03 July 2003 | Robin Parker
SAP aims to speed up communication between manufacturers and their suppliers in the latest version of its supply chain management software.
The expanded mySAP SCM is one of a string of new releases and upgrades unveiled at the vendor's Sapphire user conference in Florida last month.
SAP is seeking to reaffirm its dominance of the enterprise resource planning market.
It is also offering special discounts to woo any PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customers that might be wavering over the outcome of the companies' sparring with Oracle.
mySAP SCM comes with a new piece of software, the Inventory Collaboration Hub.
The application enables manufacturers to connect with their suppliers online, gain greater access to future demands and inventory at all plants and speed up their replenishment processes.
The module also provides forecasting tools and visibility patterns for procurement, fulfilment and manufacturing through SAP Event Management and Advanced Planning and Optimisation.
SAP has upgraded its customer relationship management application, and the vendor is now offering its ERP software on a piece-by-piece basis.
It has also struck a deal with eBay enabling SAP's customers to sell unwanted inventory and used equipment on the all-purpose giant e-marketplace directly through SAP's system.