Enterprise Software Books

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IT Decision Making Books

Gartner and the Magic Quadrant: A Guide for Buyers, Vendors and Investors

This book chronicles possibly the most interesting story of the past several decades in the enterprise software space: the lack of evidence for the benefits of ERP systems. Yes, the most popular and widely purchased application in enterprise software had a series of logics or central arguments for why it should be purchased. In the early stages of the ERP “revolution” there was no evidence, proposals regarding ERP Software were made without evidence. Three decades into the history of ERP systems, the evidence is in, and it looks quite a bit different from what was originally proposed. However, this evidence has not been synthesized and reviewed comprehensively — and then explained to corporate buyers. This book is the first to do exactly that. (Read More)

Enterprise Software Selection: How to Pinpoint the Perfect Software Solution Using Multiple Sources of Information

Essential reading for success in your next software selection and implementation. 

Software selection is the most important task in a software implementation project, as it is your best (if not only) opportunity to make sure that the right software—the software that matches the business requirements—is being implemented. Choosing the software that is the best fit clears the way for a successful implementation, yet software selection is often fraught with issues and many companies do not end up with the best software for their needs. However, the process can be greatly simplified by addressing the information sources that influence software selection. This book can be used for any enterprise software selection, including ERP software selection.

This book is a how-to guide for improving the software selection process, and is formulated around the idea that—much like purchasing decisions for consumer products—the end user and those with the domain expertise must be included. In addition to providing hints for refining the software selection process, this book delves into the often-overlooked topic of how consulting and IT analyst firms influence the purchasing decision, and gives the reader an insider’s understanding of the enterprise software market. (Read More)

This book is connected to several other SCM Focus Press books including Enterprise Software TCO and The Real Story Behind ERP.

Enterprise Software TCO: Calculating and Using Total Cost of Ownership for Decision Making

Essential reading for success in your next software selection and implementation. 

Total cost of ownership is critical to good software decision making. However, TCO is both infrequently performed, and often poorly performed when attempted. However, a lack of use of TCO has been behind some of the great errors in software decision making, including the over-investment in ERP software and the under-investment in best of breed solutions. This book explains both how to use TCO as a decision making tool between various applications within the same category, but also how to make the broadest IT decisions, such as those related to overall solution architecture, and the integration of best of breed solutions in a far more informed manner. Examples of this analysis are the following:

  • Best of Breed Software Comparisons
  • Big ERP Versus Tier 2 ERP
  • Big ERP Versus No ERP
  • ERP Versus Best of Breed
  • Two Tier ERP Versus Other ERP Strategies
  • Cloud ERP Versus On Premises ERP (Read More)

Demand and Supply Planning

Supply Chain Forecasting Software

This books explains the important aspects of supply chain forecasting. The book is designed to allow the reader to get more out of their current forecasting system, as well as explain some of the best functionality in forecasting, which may not be resident in the reader’s current system, but how they can be accessed at low-cost.

The book breaks down what is often taught as a complex subject into simple terms and provides information that can be immediately put to use by practitioners. One of the only books to have a variety of supply chain forecasting vendors showcased. The book also provides the reader with a look into the leading edge of forecasting. Several concept that are covered, while currently available in forecasting software, have yet to be widely implemented or even written about.

The book moves smoothly between concepts to screen shots and descriptions of how the screens are configured and used. This provides the reader with some of the most intriguing areas of functionality within a variety of applications. (Read More)

Reviews for Supply Chain Forecasting Software

This book has received some nice reviews. Here are some quotations and some links below:

“In 2011 I came across Shaun Snapp’s blog (scmfocus.com), and immediately took a liking. In particular, I was drawn to his independent and critical tone, and a willingness to challenge the “objectivity” of many commentators and advisors in the forecasting industry. He also takes a reasoned look at the common dogmas of our profession, with an eye to encouraging what can work, while exposing the marketing fluff and shoddy thinking of the really bad ideas. He is not just another cheerleader hyping the latest forecasting buzzword or fad.”

To see the full review see the link below:

http://blogs.sas.com/content/forecasting/2012/10/19/new-book-supply-chain-forecasting-software/

Supply Planning with MRP, DRP and APS Software

Screenshots and examples from JDA, SAP, Demand Works and Barloworld, PlanetTogether, and MATLAB (PlanetTogether is not a supply planning system, but is used in the book to demonstrate heuristic adjusted optimization. MATLAB is used to demonstrate the use of an external optimizer.)

What the Book is About

This books focuses on the five non-MIEO methods of supply planning, MRP/DRP, heuristics, allocation, and cost optimization. (MEIO is covered in the companion book). As with all SCM Focus books, it is written by and targeted at practitioners, the book specifically explains how each of the methods work. It also delineates the differences between them, as well as providing the history of their development and what approaches have been found to work in implementing each method over time.

Related Topics to MRP, DRP, Heuristics, Allocation and Optimization

The book also covers areas such as bill of material management and master data management that are necessary to properly implement any supply planning system. It is the only supply planning book currently available which provides a comparative analysis of supply planning concepts with different applications. This includes many screen shots and descriptions of how the screens are configured and used. This provides the reader with some of the most interesting areas of functionality within a variety of applications. (Read More)

Reviews for Supply Planning with MRP, DRP and APS Software

This book has received some nice reviews. Here are some quotations and some links below:

“Enterprise software solutions for material requirements planning (MRP), distribution requirements planning (DRP), and advanced planning (APS) can be powerful tools — if you know how to use  them. This book explains five different supply planning methods and how they are incorporated into various supply planning applications. It also covers constraint based and reorder point planning, backward and forward consumption, scheduling and simulation.

Supply chain managers will learn how to choose the right supply planning methods for their operations, avoid common supply planning software implementation issues, and configure software solutions for maximum effectiveness”

Inbound Logistics, January 2014

 

Inventory Optimization and Multi-Echelon Planning Software

Screenshots and examples from MCA Solutions/Servigistics, ToolsGroup, Logility and SmartOps.

What the Book is About

This books explains the emerging technology of inventory optimization and multi-echelon (MEIO) supply planning. It takes a complex subject and effectively communicates what MEIO is about in plain English terms. This is the only book currently available that describes MEIO for practitioners, rather for mathematicians or academics.

The book describes with text and graphics how inventory optimization allows the entire supply plan to be controlled with service levels, and how multi echelon technology answers the question of where to locate inventory in the supply network. This is the only book on inventory optimization and multi echelon planning which compares how different best of breed vendors apply MEIO technology to their products. It also explains why this technology is so important for supply planning and why companies should be actively investigating this method. The book moves smoothly between concepts to screen shots and descriptions of how the screens are configured and used. This provides the reader with some of the most intriguing areas of functionality within a variety of applications. (Read More)

Manufacturing and Production Planning

Process Industry Manufacturing Software: ERP, Planning, Recipe, MES & Process Control

The only book which covers process industry manufacturing software, this book covers many different types of process industry manufacturing environments, and describes how the planning needs of the process industries are so unique and stand apart from discrete or repetitive manufacturing. The book also covers how to leverage specific functionality in multiple applications in order to meet common process industry requirements. (Read More)

 

Superplant: Creating a Nimble Manufacturing Enterprise with Adaptive Planning Software

In an environment of increasingly globalized manufacturing, a very long production line that spans the globe is more common than ever.

For an increasing number of corporations, multi-plant planning is a reality. “Superplant” describes the ability to plan separate locations as if they were part of one giant plant – or superplant, and is the more accurate modeling of location interdependencies for production and supply planning than is provided by standard advanced planning functionality. This book delves into the three advanced functionalities that must be enabled for superplant planning: multi-plant planning, subcontracting and multi-source planning.

By reading this book you will:

  •     Investigate how multi-site planning works from a design perspective.
  •     Learn about the functionality that exists to specifically address multi-plant planning and understand why most supply planning software can do nothing with multiple plants.
  •     Explore in-depth the PlanetTogether application, which targets the unique planning requirements of a superplant.
  •     Learn how to set up master data objects to support multi-plant planning functionality.
  •     Improve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through proper deployment of multi-plant planning functionality.
  •     Examine how subcontracting and contract manufacturing fit into the superplant concept.

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Constraint Based Supply and Production Planning in SAP APO

Constraint-based planning generates something that is appealing to all manufacturers: a feasible supply and production plan. However, constraint-based planning software was first implemented over twenty years ago, and yet few companies have mastered constraint-based planning.

This book provides the background information, detailed explanations, step-by-step examples, and real-life scenarios to assist a company in becoming proficient at constraint-based planning, along with valuable information about what SAP APO can do for supply and production planning in reality, rather than just in theory.

Constraint-based planning generates something that is appealing to all manufacturers: a feasible supply and production plan. However, constraint-based planning software was first implemented over twenty years ago, and yet few companies have mastered constraint-based planning.

This book provides the background information, detailed explanations, step-by-step examples, and real-life scenarios to assist a company in becoming proficient at constraint-based planning, along with valuable information about what SAP APO can do for supply and production planning in reality, rather than just in theory.

You will learn about resources—the mechanism for constraining the plan in APO and for determining the feasibility of the plan—and how constrained supply and production planning work together (and how they don’t). In addition, this book talks about constraint-based planning at the supplier level: can a vendor’s production be capacity-constrained? (Read More)

ERP System Management

The Real Story Behind ERP: Separating Fiction from Reality

This book chronicles possibly the most interesting story of the past several decades in the enterprise software space: the lack of evidence for the benefits of ERP systems. Yes, the most popular and widely purchased application in enterprise software had a series of logics or central arguments for why it should be purchased. In the early stages of the ERP “revolution” there was no evidence, proposals regarding ERP Software were made without evidence. Three decades into the history of ERP systems, the evidence is in, and it looks quite a bit different from what was originally proposed. However, this evidence has not been synthesized and reviewed comprehensively — and then explained to corporate buyers. This book is the first to do exactly that. (Read More)

Two Tiered ERP 2

The Real Story Behind Two Tiered ERP: Separating the Marketing from the Usable Strategy

Two-tiered ERP is widely understood as the use of different ERP systems for different layers of an organization. Until this book, the effectiveness of a two-tiered ERP strategy could only be determined through anecdotal evidence, the marketing literature of ERP vendors, and the advice of consulting companies. By understanding two-tiered ERP within the context of ERP’s history, readers will see how two-tiered ERP may represent a crack in the façade of “big ERP,” and will know how to formulate a comprehensive and logical response to proposals about implementing a two-tiered strategy. (Read More)

SAP APO – Advanced Planning

Constraint Based Supply and Production Planning in SAP APO

Constraint-based planning generates something that is appealing to all manufacturers: a feasible supply and production plan. However, constraint-based planning software was first implemented over twenty years ago, and yet few companies have mastered constraint-based planning.

This book provides the background information, detailed explanations, step-by-step examples, and real-life scenarios to assist a company in becoming proficient at constraint-based planning, along with valuable information about what SAP APO can do for supply and production planning in reality, rather than just in theory.

Constraint-based planning generates something that is appealing to all manufacturers: a feasible supply and production plan. However, constraint-based planning software was first implemented over twenty years ago, and yet few companies have mastered constraint-based planning.

This book provides the background information, detailed explanations, step-by-step examples, and real-life scenarios to assist a company in becoming proficient at constraint-based planning, along with valuable information about what SAP APO can do for supply and production planning in reality, rather than just in theory.

You will learn about resources—the mechanism for constraining the plan in APO and for determining the feasibility of the plan—and how constrained supply and production planning work together (and how they don’t). In addition, this book talks about constraint-based planning at the supplier level: can a vendor’s production be capacity-constrained? (Read More)

Multi-Method Supply Planning in SAP APO

Which supply planning method meets your company’s business requirements? The answer might surprise you!

Here’s the truth: There is no one right supply planning method for all situations, even within one company! In fact, it is unnecessary to choose only one method, and using multiple supply planning methods is feasible and in most cases, has many advantages over using a single method.

This book explains why no one supply planning method meets all requirements, and lists the many benefits of using multiple supply planning methods. It gives practical advice about selecting supply planning methods and method modifiers, and goes deep into the “how to” of implementing mixed methods.

By reading this book you will:

  • Understand the supply planning methods available within SAP SNP.
  • Separate the sales rhetoric from the truth when making software purchasing decisions.
  • Discover prototypes and the benefits of testing supply planning methods prior to implementation.
  • Explore the information and human challenges of combining multiple supply planning methods.
  • Make multiple supply planning methods work together in either one or multiple software applications.

Drawing upon his own vast experience as an implementation consultant, and through extensive use of graphics and screen images from SAP SNP and other software, Shaun Snapp empowers you to choose supply planning methods with confidence and to successfully integrate multiple methods in one or more applications.

A Book Based in Reality

The book provides many examples from real life project experiences, the emphasis being on the reality of APO projects.

Interconnected to Web Information

In order the keep the book at a manageable and easily readable length, the book also provides numerous links out to the SCM Focus site, where supporting articles allow readers to get into more detail on topics that interest them. (Read More)

 

Planning Horizons, Calendars and Timings in SAP APO

APO is the most fully-featured supply chain planning suite on the market, and its sheer number of timing settings makes it one of the most complex as well! Keeping these settings straight and associating the timings across the modules—as well as coordinating the timings with the connected systems—is a challenge in APO. If you would like to better understand the timing settings in APO and other advanced planning systems, or if your company is planning to implement APO, this book is for you. Here you will learn about the timing settings, planning horizons and calendars in four of the most commonly-implemented APO applications (DP, SNP, PP/DS and GATP), and how timing settings in one APO module interact with and impact upon the timing settings in the other APO modules. (Read More)

Setting Up the Supply Network in SAP APO

Never before has a supply planning book concentrated solely on setting up the Supply Network Planning (SNP) model in SAP APO, the most fully-featured supply chain planning suite on the market.

This book is the only book on supply planning to focus entirely on how to set up supply networks in APO, and how to meet highly-customized requirements that relate to supply network design. You won’t even find these topics covered in depth in SAP Training classes!

Companies should evaluate multiple supply network designs thoroughly before choosing a solution. The solution must strike a balance between meeting business requirements and being workable and maintainable. This book will teach you what you need to know to find this balance and evaluate solutions with confidence.

Through extensive use of graphics and screen images, this book will familiarize you with Supply Network Planning in SAP APO and show you what you need to do to design supply networks for real-life applications, where everyday business requirements necessitate a nonstandard network design. (Read More)

 

PLM and the Bill of Materials

Bill of Materials in Excel, Planning, ERP and PLM/BMMS Software

The ability to manage BOM information has never been greater. However, the vast majority of companies are missing out on this opportunity!

Focusing on a major area of weakness at most companies — how bill of materials (BOM) information is managed —  the book explains how the BOM is the most integrated object in the company and  how it ties together internal and external parties. There are exceptional opportunities for companies to improve the management of the BOM by applying software and an integrated approach. This books shows how the BOM is represented in multiple systems, and presents  BOM management solutions using highly usable and effective applications.

Areas of Focus of the Bill of Materials

The underlying message of this book is how the effective implementation of a BOM management system enables a variety of other applications that rely upon BOM information. An application such as Arena Solutions (a PLM BOM management system provider featured in the book) is a key enabler to the other applications that rely upon clean and up-to-date bill of materials information. .

The book takes an integrated approach to the BOM. It explains the BOM, compares it across multiple enterprise systems, and demonstrates how different systems access different parts of the data stored in the BOM management system. The enterprise applications covered are:

  1. Production planning and scheduling with PlanetTogether
  2. Supply chain planning with Demand Works Smoothie
  3. ERP with SAP
  4. The bill of material management system with Arena Solutions

BOM Management or PLM?

The book also clears up a great deal of confusion between a category of software called PLM (product life-cycle management) and BOM management software. It explains the history of PLM systems — where PLM functionality exists even in non-PLM systems — and why the term “PLM” shouldn’t be used alongside “bill of material systems!”

A Book Based in Reality

Software Approaches for Improving Your Bill of Materials  takes a realistic look at how the BOM is currently managed at most companies and  uses this perspective as a jumping-off point to describe how BOM management can be improved in your company.

The book encompasses the leading edge in BOM technology enablement. While looking internally to see how multiple KPIs (key performance indicators) can be improved and how every system that relies upon BOM information can be enhanced, the book also looks externally to how companies can effectively strengthen their connections with supply chain partners.  In supply chain management, purchase orders and other transactional objects tend to get the collaborative focus of the company, and usually the BOM is not enabled by an easy-to-use collaboration technology. The book describes how the BOM is an excellent place to improve collaboration with supply chain partners and why SaaS-based applications like Arena Solutions offer such an advantage over other alternatives.

Interconnected to Web Information

In order the keep the book at a manageable and readable length, it includes numerous links to articles on the SCM Focus site, where further information is provided to support concepts covered in the book. (Read More)

 

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