Supply chain management forecast and trends

In this podcast, AMR's John Fontanella discuses RFID, SAP's supply chain management module, and his SCM market forecast.

Supply chain management (SCM) is at the core of many businesses and the technology is developing at a rapid pace. According to Cambridge, Mass.-based AMR Research, the market for supply chain applications grew 7% in 2006 and is expected to reach $7.9 billion by 2011.

SearchSAP.com caught up with AMR vice president of research John Fontanella to get an overview of what's going on in SCM, where SAP fits in, what to expect next from RFID, and other supply chain management topics.


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  Program highlights  

  • (:50) Background on AMR and its SCM research

  • (3:40) How and what SAP is doing in SCM

  • (5:00) Other vendors doing innovative things

  • (5:55) Software as a Service (SaaS)'s impact on SCM

  • (8:56) Is best-of-breed more important than buying one software suite?

  • (11:20) What's happening with RFID

  • (13:50) Unexpected benefits of RFID

  • (16:25) How can SCM customers or potential customers take advantage of the current market?

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  • Lessons from the Supply Chain Top 25: Supply chain efficiency must be driven by customer demand and depends on the right IT systems, AMR's recent ranking of the top-performing companies finds.

  • An SAP SCM career: Getting started: Can I get a job in SAP SCM with IT experience? Would I have to take any certification classes related to SAP SCM to benefit the job search?

  • Which SAP SCM application is the most marketable?: I have been recently introduced to SAP and its SCM applications; which SAP SCM application is the most marketable?

  • SAP implementation keeps Aquarion Water flowing: Aquarion Water cut its SAP implementation time from five years to two using a big-bang approach.

  • Is SAP incorporating RFID into its products?: What is RFID, and is it right for my company? This guide explains the basics of RFID, what SAP is doing with RFID in its products, and how you can build a business case for RFID.

  • SCM and SRM: Looking for information on Supply Chain Management and Supplier Relationship Management solutions? This week we examine what SAP and others have to offer.

  • SAP RFID Learning Guide: Questions about SAP and RFID? Look no further. This Learning Guide is a compilation of information about RFID from across the Web.

  • SearchSAP.com Editorial Blog: This is the place for additional commentary and discussion about recent events, news stories or whatever else happens in the SAP world.

  • SearchSAP.com Audio Downloads: Visit our audio download archive.

  • This was first published in August 2007

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