The Supply-Chain Council Partners with Proforma

Organizations set to release object-oriented SCOR Model

Organizations set to release object-oriented SCOR Model

Washington, DC — October 3, 2005 — The Supply-Chain Council (SCC), an international, not-for-profit trade association of companies from multiple industries and responsible for all development, maintenance, enhancement and distribution of the Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model, is undergoing a project to restructure the Model and publish it in a software technology neutral database format. The new version of the Model is expected to be SCOR Version 8.0 and will be released in the first part of 2006.

The SCC underwent an extensive review process to select a product that will be used to maintain the Model as an object-oriented database. Historically, the SCC has kept the core model in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint format to ensure that all SCC members could access the Model without relying on specialized or proprietary software.

As the SCC has grown in membership and the Model has been translated into multiple mediums and languages, the SCC recognized that publishing multiple renditions of the Model from a single core database would reduce the administrative cost of managing the Model, shorten Model development cycle times and provide practitioners with more robust (and friendly) SCOR-based tools.

Proforma Corp.'s ProVision enterprise modeling suite has been selected as the software tool that the SCC staff will use to maintain and publish the Model. Proforma will partner with the SCC to convert the SCOR Model into an object-oriented relational database and assist the Council in developing internal capabilities to maintain, manage and develop SCOR and future models, such as the DCOR Model now under development by an international project team. Other process modeling software providers have been invited and agreed to participate in the project and ensure that the Model can be ported easily into any software tool.

The Supply-Chain Council is open to all types of organizations. It sponsors and supports educational programs including conferences, retreats, benchmarking studies and development of the SCOR-model. The Council has a goal of improving the supply chain efficiency of its practitioner members.

The Supply-Chain Council members include Fortune 500 companies and SMEs (small to medium enterprises) from industries worldwide, consulting firms, computer systems and solutions providers, and educational institutions.

SCOR is a process reference model that allows companies to map their supply chain processes, determining where weak links exist, employing best practices and measuring performance against industry benchmarks.