Made2Manage Updates SCM

Adds Web portal, EDI via XML and capable-to-promise capabilities to mid-market supply chain management offering

Tempe, AZ September 5, 2002  Made2Manage Systems, a provider of e-business software for the mid-market, this week rolled out the latest version of its supply chain management offering, adding new Web portal, EDI via XML and capable-to-promise capabilities, among other features.

Made2Manage says its M2M SCM suite offers interlocking supply chain management tools that include demand forecasting, planning and scheduling applications. The company gears its solutions to meet the needs of manufacturing companies with revenues up to $250 million.

The software provider has added several new functions to its enterprise portal, M2M VIP, and enhanced its electronic data interchange (EDI) capabilities with XML technology in its enterprise integration tool, M2M Link. In addition, capable-to-promise (CTP) functionality has been imbedded within the provider's enterprise resource planning solution to work in tandem with M2M Synchronizer, an application server that enables the M2M SCM planning and scheduling functionalities.

M2M VIP enables manufacturers to communicate and collaborate with their supply chain  including customers, suppliers and their own employees  through the Internet. The portal creates an environment where users can gain access to critical information housed within the M2M SCM solution.

The solution's core features include real-time account and order tracking, shipment tracking, inventory availability, product quotes, reporting capabilities and a marketplace for the exchange of goods and services. New features added in the latest version include expanded search capabilities enabling vendors to search and view purchase orders based on a variety of search criteria, automatic scheduling of catalog updates and the ability to export updates into an Excel spreadsheet for easy modification, and new reporting capabilities using a "My Profile" feature or other desired classifications.

Made2Manage also has updated its EDI solution, adding XML capabilities. The new EDI/XML solution allows users to exchange EDI, XML and flat file documents with trading partners without having to deal directly with a value-added network (VAN).

With the new capable-to-promise functionality, order takers can determine whether or not they can meet their customer's requested date based on available capacity and material. If the requested date can't be met, CTP determines the earliest date that can realistically be promised and gives alternate delivery options, such as split orders.

Previously only available through M2M SCM, CTP is now accessible from the M2M ERP system. Without having to look in a separate planning or scheduling system, users can now determine CTP dates directly from the sales order screen.