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Can Webplan Reconcile Planning and Execution? Part Two: Market Impact
Increasingly, every user company's success is contingent upon its ability to make an almost immediate finished product or service delivery to customers. As

long term mine planning  (and only in the long term) without human intervention. The future will thus see a blend of real time event management (i.e., execution side for the tactical time horizon) and SCP with its strengths in inventory management and capacity planning (i.e. planning/optimization side for mid-to-long-term horizon), as to enable the successful execution of the plan given current conditions. To that end, Webplan has the opportunity to master an offering with best of both worlds' traits—traditional SCP and SCEM—

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ERP for the Oil and Gas Industry (Upstream)

The model of ERP systems for the upstream oil and gas sector addresses the particularly specialized business model of this industry. It is common practice for companies, individuals, and government agencies to form partnerships to explore, develop, and share production of oil wells. More often than not, this is a short-term alliance rather than a long-term partnership, and business structuring must therefore be flexible at initial set-up and throughout the lifespan of the venture. This model of ERP systems includes criteria for financials, human resources, production data capture and reporting, maintenance management, and supply chain management (SCM) functionality. 

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