08 May 2003 | Robin Parker
Software vendor JD Edwards aims to give purchasers in manufacturing and distribution a view of supply chain information, regardless of the system they use.
Its latest release, Supply Chain Business Modeler (SCBM), puts planning, order management, manufacturing and logistics data from disparate applications into a single data warehouse.
It says this will help to speed up implementations and enable purchasers, schedulers and planners to make better use of data.
By pooling information in this way, SCBM is intended to help deliver key performance indicators and predictors across the supply chain.
Ed Stubbs, solutions consultant for JD Edwards UK, said customers were moving away from making enterprise resource planning the heart of their automated supply chain, and that they wanted a real-time view of activity.
"About 70 per cent of our implementations involve systems that have a non-JD Edwards component," he said.
"Customers want to view, note and evaluate changes in the supply chain, no matter who they bought the system from."
SCBM is the second product to be launched as part of its multi-application Supply Chain Management 9.0 suite, available within the next month, following the release of demand forecasting software.