By P.J. Jakovljevic, Technology Evaluation Centers

This two part article reprint provides an overview and opinion on Kinaxis RapidResponse — where it fits and how it compares within the supply chain provider ecosystem.


"It appears that the biggest conceptual difference between the Kinaxis approach and that of the other vendors in this space is that the latter believe that a perfect/optimal plan can be created if only one tries hard enough. And that once the (im)perfect plan has been generated, the organization just needs to execute according to the plan, even to the point of promoting the use of Plan Conformance as a key metric for measuring supply chain performance.

In contrast, Kinaxis believes that everyone has to plan, but that planning is only the starting point because the plan is never perfect. Since the plan is never perfect it is those other capabilities of monitoring and responding that provide breakthrough performance."