Gartner recently published their Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record and we take great pride in the fact that Kinaxis has been placed in the Leaders quadrant. We’ve worked hard over many years to differentiate and distinguish ourselves in the marketplace, so this third-party view is particularly validating for us.
Gartner defines a supply chain planning (SCP) System of Record (SOR) as:
An SCP SOR is a planning platform that enables a company to create, manage, link, align, collaborate and share its planning data across a supply chain — from demand plan creation through the supply-side response, and from detailed operational planning through tactical-level planning.1
In this regard, we believe we truly do stand apart from other vendors in the space. The report positions vendors based on completeness of vision in the supply chain planning system of record market and on their ability to execute to that vision. So that begs the question…"What’s our vision of a supply chain planning system of record?” Ultimately, we believe that a supply chain planning system of record should be focused on how it can drive tangible business outcomes not just on how to run the supply chain planning function. Value is only derived when technology enables clear and compelling business results. We believe that can only happen if you are orchestrating the supply chain from a single system. With a supply chain planning system of record, companies should achieve:
- multi-tier, multi-enterprise supply chain visibility, planning, analysis, and collaboration,
- integrated demand and supply planning – at an aggregate and detailed level;
- active monitoring of current and projected business results from a user-defined perspective;
- rapid what-if analysis and scenario comparison to model unlimited alternatives and evaluate their impacts across multiple functions; and
- continuous orchestration of business activities and coordinated course corrections that optimize overall corporate performance and profitability.
Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record, T. Payne, March 6, 2014
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