Supply chain management from IBM and
SAP

Executive summary

The goal - Optimize your supply chain

Information visibility and collaboration of orders, plans, supplies, inventory and shipments is key to successfully coordinating all aspects of your supply chain. The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP is designed to help drive efficiency through your network, optimizing supply chain operations.

The advantage - Gain the most out of your supply chain

The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP allows you to respond more quickly to your customers' needs, while enhancing business-process continuity and risk management.

Transform your traditional supply chain into an adaptive network, sharing knowledge and easily adjusting to changing market conditions. The solution includes:


The benefits - Complete supply chain management

The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP can provide the ability to:


Business view

The goal - Optimize your supply chain

Are you collaborating with your suppliers, vendors and customers as effectively as possible? Can you handle increased customer response times, while shortening order and product cycle times? The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP is designed to help streamline your overall supply chain.

The advantage - Why IBM and SAP?

The IBM and SAP alliance has combined SAP's powerful enterprise software with IBM's global e-business infrastructure to create a unified, open-standard e-business platform for over 30 years. Together, we can help you implement new systems and help get the most out of your supply chain.


The benefits - Gain the most out of your supply chain

The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP is designed to help you get the most out of every aspect of your supply chain operations, including:


Once implemented, our solution can help your enterprise:


The approach - Real world results

Many companies have looked to us for help with sales planning and data management systems.

For one European shelving system manufacturer, our solution offered a new system that integrated sales planning for accurate calculations right through to the individual shop floor areas. Also included was long-term data stimulation planning, which entailed about 150,000 data records. The SAP system enabled parallel planning and production for both custom and mass production shelving units, giving precise control of production orders and exact availability checking.

Since the implementation, the company's productivity has risen by nearly 25%, while stocks and legal times have been reduced by around 15%.

The financial advantage - Complete supply chain management solution

The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP can help you get the most out of your investment.


Technical details

The issues - Manageable infrastructure

Do you want to transform your existing linear supply chain systems into an open, adaptive supply chain network? The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP can help integrate the planning, execution, coordination and collaboration elements of your supply chain into a successful, manageable infrastructure.

The benchmark - Proven technology

The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP is:



SAP NetWeaver, a comprehensive integration and application platform, is an integral component of mySAP Supply Chain Management. By reducing the need for custom integration, it helps you lower total cost of ownership and enables an Enterprise Services Architecture that allows:


The components - The tools and technology you need

The supply chain management solution from IBM and SAP is designed to manage your enterprise-wide supply chain network.

Key components of the mySAP Supply Chain Management solution include:



IBM also offers some of the best in hardware, middleware and services.

IBM Global Business Services draws on its full breadth of supply chain management capabilities to address the challenges that clients in all industries are facing. Our consulting and implementation services can help you plan, design, implement and run your new supply chain solution. Services can include:



The implementation - Technology that works

Indigo, a Canadian book retailer in Canada, needed to improve the efficiency and accuracy of its supply chain processes. IBM and SAP provided a supply chain management solution to help the company improve its ability to tailor their product mix and respond more rapidly to changing customer demand.

The solution also included:



Benefits included:


The cost of ownership - Lower your total cost of ownership The supply chain management from IBM and SAP can help you cut overall IT costs and lower total cost of ownership by offering:


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