Supply-chain-management software (SCMS) is the software tools or modules used in executing supply chain transactions, managing supplier relationships and controlling associated business processes.. Supply chain management maximizes the efficiency of business activities that include planning and management of the entire supply chain. It helps businesses in product development, sourcing, production, and logistics by automating operations. In this way, it increases the physical flow of business as well as informative flow. The entire business benefits with higher performance, greater cost-efficiency, and thus increased supply chain efficiency.
While functionality in such systems can often be broad – it commonly includes:
- Customer-requirement processing
- Purchase-order processing
- Sales and Distribution
- Inventory management
- Goods receipt and Warehouse management
- Supplier Management/Sourcing
A requirement of many SCMS often includes forecasting. Such tools often attempt to balance the disparity between supply and demand by improving business processes and using algorithms and consumption analysis to better plan future needs. SCMS also often includes integration technology that allows organizations to trade electronically with supply chain partners.
Also, tight integration with the Finance system is a must for most of the companies who are into supply-chain management. Hence most of the software systems available today are integrated with the Finance - Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, and General Ledger. This makes it easy to manage bookkeeping for organizations with ease. A tightly integrated Purchasing & Sales process enables the organizations to handle their day to day activities with less effort.
SCMS adoption is growing faster than the broader enterprise application software market. The annual revenue from SCMS (both premises-based and SaaS) reached $10 billion in 2014, a 12 percent increase over 2013.
While premises-based software was still more widely used than SaaS solutions for SCMS in 2014, Gartner projects that about two-thirds of the growth in SCMS adoption between 2015 and 2018 will be based on the SaaS subscription model: driven by a growing realization of the benefits of cloud-based services, the SaaS-based SCMS market grew by about 24 percent in 2014 and is projected to continue to grow at a 19 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching $4.4 billion in annual sales by 2018.
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