The Disconnected Supply Chain

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How SCM Software Breaks Your Supply Chain and What You Can Do About It.

The current state of the supply chain management market is characterized by a growing disconnect between what vendors are delivering and what their customers require. Nowhere is this more evident than in the mid-sized manufacturing and distribution market, where the large SCM vendors have plied a set of wares that are designed for large enterprises and priced accordingly but lack the focus on functionality and value that is criteria number one for companies outside the Fortune 500.

This disconnect has resulted in a set of supply chain solutions that are supersized, and priced accordingly, and that do not necessarily meet the needs of the companies that have tried to deploy them. The price of attempting to use these super-sized solutions can be particularly onerous: in many cases, the annual maintenance cost of these Big SCM solutions and the many ERP solutions that claim to deliver Big SCM functionality exceeds the total cost of a less extensive supply chain solution, one that could meet most if not all of the customers supply chain requirements.

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