In the business world, supply chain software management refers to a set of applications used to manage companies’ supply chains, supplier relationships, and all business methods related to them. Those applications are designed to improve the performance of a company’s supply chain.

An organization’s supply chain consists of the steps taken in converting raw materials into finished goods. For some businesses, it is relatively straightforward and simple, while for others, the scenario is quite different. No matter what, every supply chain needs to be properly managed for maximum efficiency. Using dedicated management software for that specific purpose has made carrying out supply chain management activities easier due to technological advancement.

Using software, a company can reduce the cost of creating, insuring, shipping, and storing products it can’t sell, then efficiently manage every step of the supply chain, saving both time and money.

Logistics and container loading by large barges by sea in a harbor full of containers waiting to be transported, for illustrating supply chain management SCM

As we learn from this incredibly detailed article published in June 2020 by Predictive Analytics Today and PAT RESEARCH, a B2B discovery platform that provides Best Practices, Buying Guides, Reviews, Ratings, Comparison, Research, Commentary, and Analysis for Enterprise Software and Services, forecasting is one of the major elements of supply chain management software that can be done via analytics and algorithms. Additionally, they describe eight other features of that type of software:

  1. Management of inventory, tracking raw materials availability, quantities stocked, and asset management, as well as assisting with barcode integration
  2. Order Management, which includes generating and tracking purchase orders, scheduling deliveries from suppliers, and configuring products and prices
  3. Logistics, improving transportation channels, the way that goods are delivered and ensuring general customer satisfaction
  4. Managing returns, inspecting damaged products, and processing customer insurance claims and refunds
  5. Processing of customer requirements, by monitoring raw material availability, manufacturing products, and forwarding products to the logistics department, thereby enhancing processing speed of customer requests
  6. Relationship management with suppliers by gaining access to their assets and capabilities, and comparing them with the company’s business strategy
  7. Managing the warehouse and processing transactions in a timely manner to effectively support the warehouse management system of a company
  8. Automate and streamline the entire procurement process, from sourcing to payment and invoicing

Smart factory for fourth industrial revolution with icon graphic showing automation system by using robots and automated machinery controlled via internet network, for illustrating supply chain management SCM

They list five Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that are appropriate for a Supply Chain Management software: time to customer, something called smooth flow of production process, accurate forecasting, customer satisfaction by improving product delivery, and cost reduction on unproductive & wasteful ventures of the chain. KPIs followed by seven benefits of SCM software:

  1. Reduction of overhead expenses
  2. Increases company output
  3. Increase profit level
  4. Reduction in process time
  5. Analysis of supply relationships
  6. Awareness of risks and liabilities
  7. Improving customer service

Supply Chain Management software provide real-time analytical systems that manage the flow of product and information throughout the supply chain network, while designed to enhance SCM operations such as supplier sourcing, production planning, inventory planning, transportation planning, demand planning.
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As a final step in covering the topic, three trends in Supply Chain Management software are outlined: consolidation, analytics and automation. Finally, four types of supply chain management software are outlined:

  1. Software that helps manage planning processes associated with product demand, such as supply chain planning software, advanced planning and scheduling software
  2. Software performing supply chain operations and fulfilling orders to help the customs department manage and monitor global trade and goods clearance
  3. Using supply chain collaboration for supply chain marketing professionals to gather information faster
  4. Software providing supply chain execution, business intelligence, and what-if analyses related to demand, supply, or inventory conditions.

Enjoyed and really happy hacker in front of his computer after executing commands for illustrating supply chain management software usage SCM

Although the interface and the layout of their pages need some improvement, they nicely provide us with information that we like to have at timeNough, such as a list of companies that specialize in certain types of software or enterprise software. Since the article was published on November 11, 2021, it is reliable information:

  • E2open, with 9.5 editor rating and 7.3 aggregated user rating
  • SAP SCM, with 8.8 editor rating and 6.3 aggregated user rating
  • Logility, with 8.6 editor rating and 7.5 aggregated user rating
  • Perfect Commerce, with 8.7 editor rating and 7.8 aggregated user rating
  • Oracle SCM, with 8.4 editor rating and 8.1 aggregated user rating
  • Infor SCM, with 7.9 editor rating and 7.8 aggregated user rating
  • Blue Yonder, formerly JDA SCM, with 7.9 editor rating and 8.1 aggregated user rating
  • Manhattan SCM, with 7.8 editor rating and 5.2 aggregated user rating
  • Epicor SCM, with 7.8 editor rating and 7.4 aggregated user rating
  • DELMIA Quintiq’s SCP, with 7.8 editor rating and 7.8 aggregated user rating
  • Descartes, with 7.8 editor rating and 8.7 aggregated user rating
  • Körber, formerly HighJump SCM, with 7.8 editor rating and 7.7 aggregated user rating
  • IFS, with 7.8 editor rating and 8.0 aggregated user rating
  • IBM Watson Supply Chain, with 7.7 editor rating and 6.6 aggregated user rating
  • BluJay SCM, with 7.5 editor rating and 7.9 aggregated user rating