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New Strategic Partnership: APICS Introduces Enterprise Accessibility To Global Supply Chain Framework Through Software AG

New exclusive global partnership optimizes supply chain processes to lower organizational costs and boost customer satisfaction 

Today APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, announced a strategic partnership with Software AG (Frankfurt TecDAX: SOW) to incorporate APICS’s Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model and other frameworks into Software AG’s process analysis solution, ARIS, – part of the company’s Digital Business Platform. The exclusive collaboration will enable organizations to analyze their global supply chain operations using SCOR, the world’s leading supply chain framework, and easily take action on recommendations, using the ARIS platform as the underlying technology. It also gives enterprise access to process-level benchmarking and performance management tools, and process-based supply chain talent development opportunities.

Peter Bolstorff, executive vice president, APICS said: “As supply chains continue to become increasingly complex, businesses need meaningful insights into the dynamics of business processes, supply chain management systems, and systemic knowledge development. Furthermore, once inefficiencies are identified, they need access to tools that make refining those business processes possible. By incorporating SCOR’s global framework into the ARIS Business Process Analysis platform, businesses can easily measure, manage, and make improvements to their global supply chain performance using the SCOR framework.”

A core part of Software AG’s Digital Business Platform, ARIS Business Process Analysis (BPA) Platform documents, analyzes and optimizes processes to achieve business process excellence across departments, disciplines, systems and geographies. The platform leverages existing IT investments to lower total costs while offering integrated products to speed implementation. The SCOR framework links business processes, performance metrics, practices and people skills into a unified structure.

The Software AG and APICS SCOR framework enables organizations to:

  • Increase supply chain flexibility to enable informed reactions to changing conditions, business models, and customer requirements
  • Reduce the time to design and implement new supply chain processes by building on existing best-practice processes from the SCOR model
  • Improve the performance of supply chains by analyzing and simulating processes to remove bottlenecks, and identify and remove inefficiencies and duplication
  • Enhance process and IT quality through better definition of processes, avoidance of system breaks and better communication

Sean Riley, global industry director, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, Software AG noted: “We have seen many positive effects that the partnership between Software AG and APICS has on customers around the world – for instance, some have reduced inventory by up to 30 percent. Our Digital Business Platform is a critical enabler for this partnership and we’re proud to offer it to APICS Supply Chain Council affiliates. Both organizations are at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the supply chain industry and we can’t be more proud to combine forces with APICS to offer the most comprehensive solution on the market.”

Bolstorff added: “With more than 45 years of technology leadership, Software AG is held to high industry standards, much like APICS. Our partnership is one of the many ways APICS continues to deliver unmatched industry resources and offerings to our affiliates, sponsors and the industry at large.”