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Optimizing Supply Chain Processes Becomes Easier as APICS Leverages Software AG's Platform

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 19, 2016

CHICAGO, VA: The growing complexity in supply chains has forced businesses to look for solutions that can pull out meaningful insights into the dynamics of business processes, supply chain management systems, and systemic knowledge development. Treading the same lines, APICS, the professional association for supply chain management has announced its plans to collaborate with Software AG, a provider of software solutions which helps digitize business. The underlying motive behind this partnership is to embed the capabilities of APICS’s Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model and other frameworks into Software AG’s ARIS Business Process Analysis platform.

Peter Bolstorff, Executive Vice President, APICS says, “Once inefficiencies are identified, they need access to tools that make refining those business processes possible. By incorporating SCOR’s global framework into the ARIS Business Process Analysis platform, businesses can easily measure, manage, and make improvements to their global supply chain performance using the SCOR framework.”

ARIS Business Process Analysis (BPA) Platform is a key element of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform and helps in documenting, analyzing, and optimizing processes that are targeted at achieving cross-domain business process excellence. Additionally, the total costs can be lowered while speeding up the implementation process by leveraging the existing IT investments. Most importantly, the SCOR framework streamlines all the business processes, performance metrics, practices and people skills into a common platform.

The DBP leverages a technology foundation for managing the digital change and builds adaptive applications,” explains Mark Herring, Integration and BPM Leader, Software AG. 

Informed reactions to meet changing conditions, business models, and customer requirements are exhibited due to the increased supply chain flexibility. SCOR helps in reducing the time taken in designing and implementing the new supply chain, and improves the performance of supply chains by simulating processes to remove bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and duplication. Re-defining the processes, avoiding system breaks, and better communication assist in forging improved communication links.