The 2006 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

Your comprehensive guide to today's leading supply chain solution providers on the forefront of innovation


Technical Services Associates Inc./Puridiom (Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Enables: Payment, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, PLM, Decision Support/Consulting, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Sourcing, Order/Demand Management). First procurement application available for the PC and Windows. Led push to integrate suppliers via EDI and later by cXML. Has promoted the use of blanket agreements to enable self-service procurement strategies.

Teradata, a division of NCR (Dayton, Ohio; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Decision Support/Consulting, PLM, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Payment, CRM). Solution provides visibility, accurate monitoring, analysis and proactive alerting across entire supply and distribution chain while decreasing costs.

Terra Technology (Norwalk, Conn.; Enables: Order/Demand Management). Introduced Real-Time Forecasting (RTF) solution in 2003 and Real-Time Inventory (RTI) in 2006, helping clients decrease forecast error by 50+ percent and cut safety stock by 20+ percent.

The Mpower Group (Oak Brook, Ill.; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Fulfillment/Logistics, Procurement, Sourcing, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, PLM, CRM, Payment, Decision Support/Consulting). Focused on change management and transfer of skill and knowledge. Working with companies on an advanced Supply Chain/Sourcing Maturity Model, changing sourcing groups to Value-creating Organizations.

TradeBeam (San Mateo, Calif.; Enables: Fulfillment/Logistics, Decision Support/Consulting, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Payment). On-demand, end-to-end global trade management suite addresses such thorny challenges as supply chain visibility, global logistics and import and export compliance.

TradeStone Software (Gloucester, Mass.; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Fulfillment/Logistics, Procurement, Sourcing, Payment, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, PLM). Pioneered Unified Buying approach, helping companies streamline international and domestic supply chains, source opportunistically and globally and make more intelligent purchasing decisions.

Transplace (Plano, Texas; Enables: Fulfillment/Logistics). Believes capacity will be the key issue plaguing the logistics industry for years to come, and says ideal solution is collaboration, which can be achieved through on-demand solutions.

TrenStar Inc. (Denver, Colo.; Enables: Sourcing, Fulfillment/Logistics, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support/Consulting). Mobile asset management pioneer that tracks millions of assets daily. Its pay-per-use model supports the pooling of common containers and other mobile assets.

Verian Technologies (Charlotte, NC; Enables: Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP). Meeting mid-market requirements for robust e-procurement functionality, capturing and managing 100 percent of non-payroll spending.

VeriSign Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support/Consulting). Helping the consumer goods, retail and pharmaceutical industries access and manage data that translate into real-time visibility of product location, supply and demand by enabling information exchange and collaboration among global supply chain participants.

Verticalnet Inc. (Malvern, Pa.; Enables: Decision Support/Consulting, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Sourcing). Verticalnet's greatest innovation over the past year has been the push to put into operation it's "on-demand" service.

Vinimaya (Shelton, Conn.; Enables: Procurement). First software-based solution for enabling suppliers on e-procurement solutions much faster and less expensively than traditional methods.

Vision Chain (Washington, DC; Enables: Order/Demand Management). Supply chain managers at consumer product companies use Vision Chain for a single location to feed daily point-of-sale (POS) data into demand forecasting apps, tie purchase orders to retailer trade deductions, combine RFID read events with demand data and monitor inventory from point of shipment through the warehouse to the retail store.

Vitria Technology (Sunnyvale, Calif.; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support/Consulting, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM). Solutions provide real-time visibility of inbound/outbound orders. Helps actuals vs. historical trends comparison by the hour, enabling companies to react to problems that could result in loss of business.

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