Supply Chain

Topics: SAP AG, Supply chain management, SAP Pages: 238 (71002 words) Published: December 26, 2012
SAP Excellence
Series Editors: Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Mertens Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Dr. Peter Zencke SAP AG, Walldorf

Gerhard F. Knolmayer, Peter Mertens Alexander Zeier and Jörg Thomas Dickersbach

Supply Chain Management Based on SAP Systems
Architecture and Planning Processes
With 77 Figures and 11 Tables


Prof. Dr. Gerhard F. Knolmayer University of Bern Institute of Information Systems Engehaldenstrasse 8 CH-3012 Bern Switzerland Dr. Alexander Zeier Deputy Professor of Prof. Hasso Plattner Hasso Plattner Institute University of Potsdam August-Bebel-Str. 88 D-14482 Potsdam Germany

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Mertens University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Department of Information Systems I Lange Gasse 20 D-90403 Nürnberg Germany Dr. Jörg Thomas Dickersbach Von-der-Pfordten-Str. 18 D-80687 Munich Germany

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Foreword by Prof. Hasso Plattner
The accelerating pace of globalization today poses increased challenges for Supply Chain Management (SCM). To offer just one product to the customer, sometimes hundreds of companies must collaborate along the value chain. Understanding and optimizing this logistical complexity can be a competitive advantage if it is handled effectively with state-of-the-art IT systems. This is why SAP has been intensively engaged in developing powerful SCM applications for about a decade. Since SAP SCM is one of the most challenging systems in our portfolio, we have turned to the best experts we know on the subject matter for insight – our customers. They articulated industry-specific needs and challenged our development teams with their visions of real-time enterprises and market-driven supply chains. Many powerful features have been developed in close cooperation with these customers. SAP has responded by assigning some of its most talented system architects and programmers to SCM development. To ensure that these solutions work in the real world, SAP has devoted significant resources towards building components and integrating them into large, realistic system landscapes. For instance, we have invested a great deal of effort in achieving short response times, which are crucial for customers’ acceptance of IT systems, even in the case of very large data volumes. The authors...
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