Compiled ByDeborah Austin A new joint offering combines the automotive order-to-delivery solution of Manugistics Group Inc. with the automotive data management services of Chrome Systems Corp. The combination, say the companies aims to help OEMs and their suppliers better predict buyer trends and consumer preferences, and more quickly identify production issues. Manugistics automotive clients also have access to Chrome's Internet-based vehicle configurator -- Chrome Carbook(R) -- for research and ordering. Manugistics, Rockville, Md., is a provider of enterprise profit optimization (EPO) solutions. Chrome Systems, Portland, Ore., an automotive data, platforms and services firm, provides the North American ordering system for General Motors Corp. and its dealers.