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SaaS for the Retail Supply Chain: Will Demand Planning Be the Next Frontier?

Published: 13 January 2012

ID: G00228191

Analyst(s): Mike Griswold

Summary

While most retail supply chain organizations prefer on-premises software solutions, interest in SaaS is growing, especially retailers' interest in SaaS demand-planning capabilities.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

Analysis

  • SaaS for Supply Chain Applications Is Currently Not Plan "A"
  • SaaS Can Provide Speed to Market, Cost Advantages and Advanced Demand-Planning Capabilities for Retailers
  • Regardless of Technology Platform, Demand Forecasting Is Hard Work
  • Demand Forecasting Solutions Must Support Evolving Requirements and User Maturities
  • SaaS Platforms Can Provide the Link Between Demand-Planning and Execution Activities

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