Trends Report

Forrester TechRadar™: The Extended Supply Chain Application Ecosystem, Q2 2008

Wireless Fleets Forge Ahead; Global Trade Management Goes Mainstream

April 15th, 2008
Patrick Connaughton
With contributors:
George Lawrie , Sharyn Leaver , Varun Sedov , Roy Wildeman


Skyrocketing oil prices, pressure from low-cost competitors and ever-changing, complicated global trade regulations are enough to make even veteran supply leaders want to hide their heads in the sand. Add to that mix an aging and expensive-to-maintain legacy IT infrastructure, and most teams can barely stabilize costs — never mind develop an innovative supply chain management (SCM) strategy to drive new revenue sources. But all is not lost: By selecting the right SCM technologies to invest in, supply chain and applications professionals can take incremental steps without taking unnecessary risk. As our TechRadar™ evaluation of supply chain applications shows, supply chain intelligence, mobile asset tracking, fleet management, and global trade management top the list of areas that deliver quick ROI and lay the groundwork for ongoing innovation.

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