Solution Providers Partnering

New Breed, Logility eye supply chain planning; Covendis, Novient tackle services procurement automation

Tempe, AZ  September 17, 2002  Solution provider partnerships this week teamed New Breed with Logility and Covendis with Novient.

Logistics and supply chain solution provider New Breed has tapped fellow software company Logility to provide a suite of supply chain planning software to enhance New Breed's demand and replenishment management services.

New Breed is offering the Logility Voyager Solutions suite of collaborative supply chain management solutions as a core solution for current and prospective clients.

Logility says that Voyager Solutions offers an integrated suite of collaborative supply chain optimization applications that can help suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers more effectively optimize activities along their respective supply chains and collaborate with trading partners to increase revenue, reduce cycle times and improve customer service.

The solutions expand the number of strategic business processes that can be executed collaboratively with trading partners via the Internet to include such processes as planning, forecasting, promotion planning, sourcing, warehousing and transportation.

Dr. Ashfaque Chowdhury, New Breed's chief information officer, said, "We recognized an opportunity to offer a higher level of supply chain, demand, replenishment and inventory planning and optimization services to our clients. By serving as a logistics service provider for the Logility Voyager Solutions suite, we can further enhance the range of services that we offer our clients."

New Breed's logistics staff has already received Logility training and is actively using the software to optimize supply chains for several clients.

Meanwhile, Covendis Technologies, which focuses on services procurement automation (SPA) software, and service industry application provider Novient have expanded their existing partnership to offer a solution for global service workforces.

The Covendis applications enable companies to automate the sourcing, requisitioning, tracking, paying and reporting processes for services purchased across the enterprise. The software can be deployed across business functions throughout the enterprise.

The two providers say that the new offering will enable Novient customers to extend their workforce management capabilities to include the procurement of such external services as contractors, consultants, marketing and off-shore development. The combination of the two solutions will help enterprises to optimize the utilization of internal and external resources, thus potentially reducing costs while improving visibility and control, the two companies assert.

"Partnering with Covendis effectively extends the capabilities of our solution," said Jeff Gaster, vice president of sales, Novient. "Users are able to more effectively minimize project cost and increase internal resource utilization when they leverage the combined solution."

"Companies spend over $1.5 trillion dollars, or more than half of their purchasing dollars, on services, and yet it remains the largest uncontrolled expense category," said Covendis founder and CEO Raymond Tsao. "Sophisticated companies are using Novient solutions to optimize the utilization of their workforce, and that will likely require the recurring use of a contingent workforce to address peaks in staffing requirements. Our applications enable such companies to standardize, automate, view and control all services procurement activities across a wide range of services and geographies from a single interface, thus making workforce optimization a reality."