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Supply Chain Vendor Morphs into SCEM with Response Management Vision
Supply chain planning vendors have moved beyond enterprise planning to solutions that encompass the whole supply chain. Companies like Kinaxis are using

ultimate business planner  at the Moment Defines Ultimate Success The cooling of the SCP market over the past few years is seen as a recognition of the imbalance between enterprise investment in long term technologies for strategic enterprise planning, product forecasting, strategic sourcing, and supply chain planning, versus and current business performance. In the foreseeable future, enterprises will still be dependent on Excel, fax, phone, and ad hoc performance metrics to drive day-to-day operations. In a world where

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Business Performance Management

Business performance management (BPM) enables organizations to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution, and provide insight needed to manage and improve financial and operational performance. This knowledge base covers scorecards, dashboards, business activity monitoring, and more.  

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