SAS to Extend Its Supply Chain Offerings
Suite of analytics offerings pits SAS against a new set of competitorspure supply chain management software vendors.SAS Institute Inc. on Monday will announce an extension of its existing supply chain analytics applications, company officials confirmed. The SAS Supply Chain Intelligence suite will bring the business intelligence software developer into direct competition with supply chain management software vendors. SAS Chairman and CEO James Goodnight promised such a move in an exclusive interview with eWEEK last September. SAS Supply Chain Intelligence will consist of four solution sets: SAS Supplier Relationship Management; SAS Value Chain Analytics; SAS Demand Intelligence; and SAS Process Intelligence. Of those, only Demand Intelligence is a completely new solution, while the other three were existing SAS technologies. Value Chain Analytics repackages Oros Value Chain Analyzer, which SAS gained in its acquisition of ABC Technologies Inc. last March.
Demand Intelligence, forecasts customer demand patterns and allows companies to shape demand through pricing and promotions, while ensuring high customer service levels, said SAS officials, in Cary, N.C. The new software allows companies to optimize promotions, pricing and production plans and provides a view of the influences and immediate effects of consumer demand.