Ross Updates Supply Chain Suite for Process Manufacturers

iRenaissance solution gets features intended to boost flexibility, supply chain visibility and productivity

iRenaissance solution gets features intended to boost flexibility, supply chain visibility and productivity

Atlanta — March 24, 2005 — Software company Ross Systems has rolled out the latest release of its iRenaissance supply chain management ("SCM") suite, adding features intended to give user companies greater flexibility, improved supply chain visibility and increased productivity.

As Ross sees it, manufacturers of all sizes are looking to plan more frequently, more accurately and more proactively across the supply chain to better meet demand. To address these needs, the software company said that the new capabilities in version 5.9 of iRenaissance SCM are focused on enabling increased responsiveness to supply chain partners and improved enterprise-wide visibility through enhanced scheduling and forecasting.

In the January 2005 AMR Research report "How Do I Know That I Have a Good Forecast?", Research Director Lora Cecere stated: "To improve forecast accuracy, companies need to effectively model their channels, measure accuracy, benchmark performance and generate use among internal and external customers. To achieve these improvements, leaders measure accuracy through the steps of initial forecast development, collaborative forecast refinement and management review."

Ross said that iRenaissance supply chain execution and planning applications provide enterprise-wide order processing, warehouse and transportation management and collaborative planning and forecasting, with the goals of maximizing efficiency and strengthening supplier and buyer relationships. Focused on key vertical markets, including food and beverage, life sciences, chemicals, metals and natural products industries, iRenaissance is designed to help companies fulfill business growth objectives by optimizing core business processes, improving profitability, strengthening customer relationships and achieving regulatory compliance, the solution provider said.

The new capabilities of iRenaissance SCM, as described by Ross, include:

  • Improved Visibility. Focused on providing enhanced visibility throughout the supply chain, iRenaissance SCM 5.9 now includes Gantt charts in addition to traditional planning bar charts to provide visual job adjustments and inventory profiles, offering improved sequencing and scheduling functionality and giving companies a more complete view of available production capacity and schedules. Paired with these charts, the advanced alerting capabilities available in SCM 5.9 warn users of the impact of any changes in their plans and schedules as well as changes in demand, providing real-time notifications of capacity, materials and customer service issues. Another key aspect of enhanced visibility in SCM 5.9 includes the on-screen Forecast Waterfall, helping manufacturers monitor changes in forecast over time with stored snapshots of forecast data. This enhanced graphical and grid-based information provides more efficient on-demand analysis, in turn improving overall operations, Ross said.

  • Updated Functionality. More functional process automation and management features increase the overall productivity for iRenaissance SCM 5.9 users, according to the solution provider. Scripting gives users the ability to develop additional personalized business rules within existing planning algorithms without the need for special development resources. These personalized rules enable users to better optimize planning by developing strategies and understanding the business impact of changes prior to any action being taken, Ross said. For companies looking to expand global operations, SCM 5.9 also provides expanded multilingual capabilities.

  • Technology Platform. By making SCM 5.9 available on Microsoft SQL Server (in addition to Oracle), the latest release provides greater mid-market accessibility for small to midsize organizations with limited technology resources. The iRenaissance Internet Application Framework ("IAF") technology foundation allows users to leverage Web services to update future software releases with a fast-track release process, Ross said. Additionally, with a simplified upgrade process, companies can remotely conduct system upgrades, getting iRenaissance users updated on current versions quickly, oftentimes in less than a day, according to the solution provider.
"At Ross we are committed to developing both innovative and cutting-edge supply chain management solutions within a comprehensive suite that includes enterprise resource planning ("ERP"), customer relationship management ("CRM") and enterprise performance management ("EPM") solutions," said Eric Musser, chief technology officer for Ross Systems. "Leveraging our knowledge of global business operations, we've been able to deliver a truly integrated suite of enterprise software for manufacturers worldwide. By offering our customers market-focused and industry-proven solutions, we've empowered them to become the leaders in their markets with enhanced tools to promote increased operational efficiencies."

Ross Systems is a software unit of chinadotcom corporation.

Additional Articles of Interest

Companies are using demand management to consistently outperform their competitors and snatch up market share. For a look at what's going on in this supply and demand chain segment, read the article The Analyst Corner: Demand Management in the February/March 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.