Gartner Research

Five Possible Approaches to a Successful Network Design Initiative

Published: 09 March 2018

ID: G00353001

Analyst(s): Kamala Raman


Several factors must be considered when setting up a supply chain network design initiative. In this research, we compare multiple approaches to network design and guide supply chain leaders responsible for design in selecting the right one for their organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Relative Merits of Different Network Design Approaches
    • Directional Rough-and-Ready Analysis
    • Structural Network Design as a One-Off Activity
    • Network Design as Managed Analytics Service With a Provider
    • Network Design as a Transitional Service-Provider-Led Activity
    • Network Design as Part of an In-House Analytics Competency
  • Regardless of the Final Choice, Be Sure the Right Skill Sets Are Represented
  • Methodology

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.