15 January 2003 | Robin Parker
JD Edwards has extended its demand planning application beyond managing internal processes to staging events for the entire external supply chain.
It has added supply chain event management capabilities to its established production and distribution planning solution, part of the JD Edwards 5 suite.
Companies can give an unlimited number of suppliers, customers and trade partners access to supply plans and the chance to update records and delivery details in real time via a standard web browser.
All parties can also send immediate alerts of changes to production and distribution plans and rules, which can be retracted if plans again change.
JD Edwards expects the tool to rid problems arising in sourcing, vendor-managed inventory and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment before they affect the bottom line.
Ed Stubbs, solutions consultant at JD Edwards, said: "Real-time event management has been difficult to achieve until now, as it requires companies to have real faith in their data.
"By opening up communication between all partners, it's a constant reflection of the state of the supply chain."
• Improving supplier responsiveness is the most significant business challenge to supply chain and procurement managers, according to a survey by JD Edwards and IBM.
In their poll of 400 senior purchasing executives in food and beverage manufacturing firms, 97 per cent said making their suppliers respond faster was their main goal in automating processes.