With recent natural disasters in the region, economic downturn and rising expenses, the International Data Group expects Asia/Pacific manufacturers to continue to optimize and demand even more efficient supply chain risk mitigation. A large part of mitigating risks involves predictive analysis, drawing the relationship between technology and efficiency even closer. This means IT will have the opportunity to play an even more important role in the supply chain process: For IT vendors, it is important to note that the region's manufacturing sector is maturing, and companies are now looking to move beyond enterprise resource planning (ERP). In 2012, IDC Manufacturing Insights recommends that IT vendors should have a clear strategy on how they can assist companies to move beyond ERP. IT vendors should also look at how they can help manufacturers to capture, store, analyze and deliver data across different functions to support decision making. IT organizations will benefit if they are able to meet the needs of these maturing manufacturing companies through offerings in automated risk identification and mitigation, as well as data capture, storing, and analyzing of supply chain data. The role of IT will expand in the Asia/Pacific manufacturing world in the cases where companies wish to reduce costs while rapidly identifying potential risks.