January 2009

Facility Management

Global terminal management systems: key requirements

A vendor's true capability to support a distribution enterprise's global projects depends on a surprisingly large number of technical as well as service-related issues

A global deployment of solutions is required whenever a distribution enterprise is setting up a standardized, common terminal management system (TMS) in operations located in more than one country. Few TMS suppliers have the experience, resources and commitment to support with their products a TMS located anywhere in the world. More and more oil companies are standardizing on a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) supplier and moving all ERP implementations across the enterprise to that vendor's solutions. This standardization, driven by the corporate IT department, is percolating down the loading rack and promising cost reduction in several areas, including integration/interfaces, tra

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