Vendor News: HighJump Software Releases Supply Chain Advantage 8.0

HighJump Software (Eden Prairie, Minn.), a provider of supply-chain software, has released Supply Chain Advantage 8.0. This software release combines a number of product enhancements and an improved graphical user interface on a fully Microsoft .NET-enabled platform. Users of the company’s warehouse, manufacturing and yard management tools will reportedly benefit from enhanced enterprise readiness, seamless integration with existing business systems, and ease of workflow configuration.

HighJump improved its flagship Warehouse Advantage solution based on the latest best practices, emerging industry trends and customer feedback. Full integration between HighJump's warehouse management system and the latest version of Vocollect's Voice-Directed Distribution adds voice-enabled picking options configurable by warehouse, specific pick area or specific employee. Additionally, HighJump added functionality to deepen the replenishment model for top-off replenishment, quantity-based replenishments, and dynamic calculation of replenishment quantities based on demand. The warehouse solution's supply chain visibility was also enhanced by adding a complete set of performance metrics.

The company’s manufacturing execution system, Manufacturing Advantage, now contains a scheduling workbench that allows planners and schedulers to more effectively manage production against a set schedule. The software also includes stronger shop-floor production reporting and asset management capabilities that help customers track operational efficiency. Throughout the production process, customers can capture and track quality management data and other key product attributes for material traceability.

HighJump strengthened the functionality of its Yard Advantage solution through a graphical user interface, drag-and-drop yard moves, multi-yard support and real-time location tracking for trailers. Customers can now visualize their yards on-screen and make necessary adjustments based on real-time inventory usage requirements. Real-time visualization of trailer positions helps ensure yard security and fast inventory tracking.

The company’s Advantage Platform serves as a common foundation for all of the software in the supply-chain suite, thus promoting information sharing among applications and the ability to complete upgrades in a matter of hours. A next-generation Web interface spans all applications and provides users with easily configurable screens. The new platform includes support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Oracle 10g. It also facilitates compliance with changing governmental and regulatory requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley and FDA 21 CFR Part 11.

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