2012 TEC Buyer’s Guide to Explore Surging Interest in SCM

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Supply chain management (SCM) software is a key part of a successful global business. With it, companies can monitor transactions between suppliers, manufacturers, shippers, retailers, and a host of other partners. They can anticipate problems, eliminate bottlenecks, and avoid expensive delays. Without SCM, companies lose visibility, and control, of anything outside their four walls, and risk losing time and money to frequent supply chain disruptions.

But despite the advantages SCM offers, many companies have been slow to adopt it—particularly service providers who view SCM as being mostly for manufacturers.

That perception seems to be changing, though. At TEC, we’ve seen a surge in the popularity of our SCM Evaluation Center as companies of all sizes look for ways to be more competitive in a harsh economic climate. So to help IT decision makers navigate the SCM landscape, we’re hard at work preparing the 2012 SCM Buyer’s Guide.

The guide is intended to give you a solid overview of the state of the SCM market and walk you through a number of common supply chain problems, including:

  • Managing complexity

    • How do you manage a global network of business partners and agents?

    • How do you deal with high volumes of information?

    • How do you keep the supply chain fluid?

  • Best practices for achieving insight into the supply chain

    • What’s the best way to manage supply chain data?

    • How do you keep data mobile?

    • How do you manage exceptions?

  • Managing collaboration within the supply chain

    • How do you establish global connectivity?

    • How do you leverage workflows to optimize collaboration?

    • How do you control choke points in the supply chain?

Our analysts will weigh in on the best ways for companies to deal with these and other SCM issues. They’ll also tell you about the software solutions on offer from best-of-breed SCM vendors and enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors who’ve integrated SCM modules into their software.

Like all TEC buyer’s guides, this one will feature thought leadership from vendors and industry experts, as well as customer success stories that illustrate how SCM solutions have helped companies resolve their supply chain issues and become more competitive.

Also included in the SCM Buyer’s Guide is a special report on global trade management (GTM) software. GTM extends the traditional capabilities of SCM software far beyond simple transaction monitoring, offering a collaborative toolset that empowers partners at every point in the supply chain to correct problems as they arise and keep goods moving as efficiently as possible.

Until now, GTM solutions have only been available to large companies with deep pockets. But a recent down-market push by several key vendors is making GTM functionality, and the competitive advantages it makes possible, available to the small and midsize business (SMB) market.

And no buyer’s guide would be complete without a detailed vendor directory. This handy reference will show you which functional SCM areas a variety of SCM and ERP vendors support. A second directory will do the same for tier-one, tier-two, and best-of-breed GTM solutions.

All this and more in the 2012 SCM Buyer’s Guide, available for download next March. Stay tuned.
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