Quick and seamless integration is undoubtedly one of the biggest factors
in the success or failure of supply chain projects. A long implementation
means high costs and lost momentum which in turn can translate into
a loss of interest by users and management.
This number is a true measurement from existing client implementations.
It is made possible primarily because of SCP's built-in Data Mapping
functionality. Data Maps are capable of retrieving data, manipulating
it, and allocating the results to the proper location in SCP where it
can be used by the
forecasting, planning, and
scheduling engines. They
can also take info from SCP and pass it to external target databases
or files for full 2-way communication.
Data Maps connect SCP to any electronic data sources such as AS400
databases (DB2), Oracle, SQL Server, Excel, ASCII, XML, EDI VANS, FTP,
Internet, even email attachments and much more. They also 'shield' users
from the technical requirements of most supply chain systems.
With SCP Data Mapping, the demand for already constrained I.T. resources
is minimal and the power of implementation is transferred into the hands
of the people managing the installation. A person with minor technical
skills can create and adjust a map, significantly reducing the integration
time from weeks to days. Super-users can even create ODBC
connections and write SQL commands. More technically advanced users
can write complete programs to accomplish integration goals.
Data Maps also offer a significant advantage in managing the integration process long-term. Every map, SQL command, source code, etc. is managed and maintained within
SCP. There is no external 'black-box' program or source code
to chase after. It is all readily accessible to anyone with the proper rights.
In addition to
integration & communication, Data Maps are also capable of automatically launching tasks such
as ABC Analysis or planning parameter updates (safety time, leadtime,
order time, etc.). They are also used to establish any custom business rules required by a business and cut down on many manual tasks.
With Data Mapping, the capabilities of SCP are limited only by lack
SCP Data Integration Tools