Business intelligence supplier SAS Institute is boosting its product line and consulting arm to help companies apply integrated, in-depth analytics to their supply chain processes.
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The software supplier announced several technology-related enhancements claimed to exploit the company's considerable know-how in the supply chain arena.
The company's role, said Dennis McCarron, senior manager of business planning strategy at SAS, is to complement existing supply chain systems, such as those from SAP or i2 Technologies, and enable companies to cut costs while optimising quality control.
SAS will offer a highly integrated demand intelligence package that offers a "holistic" view of inventory, price optimisation and demand processes.
Ultimately, by forecasting what customers want, companies can use the product to tailor their supply chain processes to meet market needs and improve promotion, pricing and plans.
The offering will, initially, be tailored for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries.
The demand intelligence package is in limited release and general availability is expected by the end of this year.
SAS is also working on a process intelligence module that will help manufacturing companies improve their workflows and product quality. The application will assist in problem solving and help cut cycle lengths and speed up time to market. It initially will be target at the semiconductor and high technology sectors.
SAS has also formed a supply chain analytics consulting group to assist companies in installing the applications and getting a rapid return on investment.