The supply chain software vendor launches multi-tenant SaaS platform and applications.

By Jeff Moad | January 12, 2010

Supply chain software vendor TAKE Supply Chain today launched a new technology platform that will allow the company to redeploy its supplier management applications as on-demand services.

The launch of TAKE’s new OneSCM platform delivers on the company's plan to provide SaaS-enbaled SCM to its customers, and marks its initial push into the software-as-a-service model. Customers will be able to access TAKE’s supplier management applications online and pay for those applications on a subscription basis.

The initial version of the OneSCM platform features two applications. One manages the procure-to-pay process for material buyers, while the other manages invoicing and accounts receivable processes for material suppliers. TAKE officials declined to provide subscription pricing details.

The OneSCM platform underlying the SaaS applications is based on technology that TAKE inherited last summer with its acquisition of EntComm. Besides enabling multi-tenant hosting of supply chain applications, the platform allows users to create and deploy their own dynamic workflows for processes such as enforcing compliance business rules, said Jason Howton, TAKE’s director of US product management, in an interview.

The OneSCM platform also includes pre-built integrations with Oracle and SAP enterprise applications environments.

TAKE, formerly known as ClearOrbit, becomes the latest provider of supply chain applications to begin to provide its supply chain applications as on demand services. Vendors such as Kinaxis and Ariba have been moving in the same direction. And software providers such as Oracle, SAP, and NetSuite have begun to migrate to the cloud the supplier management applications within their enterprise suites.

For TAKE, the OneSCM platform and applications represent works in progress. By the middle of this year, Howton said, the company expects to enable existing users of its on-premise applications to migrate their workflows to the TAKE SaaS environment, enabling interoperability between the SaaS and on-premise environments.

TAKE also plans to build out the range of applications it provides on the OneSCM SaaS platform, he said. And the company is working on a plan to allow partner ISVs to offer applications through the OneSCM platform.

Ultimately, Howton said, TAKE expects most customers to use the new SaaS-enabled applications in conjunction with their existing on-premise applications. This hybrid approach, he said, will allow manufacturers to more easily automate interactions with smaller vendors and customers, many of whom haven’t had the resources to implement on-premise supply management applications.

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