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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: What Drives Investment in Supply Chain Technology?


Reducing Costs Naturally is the Top Factor, but Rest of List from Gartner is a Bit Surprising

Feb. 9, 2017
SCDigest Editorial Staff

From SCDigest's view most supply chain technology vendors have been seeing at least reasonably good times in recent years.


Which begs a begs a simple interesting question: what drives investment in supply chain technology?


At part of its predictions for global logistics in late 2016 (see 2017 Supply Chain Predictions from the Analysts), Gartner included the chart below - our Supply Chain Graphic of the Week - that provides data on that very question, from a recent Gartner survey:


Top Drivers of Supply Chain Technology Investments

(Percent Selecting as One of Top Three Drivers)




Not surprisingly of course, reducing operating costs came in at the top spot, followed by "need for enhancced decision-making" (which we would assume would lead to reduce costs), and "synchronize and orchestrate processes across functions" - and we're not exactly sure what that means.


SCDigest is surprised that "addressing new or changed business requiremements" didn't score a bit higher, as it seems to us that is a common driver of investments. One only has to look at all the spemding gloing on to support omnichannel commerce to see that dynamic in action.


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