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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

action item log  , but not much action is coming from these sectors nowadays either. RedPrairie has always been a much broader cross-industry solution, as is JDA now with former Manugistics ’ capabilities. RedPrairie and JDA's strengths in areas such as  consumer packaged goods (CPG ),  food and beverage (F&B ), groceries, and telecommunications--all sectors that are less impacted by the recession--have allowed them to continue to show strong results. RedPrairie and JDA also have stronger international operations tha

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PPM for Internal Departments

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Typically IT departments employ an IT governance framework to ensure that their PPM strategy is put into action. With the increasing demand of IT departments to justify their project investments, PPM software has risen in popularity as the tool of choice. It allows both executives and IT decision makers to gain insight into their IT portfolios. PPM software allows IT managers to prioritize projects, allocate resources where needed, and gain financial insight into their portfolio investments. 

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