Friday, June 23, 2017

Knoa Helps Accelerate Westcon-Comstors Global Rollout Of SAP ERP With SAP UEM By Knoa


Knoa Software, a leading provider of user experience management (UEM) software, today announced that Westcon-Comstor, the leading value-added global distributor of security, unified communications, network infrastructure and data center solutions, used SAP® User Experience Management (SAP UEM) by Knoa to assist with its global rollout of the SAP ERP application to 4,000 employees in 54 countries. The SAP UEM application provides visibility into software usage, enabling Westcon-Comstor to monitor and analyze user activity and system performance, and understand training needs. 

Westcon-Comstor began using SAP UEM in 2014, shortly after kicking off its SAP ERP global rollout. It found SAP UEM especially useful in identifying transaction codes that were causing bandwidth issues and delays; this insight enabled the company to clean up the custom code and increase productivity. 

“A global implementation was made easier thanks to the tools that the software has been able to provide," said Andy Feehan, Organizational Change Management and Training, Westcon-Comstor. "The reports that SAP UEM provides help leadership make calculated decisions based on facts.” 

Knoa Software is an SAP partner whose user experience management solution is resold by SAP as an SAP Solution Extension. SAP UEM sheds light on application usage, user adoption and workflows, helping customers protect and maximize investments in SAP applications and upgrades. 

“We are proud that our solution helped to ensure the success of this massive global rollout,” said Brian Berns, CEO of Knoa Software. “Westcon-Comstor is an impressive company and excellent partner that understands how to get the greatest benefit out of its SAP solutions. SAP UEM can assist with implementations and migrations involving the full spectrum of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors solutions, SAP Fiori apps and more.”

Read the full article here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

SAP Ariba and Samasource join forces to eradicate child exploitation in the supply chain | SCM | Supply Chain Digital

SAP Ariba has teamed up with nonprofit Samasource to ensure that child labor within the supply chain becomes a thing of the past.

The two companies have joined forces to stamp out poverty and drive fair labor practices across global supply chains by leveraging the power of technology and digital networks.

Founded in 2008, Samasource is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to lifting people out of poverty by providing training and access to dignified digital work through a process called “impact sourcing”, which is the practice of hiring people at the bottom of the pyramid, giving them access to earning a living wage, allowing them to transform their quality of life on their own terms.

For SAP Ariba, which works with 2.8 million companies in 190 countries worldwide, Samasource seemed like the ideal partner to work with to combat the exploitation of poverty within the supply chain and together they believe they have the transparency to resolve what is being described as "one of the biggest issues in the supply chain today."

Alicia Tillman, Chief Marketing Officer of SAP Ariba said: “At SAP Ariba, we firmly believe that one of the most effective ways to eradicate poverty is through free markets.

"Collectively, the Global 2000 spend $12 trillion on goods and services annually. These companies – more than 75 percent of which are connected to the Ariba Network - have the buying power to ensure they provide fair labor practices across their supply chains. And this is exactly what we, in collaboration with Samasource, hope to inspire them to do.
Read full article here

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

YES Bank Partners IBM, SAP For Digital Transformation -

Yes Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank hosted an exclusive Digital Roundtable today, in collaboration with Innovation partners, SAP and IBM, as part of its continued focus on developing the digital banking ecosystem in India through collaborations and joint initiatives. Through this collaboration, the bank envisages making a significant impact in digitizing the financial supply chain of its clients.
Read full article here

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Why is the last mile so inefficient? | Supply Chain Dive

Highly customized service, complex routes and various stakeholders make perfecting the last mile a challenge

Editor's Note: This article is part of a series on perfecting last-mile delivery. All stories in this series can be found here.

The last mile is extremely inefficient. It is the final frontier of logistics, a cost so habitual yet burdensome to supply chains that it begs for futuristic ideas, e.g. drones, flying warehouses or self-driving cars, to capture our imaginations. 

Such dreams of a seamless delivery experience are hardly new. The United States Postal Service has been trying to perfect its process for centuries; and United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx, for decades. Only now, the digital age has pulled last-mile delivery to the forefront of retailers' minds as e-commerce and the Amazon effect require them to offer fast and free delivery, or become uncompetitive.

Consequently, the industry returns to an age-old question: How can we perfect this process? Except this time, the technology and intent to do so may finally be in alignment.

Read the full story here

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Survey: EDI efforts are growing in the supply chain | Supply Chain Dive

Dive brief:

  • Roughly 76% of 80 SAP Business One users surveyed by the University of Tennessee said they expect to see their electronic linkages with suppliers grow up to 25%, or more, according to a report sponsored by DiCentral.
  • Inbound Logistics reports 80% of respondents said their buyers run an electronic data interchange (EDI) compliance program, which include penalties, and 3% have been fined over $100,000 for compliance over the past year.
  • Improving technology and the need for greater supply chain connectivity is making such linkages more important, but also helping companies: 60% say data integration has improved their customer service levels, and 75% are confident they can process most inbound EDI/XML connections without a human touch.
Read full article here

Monday, June 12, 2017

SAP FI/CO Table Relationship Mapping

Below is a diagram showing all the main SAP FICO tables and their relationships with each other. Check it out and see if I have missed any.

Click the image to see a larger version - You may have to save the file to your hard drive to zoom in.
(Download PDF version)

Uber for freight has arrived but truckers' feelings mixed on new app | Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:

  1. With the roll-out of the new program Uber Freight, in which truck drivers are more easily able to locate shipments for transport, differing degrees of optimism and skepticism exist within the industry, WSIL reported. 
  2. Some drivers believe the program allows greater ease of entry to get started in the industry, while others note the likelihood of even more intense competition. Regardless, compensation — which truckers assert can take anywhere from a day to half a year — will be a welcome sight, as Uber Freight promises that pay for the drivers will be either instantly or within a week, and with no added fees.
  3. With Uber bringing greater competitiveness in the market, some truckers voice the concern that a price war is possible, which could ultimately lower driver fees.
Read full article here

Thursday, June 8, 2017

How Blockchain is Transforming the Supply Chain

Though diamonds have been around forever, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the four Cs for diamond quality—cut, color, clarity and carat—became a globally accepted standard for describing diamonds. There is a fifth C, however, and that is certification.
A diamond certification is a diamond-grading report, which is a printed opinion on the quality of a diamond by a specific diamond grader at a set time under exacting conditions. The certificates provide an unbiased third-party opinion as to a diamond’s characteristics and a means of identifying one diamond from another.
In 2000, an additional certification measure went into effect when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed a resolution to create an international certification scheme for rough diamonds to stem the trade of conflict diamonds. This measure, approved by the UN in 2000 and in effect by 2003, is known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, and sets the standard for controlling rough diamond production and trade.
However, despite having precise certification methods in place, fraud still runs rampant in the diamond world. In April of this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 10 men in New York for their alleged role in fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in untraceable diamonds in New York, Las Vegas and Mumbai. A few years earlier, a criminal network in London, known as the boiler-room gang, was convicted for selling dozens of colored diamonds to investors at up to 30 times their value.
Leanne Kemp, the founder and CEO of Everledger, a startup launched in 2015 through the Barclays Techstars accelerator, hopes to restore the diamond industry’s tarnished image by making sure the provenance of diamonds is crystal clear.
The London-based fintech company seeks to accomplish this by cross-referencing certified diamonds against a digital ledger that records ownership and origin of the stones to prevent fraud. Everledger securely captures the defining characteristics of the diamonds and creates a digital thumbprint that is stored in the blockchain for each one. This information, which includes history, transport, events and ownership, is relied upon by multiple stakeholders across global supply chains to verify each diamond’s authenticity.
Blockchain, the decentralized record book that underpins Bitcoin, was the perfect place to create a digital ledger designed to trace and verify certification of diamonds, according to Kemp.
“Diamonds are the perfect use case for blockchain technology,” she says. “Blockchain is a network technology, orchestrating trade amongst participants with embedded trust and smart enablement of contracts. Take the Kimberley Process as a prime example of a network in which there was already a consortium and operating protocols. This framework of consensus plays well into the fabric of blockchain. In the diamond industry, we have inspection points, certificates and physical scientific laboratories. It is a controlled environment where certain levels of science and scanning technologies are applied. All of these are important parts to the structure of integrity.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SAP debuts new 'Leonardo' Blockchain as a Service | Supply Chain Dive

  1. SAP has introduced "Leonardo," a new Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) offering which is "ready-to-use blockchain technology" that resides in the SAP Cloud, CNBC reported. Leonardo is accessible remotely rather than dependent on 'on premise' technology or end-user software.
  2. SAP Leonardo functions comprehensively, as it features blockchain Cloud service technology, as well as machine learning and the internet of things (IoT), which will integrate as a single ecosystem.
  3. This fusion of technologies offers the ability to automatically order new parts or consumables in a business supply chain connected to the IoT. Artificial intelligence (AI) is included in order to automate procedures, while the blockchain acts to propagate smart contract orders and/or pay for goods.
Read the full article here

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Study Reveals Growth Companies Are Investing In Customer-Facing Supply Chain Solutions To Improve Supply Chain Efficiencies In The Digital Era

In today’s digital supply chain landscape, electronic linkages between customers and suppliers is on the rise, and double-digit growth is expected in 2017 and beyond, according to new research released today from leading B2Bi Managed Services provider DiCentral, in partnership with SAP and the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee (UT) Haslam College of Business. The whitepaper, “Proactive Partnerships: Creating Supply Chain Value in the Digital Era,” helps prepare supply chain and EDI decision makers for digital disruption in the supply chain and highlights how to adopt – and adapt – digital tools to prepare for and protect against this disruption.

In today’s instant-gratification buying culture, buyers and suppliers must be in lockstep. Suppliers operate in a world of slim profit margins and tight deadlines, and late shipments for failing to follow the packaging requirements of a retailer – such as a misplaced barcode – can result in costly penalties. According to 80 percent of survey participants, their customers run an existing EDI compliance program, which can result in penalties, and nearly 75 percent of survey respondents have been subject to fines due to noncompliance. Among those respondents receiving fines, 3 percent report receiving fines of more than $100,000 in a 12-month period. For small- and midsized businesses (SMBs), these fines can have a material impact on profits.

From machine-to-machine communication (such as EDI) and data analytics, to cloud-based solutions and mobile capabilities, disruptive technologies are far and wide, and digital technologies are transforming the way today’s organizations operate. More and more companies are embracing these automation tools and supply chain analytics to remain competitive, reduce costly human errors and improve customer service levels.

Friday, June 2, 2017

News: SAP Ariba a Leader in eProcurement

SAP Ariba has been ranked as a leader in eProcurement by independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. in a new report titled “The Forrester Wave™: eProcurement, Q2 2017,” (The Forrester Wave™: eProcurement, Q2 2017, Forrester Research, Inc., May 2017).

Designed to assess the current state of the market for eProcurement solutions, the Forrester Wave evaluated 12 Procurement software vendors using 30 criteria. SAP Ariba received among the highest scores for:
  • Globalization
  • Corporate strategy
  • Market presence, including installed base and market share of new deals
The company was also recognized for providing a comprehensive spend management suite, continued investments in functionality for indirect categories and a shifted focus on direct materials.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

U.S.-bound shipments post strong gains in April, reports Panjiva - Article from Supply Chain Management Review

Data recently issued by global trade data provider Panjiva showed annual and sequential gains for United States-bound waterborne shipments in April.
April shipments at 950,408 saw a 9.7% gain on an annual basis, which Panjiva said represents the fastest rate of growth going back to February 2016, and comes on the heels of a 8.7% annual gain in April that led to a 17.3% annual increase in the U.S. trade deficit.
Panjiva cited various factors for April’s strong performance, including:
  • China and European shipments rising 16.4% and 16.1%, respectively;
  • Chinese customs data reporting a 12% increase in the dollar value of goods shipped in April, with some arriving in May;
  • shipment gains from Europe mark a return to double-digit growth and its fastest rate of expansion since August 2016; and
  • imports from South Korea, where the U.S. is threatening to renegotiate the KORUS (U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement) saw its second straight month of declines, down 10.6%;

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Manhattan Unveils its Active Supply Chain Solution Suite - Article from Supply Chain Management Review

The suite includes “Manhattan Active Distribution,” focusing on warehouse and labor management and Manhattan Active Transportation, designed to provide logistics management and shipment visibility.
By Patrick Burnson
May 15, 2017
A new Manhattan Active Supply Chain Solution suite was recently introduced at the company’s annual “Momentum Customer Conference. According to spokesmen, the service introduces new innovations designed to increase warehouse throughput and help enterprises keep up with the pace of warehouse systems innovation.
Basically, the suite includes “Manhattan Active Distribution,” focusing on warehouse and labor management and Manhattan Active Transportation, designed to provide logistics management and shipment visibility.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2017 Supply Chain Top 25 - Article from Supply Chain Management Review

Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. 
Unilever topped the Supply Chain Top 25 ranking for the second consecutive year in 2017, followed by McDonald’s, Inditex, Cisco and H&M (see Table 1). Two new companies made the Supply Chain Top 25, with Nokia rejoining after a seven-year hiatus and Diageo making the list for the first time.
Perennial supply chain leader Amazon joined Apple and P&G in qualifying for the “Masters” category, which Gartner introduced in 2015 to recognize sustained leadership over the last 10 years.