The movement, tracking and management of inventory and documents in a supply chain technology environment consist of many discrete processes which include ordering, transportation, storing, picking, packing, value-added services, shipping, delivery and the list keeps growing. Different organizations have a different array of processes, business flows and business restrictions – Retailers vs. wholesalers vs. logistics service providers etc. Different materials have completely different inventory representations, handling and inventory management rules – Foods vs. Apparel vs. Electronics etc.
An organization that wishes to implement a supply chain IT solution for its execution processes has to face these challenges and more. Our SCExpert™ Suite has been engineered from the ground up to provide a solution that specifically addresses these challenges by combining state of the art supply chain management technology with a deep understanding of the issues and needs of businesses that depend on well managed and optimized logistical processes. This approach has resulted in some fundamental capabilities that set our solution apart.
Microsoft’s .NET platform is a pervasive deployment environment - Especially among small and medium businesses but increasingly amongst large and tier-one organizations. All component applications of the SCExpert™ Suite are built entirely on .NET. This provides a state of the art, robust, standards based, well supported deployment platform at very affordable prices.
Rich Web-Based, Networked Application Web applications offer tremendous advantages in terms of easy and low cost deployment, dynamic user interface flows and forms and in providing global networked access. All of Made4net’s products are built as Web-Based application fully exploiting these advantages. At the same time, we have taken great care in making sure that the challenges that usually associated with web application are fully addressed, turning these challenges into advantages Networked application – Taking full advantage of the .Net environment to build a full set of Logistics Business Objects, a Service Oriented Architecture and proprietary platform that underlie all our applications, not only is the user interface totally separated from the business logic and services but the same services are seamlessly used by RF devices, automated machinery, third party servers (RFID), third party interfaces.
Rich User Interface – While the web is great for browsing, web applications need to provide a much more streamlined user experience in order to maintain user productivity. We have taken great care in making sure that all our web applications indeed fulfill that requirement through a platform that provides a consistent, well defined user interface across all application. Through the use of AJAX technology, we are constantly improving the user experience. Distributed Deployment – All these choices mean that we can support an unlimited number of deployment scenarios. From a single local server on the client’s site to a distributed network of servers, as well as in the cloud.
The SCExpert™ Suite is made up of a network of independent services (Service Oriented Architecture SOA) that can be accessed asynchronously though a messaging layer (MSMQ). This architecture allows for these services to be accessed from any networked application possessing the right permissions without the need for knowledge of that service’s underlying implementation and logic.
In practical terms, this provides consistent execution of business logic from any application client – be it an user on a web browser, a mobile device or automated machinery – as well as a tremendous flexibility in defining the business flow that best fits an organization’s requirements. Examples of application services in a warehouse environment would be inventory transactions, space allocation, pick planning etc. while platform services would include things like Audits, Reporting, Labeling, Task scheduling and more.
External systems can also interact with all of our applications through Web Services using standard XML formatted messages and just as other clients access the same business logic.
Made4net has developed a unique proprietary environment that underlies all the applications in the SCExpert™ Suite as well as the Netlog™ Supply Chain Visibility toolset. This approach guaranties a feature rich environment that provides a consistent behavior across all applications – this also means that any new features in the platform can immediately benefit all applications.
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