Why Supply Chains Run Better with Navigator
Your real-world supply chain modeling is more in line with how you do business.
The SAP Business ByDesign solution lets you model your supply chain through two different views: a view of the extended supply chain network – from supplier to customer – and a view of the internal site, such as the layout of a warehouse or production site. This allows you to improve and adapt business processes and effectively plan your make-or-buy decisions with real-time data. Third-Party Application integration support allows you to easily transfer information for use across all supply chain activities. For example, you can model and manage the material flow between warehouse and manufacturing as an integrated process, whether the activities involve consumption-based inventory replenishment or removal from production because of unavailable materials or a change in business strategy.
You can achieve on-time production of customer orders.
In SAP Business ByDesign, a common production model enables full integration between supply chain planning and control and manufacturing execution. ByDesign supports different levels of granularity within planning and execution – for example, planning based on machine groups rather than execution by a single machine. Your planners benefit from demand and supply visibility across the entire supply chain. This supply chain planning capability enables them to provide on-time production of customer orders.
Your production models reflect local shop-floor reality.
With SAP Business ByDesign, you can maintain your supply chain and manufacturing models independently of your organizational structure. This modeling helps you focus on an appropriate inventory and manufacturing strategy in the most flexible way. You can build a manufacturing model to serve as the basis for creating the production proposal and production order. You can build the manufacturing model out of reusable building blocks called production segments, which define the bill of material and bill of operations that are to be used to manufacture the intermediate and final products. Within the production segment, you can specify when each material is to be used. Within the bill of operations, you can define which manufacturing resources must be used during production and how long each activity will take. ByDesign supports multimode manufacturing by providing flexible supply chain modeling for various industries and production environments. With this flexibility, you can combine different production types such as discrete or process manufacturing to complete your inventory requirements.
You can achieve symmetry and synchronization in execution.
SAP Business ByDesign helps you with a common layout for modeling manufacturing and warehouse processes. This improves the flexibility of your operations and allows you to optimize and simplify your supply chain procedures. As a result, your company can execute tasks within production and warehousing in similar ways and easily complete these tasks within the factory, within the warehouse, or within both. With the integration of supply chain and warehouse management, you can easily share information, eliminate errors, and unify operations.
Consider the Scope
Supply chain design
- Location management
- Planning area management
- Supply chain network design
- Warehouse and production layout
Production model management
- Bill of material management
- Bill of operation management
- Segment management
- Equipment, labor, and vehicle
- Resource management
Supply Chain Planning and Control
With the SAP Business ByDesign solution, your planners can efficiently manage supply and demand and ensure optimal material flow, while considering capacity constraints with warehouse management. In addition, an exception-driven approach in ByDesign – with built-in analytics software and alerts – helps your planners focus on high-priority tasks. They can plan and consolidate procurement requirements, create feasible production plans, and determine and confirm realistic inventory delivery dates.
What You Can Do
- Demand planning
- Demand management and order confirmation
- Supply planning
- Exception monitoring and control
- Supply and logistics control
How To Choose Supply Chain Management Software
Choosing the right supply chain management software for your business is an important decision. It's essential to gather insights and learn all you can about the software from a trustworthy source before investing in a solution. SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is an excellent option for supply chain management. Here are some factors to look out for when selecting your software:
Supply chain management needs:
Carefully assess your business needs and determine which features will be most beneficial. This information will be crucial when choosing a supply chain management solution. Are you looking for a software that offers demand forecasting, inventory and warehouse management, collaboration, or all three? Knowing your supply chain requirements will help you select the best software for your needs. If you are just starting out and aren't sure what you might need, consulting with a management software expert could be beneficial. A supply chain management software consultant can help you identify your business needs and provide information on the types of software available.
Supply Management Software Features:
Consider the features you need and make sure the software you choose offers those features. SAP ERP software offers a range of features, from supply planning and shipping management to customer relationship management. If you're not sure about which supply chain management features are most important to your business, we can help you figure that out and help you choose the best supply chain planning software for your needs.
Compare the different supply chain management software prices to find the best deal for your business. SAP ERP software is competitively priced, giving you excellent value for money, and the supply chain planning software is designed to be adaptable to different customer needs.
Reviews, ratings, and recommendations are a great way to get an insight into customer experiences. You want to choose a management software that has a high rating and compatible solution. We're happy to share our customer's success, and you can find many case studies on our site that include the various ways in which ERP supply chain software impacted their supply chain efficiency and bottom line. With SAP ERP software, you can be sure that the customer reviews match the marketing promises and that our management systems provide the supply chain solution your business needs.
FAQs About SCM Software
What Is Supply Chain Management Software?
Supply chain management software, such as SAP, is a powerful tool for streamlining, integrating, and automating critical business processes across the supply chain. Supply chain and inventory management software can help reduce costs, minimize errors, and increase productivity by providing complete visibility into the entire supply chain. Supply chain software connects everything from inventory and warehouse management to supply chain planning and forecasting.
The software can greatly improve purchase order fulfillment and shipping, as well as inventory and supplier management. Supply chain and inventory management software also features execution-focused applications such as warehouse and transportation management, enabling companies to optimize their operations and better plan for the future.
With the help of sophisticated algorithms and consumption analytics, SAP ERP can also be used to accurately forecast inventory demand, allowing organizations to proactively manage the fluctuations in supply and demand. This can help supply chain teams to maximize the efficiency and profitability of their production operations.
What Are the Costs of Implementing Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software?
When it comes to the cost of SCM software, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Factors such as the complexity of the supply chain, the size of your business, and the ownership fees, cost of maintenance, and support fees all contribute to the overall cost of SCM software. The range of costs can vary widely, from as little as $30,000 to as much as $200,000 or more.
Small businesses should take into account the high budget needed for SCM software before committing to a software. A costly mistake that many organizations make during the ERP evaluation process is the inadequate assessment of their needs. Defining key aspects of your organization and its needs is the first step in accurately evaluating and ascertaining the cost of an ERP solution and implementation, such as SAP enterprise resource planning software. Without a thorough needs assessment, costly errors can occur, leading to an unsuccessful ERP deployment. Just be sure to gather additional information about the supply chain management software, and you can feel confident with your purchasing decision.