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At the National Manufacturing Week conference and expo in Chicago, enterprise software companies introduced new manufacturing products, services and architectures.

PeopleSoft Inc. on Monday outlined its vision for the demand-driven enterprise, which includes methodology and new software products designed to help manufacturers better utilize their capacity.

At the same time SAP AG announced new offerings for its two small and midsized business suites, mySAP All-in-One, and BusinessOne. Both offerings are designed to be implemented quickly and inexpensively.

To hone its ‘demand flow’ approach, PeopleSoft is implementing JCIT International’s Demand Flow Technology into its supply chain management software. The two companies will also provide consulting and education to help companies move toward being more demand-driven, officials said.

PeopleSoft also announced today new demand-driven components within its EnterpriseOne Supplier Relationship Management suite that help manufacturers synchronize requirements with suppliers.

Supplier Self Service is portal-based software that helps companies develop a more-efficient inbound supply chain. Features include the means to share supplier schedules and link multiple suppliers in the supply chain. A Buyer Workspace portal provides a single view of tasks to help users prioritize projects and manage suppliers.

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