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DEFINITION: According to John Del Vecchio writing for Fool.com, a value chain is "a string of companies working together to satisfy market demands." The value chain typically consists of one or a few primary value (product or service) suppliers and many other suppliers that add on to the value that is ultimately presented to the buying public. Microsoft and its Windows operating systems, the nucleus of the personal  … 
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Cisco Business Edition 6000 Version 10.0
sponsored by North Sydney IT and Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Access this whitepaper to find out about one solution that provides core communication capabilities that midsize businesses need for improved collaboration across their value chain.
Posted: 15 Sep 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

North Sydney IT and Cisco

Insights from the Value Chain Synchronization Study
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this paper that looks into the results of a Vanson Bourne research study that targeted 700 organizations to find out how they are transforming their business communities to better respond to their customers.
Posted: 20 Aug 2014 | Published: 30 Jun 2012

IBM

How Distributors Can Streamline Supply Chain Management
sponsored by Junction Solutions
WHITE PAPER: Access this resource to learn how to optimize your entire value chain for increased cost control, streamlined supply chain processes, and more effective customer service.
Posted: 16 Sep 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2011

Junction Solutions

In Pursuit of Operational Excellence: Accelerating Business Change Through Next-Generation ERP
sponsored by Infor
WHITE PAPER: Read this white paper to learn how when deployed as a virtual application over the cloud and streamlined by mobile and social technologies, next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems create an integrated decision-making environment that will enable manufacturers to operate in real time over an intelligent value chain.
Posted: 20 Mar 2012 | Published: 16 Jan 2012

Infor

Weathering a Global Fiscal Crisis: Doing More for Less with SAP
sponsored by SAP America, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper provides concrete guidance and a detailed example of how clients can gain measurable business benefit through iterative business process improvement enabled by an SAP applications platform.
Posted: 12 Apr 2010 | Published: 12 Apr 2010

SAP America, Inc.

Red Hat Continues To Redefine SOA: Simple. Open. Affordable
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Despite the significant progress made with open standards in the industry, most SOA platforms are delivered with many proprietary, closed extensions that focus on customer lock-in more than automation of the value chain. Red Hat believes there is a better way. We redefine SOA to be simple, open, and affordable.
Posted: 20 Jul 2009 | Published: 30 Oct 2008

Red Hat

SAP NetWeaver BPM White Paper - Bruce Silver
sponsored by SAP America, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Business process management provides a new management discipline, a new suite of software technologies and tools, and a new IT implementation style based on concrete links between strategy and execution. This white paper explains SAP's place in the BPM landscape and describes its new offering in that arena, NetWeaver BPM.
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 | Published: 01 Jan 2009

SAP America, Inc.
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VALUE CHAINS DEFINITION (continued): …  computer desktop for which much business software is developed, is often cited as a prime example of a company and product that drives a value chain. The businesses who buy personal computer software may spend far more on the add-on software than on the essential operating system that is the de facto standard for running the software. To the extent that companies standardize on Windows, Microsoft is said to control a value chain. This particular value chain was reported in a McKinsey study to be worth $383 billion in 1998. Although Microsoft's share of the value chain was reported to be only … 
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