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Piloting Supply Chain Technology

It’s becoming increasingly common to include a pilot as part of a software vendor assessment for supply chain planning technology. Pilots mitigate risk and uncertainty when evaluating technology.

Gartner identified five pilot models — which one is right for you? Download the guide to understand how each pilot model is structured and determine which is best to test your unique technical and business requirements.

  • Five pilot models: How they each work, timeline and cost

  • Scorecard to align your objectives to the right pilot model

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    Supply chain leaders must assess their company’s risk culture to determine their readiness to explore and adopt emerging offerings. If in doubt, consider piloting small projects to determine whether the potential benefit of the technology trend is worth the risk and required investment in new skills, capabilities and services.

    Christian Titze

    VP Analyst, Gartner Research & Advisory

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    Supply Chain IT: FAQs

    Supply chain execution (SCE) is focused on execution-oriented applications, including warehouse management systems (WMSs), transportation management systems (TMSs), global trade management (GTM) systems, and other execution applications, such as real-time decision support systems (for example, dynamic routing and dynamic sourcing systems) and supply chain visibility systems within the enterprise, as well as throughout the extended supply chain.

    Supply chain inventory visibility (SCIV) systems allow enterprises to monitor and manage events across the supply chain to plan their activities more effectively and preempt problems. SCIV systems enable enterprises not only to track and trace inventory globally on a line-item level, but also submit plans and receive alerts when events deviate from expectations. This visibility into orders and shipments on a real-time basis gives enterprises reliable advance knowledge of when goods will arrive.

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