Supply Chain Research Reports

Industry Insight on Supply Chain and Technology Trends

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Our library of supply chain research provides third-party industry insight on a variety of supply chain and S&OP topics.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning System of Differentiation

By Gartner

The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning System of Differentiation research report defines a sales and operations planning (S&OP) system of differentiation (SOD) as a software solution that provides technology support for a Stage 4 or higher maturity S&OP process. In this May 2017 report, Gartner positioned Kinaxis in the Leaders Quadrant. This marks the second consecutive leadership placement for Kinaxis in this Gartner Magic Quadrant.

Concurrency: Embracing the Death of S&OP

By SCM World

The future of supply chain planning is concurrency. In this research paper, SCM World describes the death of S&OP as we know it; outlines the three foundational capabilities of concurrent planning; shares insights and approaches from leading organizations embracing concurrency; and lastly, presents a six-point action plan to help you establish concurrent planning in your supply chain. 

Kinaxis Continues SCM Revolution at Kinexions

By Nucleus Research

At Kinexions 2016, Kinaxis continued its mission to transform supply chain planning and improve sales and operations planning. Nucleus found that the capabilities Kinaxis delivers with its RapidResponse product can change how organizations perform advanced planning. Kinaxis can deliver value with greater visibility and collaborative problem solving tools, helping organizations uncover problems sooner and solve them faster.

Avaya's Supply Chain Transformation

By Aberdeen Group

With a vision to spend less time on low-value tasks (like translating and moving data) and more time on high-value, proactive activities that have a real impact on the business, Avaya embarked on a multi-year supply chain transformation journey. Along the way, they addressed common supply chain challenges, including disparate processes, multiple ERPs and lack of visibility. Learn how their five-phase approach resulted in a best-in-class supply chain.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

By SCM World

Navigating through the increasing number of supply chain risks in the world today requires a more “systematic, focused and proactive approach” to supply chain risk management according to recent SCM World research. Download this report to learn about the four risk management stages every company should be focused on to prepare for and minimize the impact of inevitable supply chain disruptions.

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Can You Afford The Risk?

By Supply Chain Insights LLC

Supply Chain Insights is calling on organizations to make risk management a higher business priority and is recommending a more holistic approach to identifying and assessing potential risks in the supply chain. This recent research report offers insights into the frequency of supply chain disruptions, the maturity of supply chain risk management practices and the barriers to achieving an end-to-end risk management strategy.

Complimentary report courtesy of Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights LLC

Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: Semiconductors and Hard Disk Drives

By Supply Chain Insights LLC

Complimentary report courtesy of Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights LLC.

Short product lifecycles, outsourced supply chains and margin pressures are challenging the Semiconductor sector, according to recent Supply Chain Insights research. To continue to build on a strong foundation, inventory management and supply chain risk management present two key areas for improvement.

In this report, Supply Chain Insights benchmarks this high tech sector against other industries and dives into data from six top companies in the space. The research highlights supply challenges and makes recommendations on areas to focus in to drive continued improvement.


Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Aerospace and Defense

By Supply Chain Insights LLC

Complimentary report courtesy of Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights LLC.

Increased complexity, slowed growth and shrinking margins are challenging the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) sector. According to recent research from Supply Chain Insights, A&D companies need a renewed focus on collaboration, visibility and core supply chain capabilities to remain competitive and win new business.

In this report, Supply Chain Insights benchmarks A&D companies against other industries and dives into data from five top A&D companies over the last decade. The research highlights the supply chain challenges for this industry, as well as the critical importance of getting it right.

Three Techniques to Improve Organization Alignment

By Supply Chain Insights LLC

Complimentary report on how supply chain practices can improve organizational alignment and improve corporate performance courtesy of Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights LLC.

When teams are aligned, insight to action is quicker, and greater results ensue. However, organizational alignment is easier said than done. Functions have matured in silos. The goal of this report is to help companies change and improve alignment to build end-to-end value chains. This study found that when companies do three things, and focus on doing them well, they can substantially improve organizational alignment.

Find out what those three things are...

In-memory Databases, Industry Know-how, and Usability: What Really Matters in Supply Chain Planning

By Joshua Greenbaum, Enterprise Applications Consulting

The current market attention around in-memory database technology is focused on the possibility that this technology is poised to disrupt key processes in the enterprise by supporting the analysis of unheard-of amounts of data at millisecond speeds. But is in-memory database technology merely one of many enabling technologies that provide a platform for innovation, as opposed to being the innovation itself? This paper covers the results of research into this question and comes to a very interesting conclusion.