Enterprise Applications for Supply Chain Management

Enterprise Applications for Supply Chain Management

Susan A. Sherer (Lehigh University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jisscm.2010070102
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Although many companies have implemented ERP systems to track and share information among cross functional business processes, they often supplement these with legacy, custom, or best of breed applications to support supply chain execution and management. This article offers a framework for understanding all types of enterprise applications that support the supply chain. In this study, the author organizes these applications, define acronyms, and describe the various types of systems that make up an information infrastructure for supply chain management.
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Table 1 provides an overview of the various applications supporting supply chain management today. This table was developed after an extensive review of literature, both academic and practitioner, web sites of major vendors, and interviews. Interviews with both supply chain and IT infrastructure managers in several companies in different industries validated our classification of the three objectives of the existing applications: to run the business, manage the business, and support collaboration with business partners. Participants felt that this framework was more compelling for organizing supply chain management applications than traditional classifications of information technologies by organizational structure, functional area, or support provided (Turban, McLean, & Wetherbe, 2001).

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