This article compares some of the top supply chain management softwares currently in the market in 2018, including SAP, Oracle, JDA Software, and Llamasoft.
In today's environment there are endless options to optimize your supply chain, including the latest technologies and softwares. Supply chain software refers to the range of tools that are designed to control business processes, execute value chain transactions and manage supplier relationships. Features include:
- Purchase order fulfillment
- Inventory management
- Supplier sourcing
- Execution-focused applications (e.g., warehouse and transportation management)
In this article we will be reviewing some of the largest SCM softwares in the Australian market, including SAP, Oracle, JDA Software, and Llamasoft.
SAP is the world’s largest business software company – founded in 1972 and headquartered in Walldorf, Germany. Its Australian counterparts houses over 85,000 employees and service 350,000 customers.
The software suite helps run a real-time supply network with comprehensive supply chain management processes – from demand planning to inventory management. It optimises supply and demand using technologies such as Internet of Things, RFID, and advanced analytics.
As the most prominent B2B software company in the world, SAP hands down makes it easy for the user to track their supply chain, with their user-friendly UX and fully integrated SCM solution. Nonetheless the implementation process to get there is sometimes windy, but all worth it once you've got it down pat. Depending whether you need a fully integrated system, SAP may be for you.
With 430,000 customers in 175 countries, Oracle provides leading-edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service. They service companies such as DB Schenker, UBI Logistics, DOW, and more. They offer different services for different company needs such as below.
The Oracle suite of softwares are easy to fit around your business, and provides easy implementation. However, learning curve is big and the softwares' endless features can sometimes be very complex for users. Support is prompt, however, and guidance on each product suite is comprehensive.
For 30+ years, JDA has been providing their customers with an end-to-end solutions portfolio to unify and shorten their supply chains, increase speed of execution, and profitably deliver to their customers. Their solutions span across a vast number of industries and services, such as categorization management, and omni-channel retail solutions. Some of their clients are below.
JDA is a great option for those who want simple to complex solutions that suit their individual company needs, with their forte being in retail. Implementation is the most difficult out of the four, but they offer a very integrated supply chain solution suite that is great for mid-sized companies.
LLamasoft, Inc. is a software and services company that develops and markets technology to model and optimize supply chain networks. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with additional offices in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the UK.
The company offers a variety of products to help clients optimize their supply chains. Supply Chain Guru enables users to model, optimize and simulate supply chain network operations as well as design alternatives and explore the service, performance, costs and risks associated with change. Transportation Guru integrates network design and transportation routing, enabling optimization of global transportation networks and simulation of cost and service improvements to existing transportation operations. Data Guru simplifies the transformation of data for business users and creates documented, repeatable, time-saving workflows.
Be prepared to invest in training and development of employees and make sure to keep some consulting budget in order to get off the ground. Implementation is swift and the software possesses logic and breadth of functionality, with plenty of flexibility. However, compared to some of its competitors, the software's design is less user-friendly.
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