Tradec Updates MCMS

Beefs up data integration, analytics, collaboration features in material cost management solution

San Jose, CA  September 27, 2002  Software provider Tradec this week rolled out the latest version of its flagship Material Cost Management System (MCMS), adding integration of demand and product data, cost-modeling and analytics capabilities and improved collaboration features.

Meanwhile, the provider reported that electronics manufacturing services provider Sanmina-SCI has implemented Tradec's MCMS in order to collaborate online with its suppliers and to share data across its worldwide locations to accelerate the quoting process.

Tradec said its MCMS enterprise software solution enables manufacturing companies to reduce material spend, improve productivity and manage supplier relationships by addressing the entire cost management cycle, from spend analysis through supplier negotiation and compliance monitoring.

The latest version of the solution, MCMS 5.6, offers tight integration of demand and product data. Integration with demand information allows buyers and suppliers to have a common context for negotiating time- and volume-phased cost reductions, the provider says, and integration with product information allows manipulation and analysis of product data by bill of material, manufacturer and commodity. The solution uses a Web services-based API as the framework for integration.

The upgrade also offers cost modeling and analysis capabilities, including comparative cost analysis to help organizations measure and track commodity take-down rates, as well as total available market (TAM) reports that provide a single, aggregated view of projected spend by commodity and supplier.

In addition, the solution is able to handle custom components, allowing users to share and leverage drawings and specifications via the Web, and it provides alternate part capabilities, which suppliers can use to suggest lower-cost alternatives to the approved design. What-if analysis allows purchasers to consider the impact of these suggestions.

Meanwhile, Sanmina-SCI, a supplier of integrated design and electronics manufacturing solutions (EMS), has implemented Tradec's MCMS solution in order to collaborate online with its thousands of suppliers while sharing data across all of the company's worldwide locations to accelerate the quoting process.

Sanmina-SCI deployed MCMS in its global quotation centers, which will allow the company's global commodity management and quotation teams to interact with the supply base and rapidly respond and coordinate quotation activities.

"The high technology market is fast-moving, and that drives our company to be more responsive, more accurate and more competitive," explained Bhawnesh Mathur, senior vice president of supply chain management at Sanmina-SCI.