The 2019 Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix for Inventory Optimization (IO) shows increasing competitive pressure to improve supply chain efficiency and operation as vendors look to refresh their supply chain management processes. Leading planning systems are providing visibility both within and without a company’s walls, facilitating a holistic approach to inventory tracking and the ability to optimize across multiple echelons of trading partners and suppliers.
Inventory Optimization Value Matrix Leaders include: E2open, JDA Software, One Network, ToolsGroup, and Vanguard.
“The demand for solutions that enable organizations to plan around balancing service delivery with stocking levels is becoming more pronounced as the competitive landscape and shifts in consumer behavior present new challenges. Historically, many organizations answered the challenges they faced by carrying more inventory to cover risks and uncertainty. However, IO solutions are enabling organizations to find a better balance between stocking levels, service, and cost,” said Seth Lippincott, analyst at Nucleus Research.
IO solutions remain a critical area of focus for supply chain planners as they are being asked to drive better results with fewer resources. In this year’s Value Matrix, the goal for leading vendors has been to provide planners with a full view of an enterprise’s inventory picture, allowing planning to be integrated across different parts of the business and extended the value chain.
Nucleus also notes that vendors have been bringing further automation and intelligence capabilities to their software tools where these technologies are gaining traction and are ideally suited for use cases within supply chain planning and optimization.
About the Inventory Optimization Technology Value Matrix
The Nucleus IO Value Matrix measures the ability of supply chain vendors to deliver value in usability and functionality and are placed into four categories: Leaders, Experts, Facilitators, and Core Providers. Customers can use the Matrices to evaluate vendor short lists as well as to make the case for maintaining existing applications.
See the full report at: https://nucleusresearch.com/research/single/io-technology-value-matrix-2019/
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