FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--IDC Manufacturing Insights today announced the availability of a new IDC MarketScape report which provides a comprehensive assessment of the supply chain demand sensing and planning software vendors for manufacturing companies. The new study, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Manufacturing Supply Chain Demand Sensing and Planning 2013 Vendor Assessment, (Doc #MI242850) presents IDC Manufacturing Insights' opinion on which vendors are well positioned today through current capabilities and which are best positioned to gain market share over the next few years. Vendors evaluated in this report include: Infor, JDA Software, Kinaxis, Logility, Oracle, SAS, SAP, and Steelwedge.
Volatility has emerged as a top concern for manufacturing companies since the global recession of 2008-2010. For some manufacturing sub-verticals, like engineering-oriented value chains, volatility manifests itself in the form of supply complexity; for other sub-verticals, like brand-oriented value chains, volatility manifests itself in the form of demand complexity; for still others, like technology-oriented value chains, it's both. The result has been a renewed focus on demand planning and a desire to improve their forecasting capabilities and performance. This new IDC MarketScape focuses on this critical area, with an eye towards the notable vendors in the space.
"Indications are good for a continued strong future for supply chain demand sensing and planning applications in manufacturing – particularly in those sub-segments like consumer products and high tech where companies experience high levels of demand volatility. IDC Manufacturing Insights believes that manufacturers who better leverage demand sensing and planning technology to deliver consistently against their service obligations, whilst maintaining required cost levels, will strengthen their current market positions and will be more viable in the long term," said Simon Ellis, Practice Director, IDC Manufacturing Insights.
The new IDC MarketScape suggests the future for manufacturing supply chain demand sensing and forecasting is bright. Not only are manufacturing companies across most industry segments prioritizing these capabilities, but that priority is reflected in IT spending growth. According to the new report, expected market growth for demand planning applications outstrips overall manufacturing supply chain management spending growth by more than one percentage point. Demand sensing and planning applications are currently 8.5% of overall supply chain management spending and are expected to climb to 8.7% by 2015.
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