Supply Chain Software offers centralized administration.

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PowerChain v6 suite includes PowerChain Portal, which centralizes authentication and security functions and optimizes user maintenance. PowerChain Planner v6 provides tools to specify limits, configure demand, and forecast error, as well as accept or reject targets on SKU-by-SKU basis. PowerChain Inventory adds currency types and other capabilities that can be used in various tiers or stages of global supply chain model to simplify planning process.



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Optiant Introduces PowerChain 6 with New Inventory Optimization Capabilities and Centralized Administration Portal



Features include Multi-Language Interface, Integrated Security, and Usability Enhancements

BOSTON, Feb. 18 / / - Optiant, the premier provider of inventory planning and inventory optimization solutions, announces version 6 of its industry-leading PowerChain software suite for supply chain optimization. Based on input from world-class supply chain businesses, PowerChain version 6 delivers new and enhanced capabilities that power global supply chains to generate working capital and boost customer service levels. The new PowerChain Portal, a gateway to all PowerChain modules, centralizes authentication and security functions, and facilitates user maintenance.

"These enhancements are driven by our experience with recent large global deployments," said Fred Lizza, president and CEO of Optiant, Inc. "We've added enterprise-wide administration and maintenance capabilities with the new PowerChain Portal module. This makes deployment easier, faster, and less expensive in the corporate IT environment. Customers get tighter control over administration, making our solutions fit nicely in their existing environments."

PowerChain Portal centralizes access to, maintenance, and configuration of all PowerChain inventory optimization products. It provides common functions such as logging, authentication, data layers, and more across the platform, making it simple to configure the PowerChain products and components using a new database that contains user profiles and configuration information for all installed PowerChain modules. The portal's executive dashboard lets users connect directly to Optiant customer support and to the user community, where clients can collaborate, communicate, and exchange ideas with the Optiant support team and other PowerChain customers. In addition, a new utility application, the PowerChain Service Manager, enables an administrator to manage all the PowerChain services from one console.

PowerChain Planner 6 adds new functionality to the optimization engines, user interface, ERP integration, and installation processes that help clients leverage their supply chain for a greater competitive advantage.

- New rules specify limits and configure demand and forecast error more precisely.

- Demand characterization can be adjusted automatically for forecast error based on forecast bias.

- Time periods can be ignored if demand history and historical forecast are zero.

- Supply chain planners can accept or reject targets on a SKU-by-SKU basis, determining which items get exported to their Advanced Planning or ERP systems and which do not.

- Target level and periods of supply can be adjusted for different items and time periods, for more flexibility.

- Location-specific capabilities provide a multi-language user
interface.

Version 6 of PowerChain Inventory for strategic planning, analysis, and inventory policy setting also receives significant enhancements:

- Inventory costs can be quantified across the extended enterprise, identifying where and why to adjust inventory policies or levels.

- New currency types and capabilities can be used in various tiers or stages of the global supply chain model to simplify the planning
process.

About Optiant

Optiant, a premier provider of supply chain network design, inventory optimization, and supply chain business intelligence solutions, helps Global 2000 companies maximize performance by reducing inventories, freeing up working capital, optimizing supply chain asset utilization, and delivering lowest total supply chain costs.

Optiant's solutions optimally balance resources, total costs, and customer service across the entire supply chain. Optiant delivers greater profitability, increased customer satisfaction, more efficient use of capital, and a greater ability to handle uncertainty in supply and demand. Optiant has transformed supply chains for leading manufacturers including Procter & Gamble, Kraft, HP, IKEA, Imation, Intel, Microsoft and Boston Scientific.

Delivering millions of dollars in returns, Optiant's solutions for consumer product, high tech manufacturing and industrial organizations generate quantifiable savings within 90 days of implementation. Optiant's solutions, certified for integration by SAP, are based on award-winning research from MIT and decades of experience dedicated to the identification and realization of supply chain efficiencies. For more information, please visit http://www.optiant.com/.

SAP and other SAP products and services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all over the world. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT:

John Brewer

+1 781 238 4165

john.brewer@optiant.com

Source: Optiant

Web Site: http://www.optiant.com/

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