Archive for Cloud/Software-as-a-Service – Page 3

Look Before You Leap: Important Factors in Selecting a Technology Outsourcing Partner

Outsourcing technology, especially software, isn’t just for the little guys any more.  With the downturn in the economy, firms of all sizes are looking for outside help in managing their supply chains, particularly the transportation component.  Many are finding that technology service providers can help lower costs, as well as conserve resources. For those new to outsourcing technology, the first and most important challenge is choosing a partner or provider.  Though every firm’s needs are […]

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SaaS TMS and Supply Chain Risk Management

My colleague Adrian Gonzalez and I are both fans of network-centric, software-as-a-service (SaaS) transportation management systems (TMS).  We see advantages in terms of on-boarding carriers and other trading partners, data quality management, and the potential for benchmarking (see “More Questions About Software-as-a-Service“).  But as I think more about Duncan Watts’ “Too Complex to Exist” article (which I highlighted in “‘Power Curves’ and Supply Chain Risk Management“), I see a potential downside to SaaS that I […]

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A Strategic Hole in the WMS Market

ARC recently published my new Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Market Outlook study.  In a previous Logistics Viewpoints article, I highlighted the fact that the largest WMS suppliers continue to grow as the market shrinks.  However, despite that, I believe that these leading WMS suppliers have a strategic hole in their supply chain execution portfolio that could make them vulnerable. Obviously, having a larger suite of solutions has been a key advantage for these large suppliers.  […]

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Is it possible to accurately calculate Total Landed Costs?

There was a terrific article in this month’s Supply Chain Management Review by John Ferreira and Len Prokopets from Archstone Consulting (“Does offshoring still make sense?”).  The article highlights some key findings from a survey Archstone and SCMR conducted with thirty-nine senior executives from U.S. and European manufacturing companies.  Among the interesting points highlighted in the article: North American manufacturers sourcing from China perceived that their savings would be in the 25 to 40 percent […]

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