Teradata Upgrades Supply Chain Intelligence

Adds predictive modeling capability to decision-support solution

Miami — March 13, 2003 — Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., this week used the LOGICON conference here to unveil the latest version of Supply Chain Intelligence, a decision-support solution that applies data warehousing and analytical application technology to existing planning and operational supply chain management systems.

The solution now includes a predictive modeling capability intended to enable more effective management of the key analytic drivers of demand and cycle time, and it features visual mapping, executive dashboards, balanced scorecards, a scenario analyzer, new alerting features and a transformation server.

The provider said the solution helps address several critical challenges facing manufacturers, including product out-of-stocks, inventory turns, logistics efficiency and lack of visibility across the supply chain.

Business users in logistics, production, administration and sales functions traditionally have relied on disparate planning tools to power operational systems, but these tools were inevitably mismatched. Teradata said that its Supply Chain Intelligence solution enables managers to better utilize these disparate systems and provides full visibility across the extended enterprise and down the trade channel.

The solution works with granular-level data to support the complex logistics environment manufacturers face. Among the benefits the solution provides, according to Teradata, are increased supplier performance, customer satisfaction and production cycle optimization.

The solution also continuously recalculates the entire supply chain, from the most simple to the most complex logistics networks, down to the individual item level.

"Combining production, demand, logistics and financial data in a Teradata enterprise data warehouse provides a rich platform for analyzing and tuning your supply chain to answer truly breakthrough business questions," said Jerry Hill, director of the Supply Chain Intelligence Center of Expertise at Teradata. "The flexible, Web-based interface provides inventory visibility, whether it be raw materials, work in progress or finished goods, to every level of the manufacturer's enterprise from the executive suite to the shop floor."

Hill added that an advanced early warning system in Supply Chain Intelligence broadcasts alerts of impending supply-chain issues and supports the ability to brainstorm multiple solutions to choose the optimal corrective action. Closed-loop workflow support, along with advanced visualization capabilities, can further help manufacturers to communicate, authorize and implement the action in real time.

The updated version of Teradata Supply Chain Intelligence solution is available now.