Take a deeper look at supply chain technology before heading to the conference with a selection of topic-specific content, including Smarter With Gartner articles, webinars and Gartner Predicts research.

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AI, IoT, digital twins and blockchain are some of the trends transforming supply chains.

Supply chains are becoming increasingly globalized and more complex. Raw materials and products travel across many geographical locations and pass through multiple suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, carriers and service providers. Often, the supply chain is unaware of how many trading partners are really involved.

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Companies evaluating supply chain planning technology often make a leap of faith during the vendor selection process going from an RFP phase directly to selecting the vendor. This is a mistake as these critical decisions are being made without a complete understanding of the path they need to travel and level of effort required to support implementation. Companies seeking to evaluate and test vendor capabilities can use pilot programs to help mitigate risk and uncertainty during the evaluation process.

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Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo 2020 has a dedicated conference track:

Strategic technology trends have the potential to drive significant disruption and deliver substantial opportunity. Supply chain IT leaders face the challenge of how to build the much-needed digital foundation. Most supply chain organizations are in the designing and delivering stages, while only some have broken through the barrier and are either scaling or, to a lesser extent, harvesting the benefits of digitalization. This track provides relevant, unbiased, and practical insights and advice that inform decisions on technology acquisitions to advance the digital journey.

Topics include:

  • Supply chain alignment
  • Supply chain business networks
  • Enterprise networks
  • Supply chain visibility
  • Digital ecosystems
  • Intelligent response framework
Gartner Predicts 2020: Supply Chain Technology

  • By 2023, more than 30% of large enterprise supply chain organizations will have invested in at least one autonomous mobile robot.
  • By 2024, 50% of WMS vendors will embed machine learning capabilities to enhance workflows between automation and humans.
  • By 2024, 50% of MES solutions will include industrial IoT (IIoT) platforms.