Tag Archives: cloud computing

Analyzing and Reporting

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A while back, in December, 2010, we covered How Business Analytics is Being Delivered in the EDI World. Lot of water over the dam since then, so let’s take a look! Business intelligence / analytics coupled with data aggregation are not new terms. They have depended directly on the business system (like SAP) hence indirectly on the EDI system. They go back before EDI: a lot of them were once called “Decision Support Systems.”
So what do we focus on with Business Intelligence? A common list includes: (1) Customer Behavior (what your customer has done previously is an indication of what the customer might do in the future), including data like does customer buy at store, over the phone or on the Internet; (2) Sales and Marketing Research (all kinds of external data); (3) Financial Analysis (includes budget analysis and “spend analysis”); (4) Procurement; (5) Supplier Relationships.

Lot of opportunities to collaborate with partners like suppliers, vendors, customersWant to safely jump into this amazing new world? Best finding an experienced partner for help. Check out Techdinamics. For a robust link to vendors, see the EDI Tool Box.

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Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider

Cloud computing is rapidly changing the way both IT and the business work. It is no longer a “should we” question, it is a “when are we” question. Companies are interested in outsourced (“public”) cloud offerings in order to reduce costs and increase business agility. Yes ,there are potential risks which must be addressed. Cloudcomputing conclusions must be joint between business and IT decision makers. Key players need to define business service requirements first and then decide how to balance the use of internal IT resources and external public offerings. This decision-making process must include the main players, which includes the director of Supply Chain Management.Read more: http://ec-bp.com/index.php/advisors/ec-bps-bloggers/1017-choosing-a-cloud-hosting-provider?hitcount=0#ixzz2CkvYzqCT

Selecting SCM Systems

In a recent article Supply Chain Management as a Service (SCMaaS), a couple of interesting comments came up: (1) are there end-to-end applications available or just the sort of point solutions you’ve listed? Based on your broad definition of the supply chain, it would almost seem that a broad solution would be a cloud-based ERP; (2) are there vendors that focus on the planning side? The vendors you describe seem to be on the execution part of the process.

On another recent project (Wholesale Distributors; Do They Use ERP or CRM?), I found  software that was advertised as addressing “Wholesale Distribution Software”.

Back to basics. Just what is a Supply Chain Management System?

Misconceptions About Cloud Computing

Most of us are in the “supply chain” somewhere (logistics, EDI, procurement, da de da) but we keep learning and see that Cloud computing is great for us. But we keep seeing all kind of things that warn us about the Cloud, tell us of dangers in the Cloud and make us concerned if we are going in the right direction. Is it real or is it just our IT people concerned about their status quo? You know: huge rooms full of servers, rows and rows of cubicles full of administrators. I am going to sift through a whole basket of stories on the Cloud that relate to Supply Chain Management. I will try and pick the best.

Cloud Computing Biggest Providers for 2012

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In looking at the benefits of moving to Cloud Computing, it keeps hitting me that size of the provider is important. Last thing you need is a provider that can’t respond to your request for more resources for a new and critical project. In selling the Cloud concept, “scalability” is one of the “biggies” to wake up the client to the power of Cloud Computing. I took a look at the published results for 2012 and 2011and put my own spin on them.

My Good Reasons to Move to a Cloud Computing Provider

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For companies seriously considering the cloud, but who are uncertain of the potential benefits, I’ve drawn up a short list of why cloud computing might make sense when compared with hosting in a data center or separately building the required infrastructure.  Once considered an unproven technology, cloud computinghas steadily gained mainstream acceptance.