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Where do We Stand in Supply Chain Execution Tech?

Dan Gilmore of Supply Chain Digest asks (and answers) the question: where do we stand in supply chain execution technology? The “we”, in this case, is the industry as a whole, and the answer is a bit of a journey. First, Gilmore recognizes how supply chain execution has been renamed a few times ““ advanced planning systems, supply chain planning, and integrated logistics software among the many aliases. Moving past the definition phase, however, he provides a recent report on Supply Chain Execution Technology, released by Supply Chain Digest and funded by consulting firm Cogizant. The report found that supply chain execution technology was only “loosely integrated” with multiple vendors in 34% of companies, and 30% of companies had a “few integrated vendors/modules.” Predicting the future, however, those same companies indicated that 39.9% intended to move towards a single platform suite tech solution. The survey then asked respondents about the importance of particular features for a solution on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The results were a bit surprising: In general, the overall satisfaction is mediocre. Just a few categories made it over the mid-point of 2.5, with “freight pay and audit” and “routing” leading the way (two pretty basic functions), while “support for full international moves” and “support for advanced flows” such as cross docking and intermodal had the lowest rankings. Anyone that knows the TMS market should not be surprised by that result. We also did the same sort of thing for WMS in the report. One key trend among several we call out in the report is this SCE platform trend. First, not only have a number of vendors really started to get this right (i.e., deep integration across the suites), but companies are increasingly thinking about how building such a platform can drive real benefits in terms of flexibility down the road. Follow the link to receive the full report.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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