27 November 2003 | Tom Lloyd
PeopleSoft has released version 8.8 of its Enterprise Supply Chain Management programme, which has been reworked in a way that the company believes will dramatically increase its effectiveness.
In 8.8, the data is gathered from an "enterprise warehouse", which holds data from all areas of the business. This gives the user a much clearer view of all aspects of the operation.
Previous versions gathered operational data from the manufacturing side of the business.
This was good for providing a coherent view of production data, but was difficult to link to office systems.
"We've got a much broader overview now," said Darryl Griffiths, solutions consultant for supply chain at PeopleSoft. "Because we are working off a common data set, it is more consistent."
In practical terms, this means users should be much more aware of any knock-on effects.
If there is an increase in orders, for example, then it should be immediately obvious that production needs to be rescheduled, logistics altered, and orders with direct suppliers increased.
PeopleSoft has also launched an off-the-shelf end-user training package that the company says can be customised to suit any client, allowing them to get the most from any PeopleSoft applications already installed.
The User Productivity Kit is a multi-language content and development tool for documentation, performance support, and classroom and web-based training of personnel.