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Time to Change: New Thoughts on Supporting Business Change Fast and Flexibly
To succeed in ever-changing market conditions, you must manage and navigate an information network of business partners. Though you may have long focused your

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Linking S&OP and CPFR (For Retailers' and Manufacturers' Sakes): An Executive Panel Discussion


My recent blog series on the JDA FOCUS 2010 user conference focused primarily on JDA Software’s strategy and product roadmap on the heels of its recent acquisition of i2 Technologies. But FOCUS 2010 was reportedly the largest vendor’s conference ever, with more than 1,700 registered attendees, more than 100 customer presentations, and nearly 300 total sessions. Now, I concur with

allow comments on measurements  from their ability to allow all of the corporate participants to learn from the past and understand which assumptions have (or have not) worked, and why. They are also able to better assess the future by sensing the market drivers and evaluating risks and opportunities scenarios. Finally, everyone has to arrive at a consensus after analyzing trade-offs between the “Make”, “Source”, and “Deliver” options. The importance of  change management  when implementing or revising S&OP processes in Read More

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allow comments on measurements  must be interactive and allow for a rapid re-planning in the S&OP review meeting. Companies need the ability to model capacity changes, increases or decreases in demand, and changes in rollout dates for brand-new products. They also need the ability to see how well the plan did when compared to the actual results. Finally, another big differentiator is the ability to “close the loop” and tie the overall plan to the actual operational decisions and programs managed by the supply chain, marketing, and Read More

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