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A roundup of recent partnership agreements and alliances in the supply chain community.

March 14, 2003 — Following is a roundup of recent announcements regarding partnership agreements and alliances in the supply chain community. These press releases are, for the most part, presented as received. Datelines have been edited for consistency, and trademark and similar notations, as well as "forward looking statement" and similar notices, have been removed.



SAQQARA and DPCI Join to Offer End-to-End Catalog Publishing Solution via QuarkXPress

SAQQARA Combines Electronic Catalog Expertise with DPCI's Proficiency with Database Publishing — Significantly Lowering Print Costs

San Jose, CA — April 21, 2003 — SAQQARA Systems, Inc., a provider of product content and catalog management software and services with more than 80 customers worldwide, today announced a partnership with DPCI, a worldwide leader in designing database publishing systems for organizations that publish catalogs across multiple channels. The partnership combines SAQQARA's collaborative technology for capturing, managing and dynamically re-expressing digital rich media for eCatalogs with DPCI's expertise in delivering content to print production formats such as QuarkXPress.

"Comprehensive product content, including its attributes, images, and cohort attributes with consumer preferences or reasons to buy, is either missing, inaccurate, or not accessible to the supply chain and/or marketing organizations," said Peter Abell, AMR Research Report, May, 2002. "Retailers are spending millions to acquire product content, photograph and measure, enter appropriate attributes, manipulate the data/images, QA and review, and store and maintain this data. These efforts occur multiple times for the same products within the original product development and distribution organizations."

Leveraging DPCI database publishing and integration experience with the distributed authoring system that is bundled with SAQQARA's CommerceSuite product enables organizations to deliver highly stylized content for their customers from a single electronic catalog. By simplifying the transition from traditional catalog layout to database publishing the cost of going to print is significantly reduced.

"DPCI's domain expertise in database publishing, combined with SAQQARA's comprehensive product content and digital asset capabilities, enables the cost effective delivery of high quality, personalized content from a single electronic catalog," said Rick Collison, VP of Marketing, SAQQARA Systems. "DPCI shares our commitment to provide high value, usable content for multiple publishing medium, including Web and print formats, leveraging the best solutions and services available."

"SAQQARA's technology answers a real need that our customers have to aggregate and maintain product content from multiple sources," said Joe Bachana, President and CEO of DPCI. "By centralizing catalog data in SAQQARA'S CommerceSuite, customers can use DPCI's database publishing expertise to significantly reduce the cost of printing full and custom catalogs, short run catalogs, as well as sell sheets and other on-demand materials."

About DPCI

DPCI is a custom software development firm that delivers content management systems for companies in various industries. DPCI builds custom systems using Microsoft, Oracle, and Java development tools. Headquartered in New York, DPCI serves customers throughout the United States and Canada, and parts of Europe and Asia. Among DPCI's clients are Carlisle Food Services, Publishers Clearing House, Grand Circle Corporation, Congressional Quarterly and Scholastic Inc.

About SAQQARA Systems, Inc.

SAQQARA is a leading provider of comprehensive product content and catalog management software and managed services that enable suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and buyers to create, manage, and leverage product content as a strategic asset. With more than 80 customers worldwide, SAQQARA solutions have been selected by global and diverse companies including Eastman Chemical, Memec, Molex, 3M, Honeywell, GE and Lincoln Electric to play a strategic role in their e-business initiatives. SAQQARA is a privately held corporation with headquarters in San Jose, California. For further information about the company and its products, visit http://www.saqqara.com or call 408-325-8200 or toll free 877-964-0100.

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John Galt Solutions, Inc. Announces That PeopleSoft Has Licensed Its ForecastX Solution

Expanded Capabilities Further Enhance PeopleSoft Demand Planning Solution

Chicago — April 22, 2003 — John Galt Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of forecasting and demand planning software solutions, announced today that PeopleSoft Inc. has licensed its ForecastX product and will integrate it with PeopleSoft's Demand Planning solution. By leveraging the forecasting capabilities of John Galt's ForecastX, PeopleSoft plans to deliver expanded forecasting capabilities to its supply chain planning customers.

A solid forecast creates the base for a demand plan that accurately reflects product patterns. John Galt's ForecastX technology allows businesses to combine business knowledge, such as events and promotions, product lifecycles and seasonal patterns, with historical data and statistics to build a forecasting process that produces a low range of error. With the integration of ForecastX and PeopleSoft's Demand Planning solution, customers will gain improved forecasting capabilities.

"These proven forecasting techniques provide a valuable extension to PeopleSoft Demand Planning", said John Webb, vice president of strategy for PeopleSoft's Supply Chain Management division. "New methods to account for seasonality, intermittent demand and slow-moving products will enable manufacturers to quickly model alternative scenarios and create more accurate forecasts."

"We're excited to be working with a supply chain management leader like PeopleSoft," said Anne Omrod President and CEO of John Galt Solutions, Inc., "We believe our customers will benefit from John Galt Solutions' proven experience and technology in the forecasting market space."

About John Galt Solutions

John Galt Solutions, Inc., a privately held company, provides leading-edge demand planning, collaborative and forecasting solutions. It strives to improve midsize businesses' demand planning and collaborative processes through accurate, innovative solutions and customer partnerships. John Galt Solutions, Inc. provides a broad family of ForecastX products and services that meet the needs of any company at every level of growth, including companies such as Fidelity Investments, Hasbro Games, Syngenta Crop Protection and Huhtamaki. For more information visit www.johngalt.com.

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Manugistics and Mxi Technologies Join Forces to Offer Powerful Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul and Supply Chain Optimization Solutions for Aviation Industry

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — April 16, 2003 — Manugistics, a leading provider of supply chain management and logistics solutions, and Mxi Technologies, a specialized maker of aviation maintenance and engineering software, today announced from MRO 2003 that they have joined forces to deliver a powerful solution set that will enable aviation clients to optimize maintenance, repair, overhaul and supply chain planning operations. MRO 2003 is one of the largest events dedicated to the aviation maintenance industry.

"A large portion of an airline's total costs are tied to asset utilization, maintenance and spares inventory," commented Dwight Klappich, Senior Program Director with META Group. "Airlines need to reduce asset downtime through optimized maintenance planning, while also addressing strategic inventory planning and supplier management. Applying commercially available information technology to address these challenges represents a significant cost reduction opportunity for the aviation industry."

This combination of Mxi's Maintenix and Manugistics' supply chain optimization suite will allow any carrier in the highly competitive aviation business to improve service levels, increase asset utilization and improve operating margins. As an advanced solution designed to streamline asset maintenance programs, Maintenix creates plans for future scheduled maintenance based on calendar days, flying hours or cycles, which can be predicted accurately based on expected flying patterns. Plans can then be easily adapted as changes to expected flight patterns inevitably take place. Maintenix captures accurate point-of-maintenance data on in-service failures and non-routine work, allowing unscheduled maintenance to be predicted with confidence as well.

These deterministic and probabilistic demand signals can then drive supply chain optimization, utilizing Manugistics' industry-proven solutions, which project demand for routine and non-routine materials and recommend an economical inventory planning strategy. Manugistics can also enable clients to automate communication with suppliers, resulting in an optimized fulfillment plan that helps assure that service targets are met at the lowest possible cost.

"The integration of maintenance and supply chain optimization has the potential to bring tremendous value to the aviation business," said Doug Brouse, Mxi Executive Vice President. "Maintenance is a key area for airlines to reduce their cost structure. Mxi is delighted to be working with Manugistics to combine our best-of-breed products to create this ground-breaking solution."

"Time is quite literally money for the airlines," commented Jeff Holmes, Executive Vice President and President of Government, Aerospace and Defense for Manugistics. "The costs are high when assets are out of service for maintenance. We look forward to working with industry leaders to deliver these key capabilities at such a critical time for the industry."

About Mxi Technologies

Mxi Technologies provides software for aviation maintenance management. Mxi's Maintenix product has been selected by leading aviation organizations such as Delta Air Lines, Qantas, Air Canada, Boeing, NetJets, Bombardier Aerospace, Executive Jet Management, the US Navy, FiatAvio, and the US Army. Maintenix uses a modern architecture and provides advanced capabilities such as Web deployment, automated workflow, electronic signatures, and support for portable wireless devices. In addition to supplying Maintenix, Mxi provides a full range of services including Maintenix implementation, systems integration, training, and support. For further details, please visit www.mxi.com.

About Manugistics Group, Inc.

Manugistics is a leader in delivering innovative supply chain and pricing software solutions. Today, more than 1,200 clients trust Manugistics to help them reduce costs, increase revenues and enhance margins. The company provides comprehensive solutions for supply chain management, service and parts management, pricing and revenue optimization, and supplier relationship management. Its clients include industry leaders such as AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Brown & Williamson, Cisco Systems, Circuit City, Coca-Cola Bottling, Continental Airlines, DaimlerChrysler, Diageo, DuPont, Fairchild Semiconductor, Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson, Lockheed Martin, Norshipco, Northrop Grumman, RadioShack, and the U.S. Department of Defense. For more information, go to http://www.manugistics.com.

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Viewlocity and EnvoyWorldWide Partner to Offer Real-time Notification Solutions for the Adaptive Supply Chain

Integrated Offering Increases Ability to Manage Unplanned Events

Bedford, MA — April 21, 2003 — EnvoyWorldWide, Inc., a leading provider of real-time interaction management and notification services, today announced the integration of its EnvoyXpress 9.0 platform into Viewlocity's Supply Web Applications (SWA) suite. The integration enables companies utilizing Viewlocity's Adaptive Supply Chain solutions to ensure continuity of operations by opening a two-way communications channel for notification and response to unplanned events.

Viewlocity's SWA leverages business logic to note when an event or circumstances deviate from the initial plan, and provides companies with options for adjustment before compromising customer satisfaction, product delivery or an expensive recovery. The interactive capabilities built into EnvoyXpress 9.0 enables SWA to programmatically trigger an event-based notification to which customers can respond in real-time to complete the business workflow. The automation of the notification process enables customers to virtually eliminate information latencies in the supply chain, minimize communications costs and enhance reach to mobile workforces.

The integrated solution, available now, is ideal for managing supply chain disruptions. As an example, if Viewlocity's SWA detects that delivery of a key component for a PC manufacturer is going to be delayed, EnvoyXpress recognizes the event, and triggers an interactive message. From a BlackBerry or other wireless device, the agent may choose to accept the available quantity and backorder the remainder, accept delivery from an alternate supplier or cancel the order. EnvoyWorldWide tracks the response and submits data back to Viewlocity to complete the workflow.

"Viewlocity has been a pioneer in creating a comprehensive Adaptive Supply Chain solution, enabling companies to manage supply chain events efficiently and immediately and drive them through resolution," said Ben Levitan, president and CEO of EnvoyWorldWide. "The integration of EnvoyWorldWide's notification services and Viewlocity's SWA ensures a solution with zero time to critical information, and zero time to best response for any given event."

EnvoyWorldWide's highly customizable notification services enable businesses to establish automated, fully interactive voice and text communications with customers, suppliers, partners and employees. The Viewlocity partnership demonstrates the effective delivery of real-time messages to a variety of wireless devices (including BlackBerry devices), along with the ability to both deliver and respond to multiple options in the case of an unplanned event, route and escalate between devices and suppliers, and track responses for management of the entire resolution process.

"Our partnership with EnvoyWorldWide takes the concept of realizing the real-time enterprise to the next level," commented Michael Sherman, chief technology officer at Viewlocity. "Through automated notification services, two-way wireless functionality and the ability to route messages until an event is resolved, Viewlocity offers the most complete solution for Adaptive Supply Chain management on the market today."

About EnvoyWorldWide

Leading companies are using EnvoyWorldWide's real-time interaction management services to drive customer and partner communications, enhance business continuity efforts and communications-enable the enterprise. The company's services facilitate automated, fully interactive voice and text communications to landline phones, faxes, email, pagers, SMS and WAP phones, PDAs, BlackBerrys and other wireless devices. Funded by Battery Ventures, Sofinnova Partners and Longworth Ventures, EnvoyWorldWide is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. More information on EnvoyWorldWide can be reached by calling 888.252.7837 or at www.envoyworldwide.com.

About Viewlocity

Viewlocity is a leading provider of adaptive supply chain management applications. The solutions combine financially optimized supply chain planning with adaptive execution to detect and respond to potential problems and opportunities as they occur, enabling companies to operate with more speed, efficiency, and flexibility than ever before. Viewlocity's customers experience dramatic improvements in on-time fulfillment, transportation costs, inventory costs, and operations as a result of implementing Viewlocity's software. For more information, call 1-(877) 512-8900 or visit our WEB site at www.viewlocity.com.

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Prescient Partners with Boomi to Enable Data Synchronization for Consumer Products Companies

Prescient Clients Will Reap the Benefits of Increased Collaboration Capabilities, Reduced Integration Costs and Interoperability

West Chester, PA — April 28, 2003 — Prescient, one of the fastest-growing providers of supply chain planning solutions for consumer products companies, today announced a partnership with Boomi, a leading provider of e-business integration software.

The Boomi partnership allows Prescient to increase the ease of collaboration between consumer products manufacturers and their trading partners by reducing the cost of compliance that consumer products manufacturers face; increasing their ability to meet the trading partners' technology and data-sharing standards; and facilitating interoperability with platforms such as .NET, XML and UCCnet. The Boomi partnership is the first deliverable in Prescient's vision to provide an end-to-end solution for consumer products companies.

Prescient has licensed the Boomi Exchange Series for enhanced data communication and translation and process management. The technology integration will allow the company to offer a data synchronization tool, Prescient Connections, to its clients as part of Prescient 5, providing a platform for data exchange and translation.

For Prescient clients like TSN Incorporated, a distributor of cleaning, food and general supplies, the added functionality will enable them to increase data synchronization capabilities and interoperability with their trading partners. TSN has recently licensed Prescient Connections and had implemented a vendor managed inventory program with McLane Company, a food logistics provider that delivers food and non-food products to more than 50,000 customer locations around the world, at the beginning of the year to reduce supply chain costs, improve data integrity and increase visibility.

"Prescient has proven that its people understand the most pressing issues underlying collaboration," said Doug Suhler, MIS director for TSN. "The ability to more efficiently and easily share information with McLane will make our collaboration efforts even more successful, which will ultimately result in better relationships and greater efficiencies throughout our supply chain."

With the Boomi functionality as part of Prescient 5, Prescient will reduce the cost of compliance and time to implementation for consumer products companies by providing templates for working with retail partners, making it very easy to meet their collaboration and systems requirements. In addition, the new ease of use will reduce the dependence on internal IT resources and will increase flexibility and responsiveness.

In addition, Prescient will reduce the time that it takes manufacturers to respond to fluctuations in inventory and changing requests from retailers by creating an automated rules-based and exception-based process that is intuitive and easy to learn.

"Our goal has always been to help our clients collaborate in the most efficient and effective way possible throughout their supply chains," said Alec Elmore, vice president, product strategy for Prescient. "In addition to collaborative programs such as vendor-managed inventory and sales and operations planning, our partnership with Boomi takes that philosophy a step further by enabling interoperability that facilitates the flow of data between consumer products companies, their suppliers and retail trading partners across all channels, providing open standards for communicating and transacting."

About Boomi

Boomi, Inc. is a leading provider of e-business integration software. Boomi eliminates the time and expense of integration by empowering its customers and partners to rapidly handle any e-business requirement. The company provides global service and support from its corporate offices in Conshohocken, Penn., and through its global partners. For more information about Boomi, call 610-834-8730 or visit www.boomi.com.

About Prescient

Prescient is one of the fastest-growing providers of supply chain planning solutions to consumer products companies. Prescient 5, the company's flagship software, covers the four key areas of supply chain planning: Demand, Supply, Collaboration and Performance Measurement. Prescient 5 is one of the industry's first fully integrated supply chain planning suites, architected with a common data model and user interface across all modules to ensure rapid implementation, ease of use and low total cost of ownership. Household brand names like The Dial Corporation, Domino's, Binney & Smith (Crayola Brand), AAi.FosterGrant, Welch's and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare rely on Prescient. For more information, visit us on the Web at www.prescientsystems.com.

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Documentum Teams with BearingPoint to Deliver Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Solution

Corporate Governance and Compliance Solution Can Help Companies Meet This Year's Compliance Deadlines

Pleasanton, CA — May 5, 2003 — Documentum, the leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM), today announced that it has joined forces with BearingPoint, Inc., one of the world's largest business consulting and systems integration firms, to offer the Corporate Governance and Compliance solution to help organizations meet impending deadlines for compliance with the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act. New federal corporate reporting requirements have mandated large corporations to have in place internal financial processes and related systems that meet the requirements of the Act by later this year or face possible criminal charges.

Through a combination of Documentum's enterprise content management and collaboration technology and BearingPoint's financial services and content management experience and methodologies, the solution can assist corporations in planning, assessing and implementing procedures needed to meet mandatory Sarbanes-Oxley requirements for internal controls and certification of financial statements. The solution is immediately available through Documentum and BearingPoint.

"Regulatory changes and impending compliance deadlines demand a rapid shift in CFO and CEO priorities," said Andrew Warzecha, Sr. VP and Service Director at META Group. "Accuracy, timeliness, transparency and completeness of financial reports are now mandatory requirements with company executives personally responsible for ensuring compliance. We are now beginning to see the first comprehensive solutions bridging the necessary technologies, methodologies and process that can help organizations quickly and cost-effectively identify risks and implement necessary changes."

Designed for public companies striving to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements, the jointly developed Documentum/BearingPoint Corporate Governance and Compliance solution includes processes, controls and technology components that can be implemented independently, or as an integrated solution with new and existing technology, and the solution can be tailored to meet unique compliance requirements. The multifaceted solution can help companies develop a secure framework and infrastructure for establishing internal controls and facilitating the collaborative preparation, review, publication and certification of financial reports. The solution also complements existing financial and enterprise reporting technologies to manage and control the entire set of financial information, from reports to discussions, email correspondence, decisions and filing documents.

"Many firms are very concerned that they will not be able to meet the deadlines for reporting requirements," said Chan Preston, a managing director with BearingPoint's Content Management practice. "Now CFOs must worry that if they do not have good financial, content, and document practices, they could face serious jail time for non-compliance. The Corporate Governance and Compliance solution is the first of its kind to offer a full lifecycle documentation feature, as well as records management, financial control repositories, and automated publishing within one solution bundle."

Two Market Leaders Offer End-to-End Solution

Key components of the Documentum/BearingPoint solution include:

  • Enterprise Controls and Records Repository — The Documentum ECM platform provides a secure, centralized environment and repository to manage financial procedures and reports, required to comply with the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley. This secure electronic cabinet enables organizations to cost-effectively and automatically capture, share, track, archive, and eventually destroy, all types of financial reports and records, corporate communications, including email and business transactions, and other relevant information.

  • Expedited Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting — Workflows automate and record the collection, compilation, review, formatting, publication, archival and disposition of financial records and related documents, and centralized dashboards provide visibility, which helps to accelerate accurate 10K and 10Q reporting.

  • Automated Exception Handling — Workflows can be configured to monitor and identify exceptions to automatically monitor standard policies or practices, ensuring that the exceptions are adequately reviewed, approved and archived. Potential issues are flagged and quickly escalated, and collaborative workplaces can be automatically generated for fast, secure resolution. Resolutions are then automatically linked back into the original workflow process. In addition, all exception handling is automatically archived.

  • Compliance Digital Workplaces — A series of digital workplaces can be used to channel content to targeted recipients, enable real-time meetings and discussions and facilitate collaborative management of relevant content. Companies can use these workplaces to develop internal controls, implement enterprisewide compliant programs and create a secure environment for board members and audit committees to collaborate. Anytime, anywhere Web access ensures that team members have continued visibility across departments or geographies, and executive dashboards provide a consolidated view of projects.

Solution Availability

The Sarbanes-Oxley Solution is immediately available from Documentum and BearingPoint. For additional information about the solution, visit: http://www.documentum.com . For additional information on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, visit: http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/gwbush/sarbanesoxley072302.pdf

About BearingPoint

BearingPoint, Inc., formerly KPMG Consulting, Inc., is one of the world's largest business consulting, systems integration and managed services firms serving Global 2000 companies, midsize businesses, government agencies and other organizations. We provide business and technology strategy, systems design, architecture, applications implementation, network, systems integration and managed services. Our service offerings are designed to help our clients generate revenue, reduce costs and access the information necessary to operate their business on a timely basis. Based in McLean, Va., BearingPoint has been named by Fortune as one of America's Most Admired Companies in the computer and data services sector. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.BearingPoint.com.

About Documentum

Documentum provides enterprise content management (ECM) solutions that enable organizations to unite teams, content, and associated business processes. Documentum's integrated set of content, compliance and collaboration solutions support the way people work, from initial discussion and planning through design, production, marketing, sales, service and corporate administration. With a single platform, Documentum enables people to collaboratively create, manage, deliver and archive the content that drives business operations, from documents and discussions to email, Web pages, records and rich media. The Documentum platform makes it possible for companies to distribute all of this content in multiple languages, across internal and external systems, applications and user communities. As a result, Documentum's customers, which include thousands of the world's most successful organizations, harness corporate knowledge, accelerate time to market, increase customer satisfaction, enhance supply chain efficiencies and reduce operating costs, improving their overall competitive advantage. For more information, visit Documentum on the Web at www.documentum.com.

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