SOURCE: Steelwedge Software, Inc.

May 06, 2008 10:22 ET

AMR Report Calls Steelwedge Software the Dominant Pure Play Sales and Operations Planning Application

S&OP Solution Delivers Collaborative Demand, Revenue and Supply Planning Across Functional Areas to Enable Integrated Business Planning

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - In its 2008 Supply Chain Planning and Execution Report -- S&OP Technology Landscape: Evolution to Integrated Business Planning is a Work in Progress, Steelwedge Software was named the dominant pure play Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) application.

The report, authored by Noha Tohany and William McNeil, includes a vendor section noting that companies looking for an S&OP application have a choice among vendors with proven capabilities in the following categories:

--  Business intelligence (BI) and performance management (PM)
--  Supply chain planning (SCP)
--  Pricing and profitability
--  Tactical Demand Fulfillment
--  S&OP Pure Play
    

Unlike the first four categories, where S&OP tools are considered extensions of existing functional areas, pure play applications offer a more targeted S&OP application. This is a fresh approach to solving the S&OP challenge with a focus on capturing demand insights from disparate functional areas as well as building and communicating the consensus operational plan.

"Steelwedge is pleased to see that AMR acknowledges a new category of vendor specifically designed to meet the multi-functional, cross application requirements of the S&OP process," said Glen Margolis, CEO of Steelwedge Software, Inc. "As S&OP continues to emerge as a burning platform for manufacturers, existing vendors that provide partial solutions have been advertised as S&OP solutions. As the market matures and becomes more educated, the recognition and need for a 'Pure Play' S&OP solution has become more apparent. Steelwedge is excited to be positioned as the dominant player in this category and believes that this unique positioning will continue to fuel our current and future growth."

To further enable Steelwedge to integrate with existing applications and data sources within an enterprise, Steelwedge Sales Planning and Performance Management (SPPM) solution for S&OP has achieved "Powered by SAP NetWeaver®" status and has also been approved as an SAP Software partner. The solution has been proven to integrate with SAP® solutions, providing the fastest, most easy to use Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) solution on the market.

The SAP Integration and Certification Center has certified that the Steelwedge SPPM solution properly integrates with the SAP NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure (SAP NetWeaver XI) and the SAP NetWeaver platform to exchange critical data with instances of the SAP Business Suite family of applications. Steelwedge has also demonstrated that its SPPM solution for S&OP integrates successfully with the SAP NetWeaver Portal.

"We are delighted by the AMResearch Report and our SAP Software Partner status," said Steelwedge CEO Glen Margolis. "The Steelwedge S&OP application leverages the business potential of assets provided by solutions from SAP and other vendors which provides current and future customer with significant increases in productivity and profitability."

As a result of the certified integration, Steelwedge now provides an automated S&OP workflow-driven solution that drives operational performance management and engages executives and planners across multiple functions to update plans on a scheduled and exceptional basis. The result is an improved collaborative sales forecasting and operations planning process that significantly improves financial and operational performance. As the emerging leader in S&OP and Integrated Business Planning (IBP), Steelwedge also has certified integration with Salesforce.com Appexchange and routinely integrates with a variety of other enterprise applications such as Oracle to enable companies to benefit from the information residing inside ERP, CRM, BI and APS systems.

ABOUT STEELWEDGE

Steelwedge Software Inc. links Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) processes to existing systems through familiar desktop applications including email and Excel. Steelwedge helps companies improve the effectiveness of their S&OP, Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Performance Management activities. Steelwedge customers include Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, Emerson Electric, Juniper Networks, Nvidia, Tellabs and Teledyne. For more information, please visit www.steelwedge.com.

Steelwedge and all Steelwedge product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Steelwedge Software, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

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