Manugistics has teamed up with Microsoft and KPMG to offer new supply chain solutions, writes Antony Adshead.
The alliance aims to help customers achieve the rapid integration of Web-enabled supply chain partners and supply chain visibility using Manugistics' software and Microsoft's Windows 2000, SQL Server 2000 and Biztalk Server 2000 combined with KPMG's business integration experience.
In future, the collaboration hopes to move towards using Microsoft's .net platform.
Simon Bragg, an analyst with IT consultancy ARC, said, "The partnership is about Manugistics using Biztalk server, and KPMG implementing the product. Everyone waffles on about collaboration and sharing data, but Manugistics brings the ability to mash the data, to, for instance, develop supply chain plans, which is valuable, but by no means unique.
"This is more a Manugistics/Microsoft technology relationship, and a Manugistics/KPMG sales and implementation relationship. Microsoft hasn't really got a clue how to sell or implement such a sophisticated supply chain collaboration solution. It will no doubt lend its logo to the sales efforts, but this partnership endorses Biztalk server's future, and gives Microsoft more access to management consultants."