Manhattan teams up with IBM

Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. have announced that its Distributed Order Management (DOM) solution has completed testing for the IBM Retail Integration Framework.

 IBM's Retail Integration Framework leverages open standards including Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), Open Application Group Integration (OAGIS) and Global Standards (GS1) to unlock communications between services, information sources, and business processes, making the store and the retail enterprise one seamless landscape rather than disconnected islands.

The IBM Retail Integration Framework initiative brings together platform-independent software vendors that deliver proven solutions designed and built for the retail industry. Through this initiative, IBM works with select IBM Business Partners to test solutions to ensure that they meet a rigorous assessment of next-generation, open-standards-based store environments.

DOM, part of Manhattan's Order Lifecycle Management suite within the Manhattan SCOPE (Supply Chain Optimization Planning through Execution) portfolio, allows retailers to fulfill orders from an ever increasing list of inventory sources. DOM provides packaged capabilities for buying products online for pickup in stores, shipping orders from stores and vendor drop shipments. These business processes are made possible by global inventory visibility, flexible order workflow definition and services oriented architecture provided by the DOM solution. In particular, DOM's Available-to-Promise web service allows collaboration with WebSphere Commerce to deliver a best-in-class order selling and fulfillment suite.

"The IBM Retail Integration Framework validation will further improve the fulfillment process for our retail customers," said Eddie Capel, executive vice president for product management and customer support, Manhattan Associates. "Manhattan continues to work with our partner IBM to develop innovation that drives the retail industry evolution."

The Retail Integration Framework incorporates and builds on the success of the IBM Store Integration Framework, a store-ready Service Oriented Architecture implementation for connecting store and enterprise operations. IBM currently has 75 business partners with applications and assets that integrate with the Store Integration Framework, and Store Integration Framework is installed at over 50 retailers who have committed to deploying in over 25,000 stores.

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About Manhattan Associates, Inc.
Manhattan Associates continues to deliver on its 17 year heritage of providing global supply chain excellence to more than 1,200 customers worldwide that consider supply chain optimization core to their strategic market leadership. The company's supply chain innovations include: Manhattan SCOPE, a portfolio of software solutions and technology that leverages a Supply Chain Process Platform to help organizations optimize their supply chains from planning through execution; Manhattan ILS, a portfolio of distribution management and transportation management solutions built on Microsoft.NET technology; and Manhattan Carrier Management, a suite of supply chain solutions specifically addressing the needs of the motor carrier industry.

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