While the bulk of the supply chain market is in North America-90%, by IDC’s reckoning-such initiatives are taking place elsewhere around the world as well. Legend Holdings Ltd., the leading PC manufacturer in China, this week said it will establish a supply chain management system, based on technology solutions from i2 Technologies Inc. on its own Legend servers powered by Intel Xeon processors.
“Our testing demonstrated that our Legend brand powered by Intel-based servers either met or exceeded all of our business requirements, and would provide the performance, reliability and scalability that our supply-chain operation demands,” said Wang Xiao Yan, Legend’s senior vice president and chief information officer. “Since Intel-based servers provide a lower total cost of ownership versus a RISC-based platform, we can achieve a higher return on investment by deploying these servers.”
Legend will use the system to manage relationships with its distributors.
The new supply chain system is part of Legend’s ongoing investment in advanced applications for the operation of the company. That initiative includes high-tech applications for enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, call centers and specialized e-business functions.
Legend’s system will be the first full-scale deployment of an i2 supply chain management solution in China. Legend also will explore future collaboration with Intel and i2 to deliver a comprehensive supply chain management solution to enterprise end-users in the People’s Republic of China.
According to IDC, the Legend PC brand accounted for a market share of 30.1% in China in the first half of 2001 and 10.4% in the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan.