Gartner Research

Five Possible Approaches to a Successful Network Design Initiative

Published: 09 March 2018

ID: G00353001

Analyst(s): Kamala Raman

Summary

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

Introduction

Analysis

  • 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

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