Operations & Supply Chain

Our Expertise

A new generation of innovative digital technology is now available for organizations to use to optimize the operations and the supply chain, aligning it to customer demand and the fulfillment of products and services. Utilizing this technology can dramatically improve the value of products and services; failing to embrace them can decrease it. The effective application and use of analytics, collaboration, machine learning, planning and IoT can increase the agility of the supply chain across sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and logistics to ensure full value is realized from the inventory of products.

Ventana Research offers research-based guidance to those in operations and supply chain roles to help maximize the value of products and services through more effective planning and efficient operational execution. We provide education on best practices and assessment and adoption of applications and information. Change is required to ensure efficient and effective supply chains are operating today and will in the future. Ventana Research can help.

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Through 2024, supply/demand chain management in over one-half of organizations will remain inadequate to ensure resilience and business continuity, requiring aggressive digital innovation. 

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Mark Smith

CEO & Chief Research Officer

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Building a Business Case for PIM

Providing the level of success your organization deserves across business requires accurate product information that is used consistently across all channels. Organizations must work to overcome common challenges to realize the benefits of investment

White Paper
Winning in the New Era of Trade

Companies with multinational supply chains must become more agile and resilient to adapt to a more challenging environment driven by a new world trade order and the need to manage to sales and profitability targets. Software is critical to achieve su

Viewpoint
Kinaxis Enhances Supply Chain Planning in a New Era of Trade

Organizations with complex multinational supply chains are facing and will continue to face significant challenges in managing them. Dealing with competitive changes, new technologies, a market-driven proliferation of SKUs, the growing use of contrac

Analyst Perspective
The Ventana Research Operations and the Supply Chain Agenda in 2020

Ventana Research recently announced its 2020 research agenda for operations and the supply chain, continuing the guidance we’ve offered for nearly two decades to help organizations across industries derive optimal value from business technology and i

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The Business Continuity Imperative: The Supplier Relationship and Experience

Suppliers play a critical role in supporting the operations and processes of every organization.

Analyst Perspective
Modernizing PIM for Product Experience Management

Today’s businesses must manage a continually expanding array of data, content and digital assets as well as satisfy the demands of consumers for comprehensive product information.

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Open Communications, Business Continuity and the Digital Work Experience

Maintaining business continuity when the workforce is functioning virtually requires the organization to be as responsive as possible. During times when work-from-home (WFH) is a necessity, it’s even more important that the communication tools in use

Analyst Perspective
ShipChain Earns our 13th Digital Innovation Award for Operations and Supply Chain

Ventana Research has awarded ShipChain its 2020 Digital Innovation Award for Operations and Supply Chain. This award acknowledges the technology vendor that best exemplifies innovation in the technologies that support the operations or service and su

Analyst Perspective
The Ventana Research 2021 Market Agenda: How Digital Effectiveness Impacts Organizational Agility

Ventana Research has announced its market agenda for 2021, continuing the tradition of transparency in our efforts to educate and guide the technology market but also our independence as we do not share our market agenda or analyst perspectives with

Analyst Perspective
The Operations and Supply Chain Market Agenda for 2021: Increasing Agility and Resilience of the Supply Chain

Ventana Research recently announced its 2021 research agenda for Operations and Supply Chain, continuing the guidance we’ve offered for nearly two decades to help organizations across industries derive optimal value from business technology and impro

Analyst Perspective
The 2021 Product Information Management Value Index: 16 Vendors to Assess and Select

I am happy to share insights gleaned from our latest Value Index research, an assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Ventana Research Value Index: Product Information Management 2021 is the distillation of a year of

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Informatica is Exemplary and Leader in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Informatica's Product 360 drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Akeneo Rated Exemplary Leader in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Akeneo Serenity drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Pimcore Named Exemplary and Overall Leader in 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Pimcore Platform drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Salsify is Exemplary and a Leader in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Salsify ProductXM drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Magnitude is Exemplary in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Magnitude Agility PIM drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Riversand is Exemplary and a Leader in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Riversand PX 360 drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Stibo Systems is Innovative in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Stibo Systems Enterprise Platform drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
Bluestone PIM Named a Vendor of Assurance in the 2021 Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Bluestone PIM drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
IBM Named an Innovative Vendor in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about IBM Product Master drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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inRiver is a Vendor of Assurance in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about inRiver PIM drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
Oracle is a Vendor of Merit in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Oracle’s Product Lifecycle Management Cloud drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
Winshuttle is a Vendor with Merit in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Winshuttle EnterWorks drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
Perfion Named a Vendor with Merit in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Perfion drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

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Contentserv is a Vendor with Merit in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Contentserv CS drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
Viamedici Named a Vendor with Merit in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Viamedici EPIM drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Analyst Perspective
Innovit Named a Vendor with Merit in the 2021 PIM Value Index

We are happy to share some insights about Innovit MDM drawn from our latest Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements.

Market Perspective
Burberry Earns Digital Leadership Award in Operations and Supply Chain with Board International for 2021

The annual Ventana Research Digital Leadership Awards recognize organizations and individuals that utilize technology to advance business and IT. The Digital Leadership Awards showcase the professional leadership and their use of business application

Analyst Perspective
Digital Business Market Agenda for 2022: Resilience and Readiness

With the announcement of Ventana Research’s 2022 Market Agenda, our expertise in Digital Business continues to advance the market need for effective investments into technology, and I will outline here the key areas of focus to provide insights to or

Analyst Perspective
2022 Market Agenda: Increasing Supply Chain Agility and Resilience

Ventana Research recently announced its 2022 research agenda for Operations and Supply Chain, continuing the guidance we’ve offered for nearly two decades to help organizations across industries derive optimal value from business technology and impro

Analyst Perspective
Kinaxis Optimizes Agile Supply Chain Planning

Kinaxis is a sales and operation planning software company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Its RapidResponse is an S&OP platform for concurrent planning, designed to integrate an organization’s supply chain planning silos, accelerate planning cycles

eBook
The Keystone for Digital Commerce

A modern digital commerce environment adapts to business continuity requirements and the demand of constantly changing consumer expectations.

eBook
How to Achieve an ROI from PIM

Modern product information management (PIM) has the potential to deliver value far beyond the efficiency gains of the current operational approach.

eBook
Building a Business Case for PIM

Providing the level of success your organization deserves across business requires accurate product information that is used consistently across all channels.

eBook
Continuous Planning

Continuous planning is a highly collaborative, action-oriented approach to corporate planning and budgeting built on frequent, short planning cycles.

Market Perspective
Kinaxis Earns Operations and Supply Chain Digital Innovation Award

The annual Ventana Research Digital Innovation Awards showcase advances in the productivity and potential of business applications as well as technology that contributes significantly to the improved processes and performance of an organization. Our

Research Perspective
Next-Generation Workforce Planning

Traditional workforce planning is a set of processes performed by the Human Resources (HR) function, working with business units and departments to address short- and long- term staffing needs. In this model, HR provides guidelines on pay rates per l

Research Perspective
Supply Chain Planning with Prescriptive Analytics

Technology has steadily advanced the analytic techniques that enable businesses to undertake the challenge of supply chain optimization. These have evolved from basic inventory optimization routines to more complex algorithms that address multiple ob

Research Perspective
Making PIM Configurable and Reliable for Manufacturing

To run smoothly and successfully, a manufacturing organization that’s already digitally connected internally and with customers and the supply chain needs consistent, accurate, configurable and actionable product information. To accomplish this, the

White Paper
Winning in the New Era of Trade

CEOs, CFOs and other senior executives of organizations with even moderately complex multinational supply chains must face the challenge of ensuring they are able to manage their supply chains both tactically and strategically.

White Paper
Collaborative Enterprise Planning

Collaborative enterprise planning is a methodology that connects all planning activities of a company’s departments and business units, enabling them to share their plans and to plan collaboratively.

White Paper
Reimagine Planning to Improve Enterprise Performance

Any crisis, whether a global pandemic or one confined to a single company, tests the ability of an organization (and especially its executives and managers) to quickly respond to events by seizing opportunities, addressing problems or mitigating risk

Q&A
The Strategic Factors for PIM

Why is it important to support cloud computing for Product Information Management? Mark Smith sheds light on what can be done to ensure operations across distributed cloud computing environments. Read the Q&A.

Q&A
Open Communications, Business Continuity and the Digital Work Experience

How can open communications deliver on the vision for seamless digital work experiences now and in the next 12 months? Can a digital communications platform deliver short-term cost savings that translate into long-term operational efficiencies for wo

Q&A
An Executive Discussion on Work Management

Organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to address the changing demands of work in a way that optimally utilizes resources to deliver improved results while controlling levels of financial investment. C-level and executive teams must ensu

Videocast
Moving Beyond Traditional FP&A

The ability of the finance department to execute rapid planning, forecasting and budgeting cycles is a major factor that determines a company’s adaptability to change because the planning process enables executives to guide the organization on the pa

Videocast
Build An Actionable Profitability Management Initiative

Everyone running a business knows that the bottom line is the bottom line. But how does your company manage profitability? There’s an important distinction between managing to profit objectives and what Ventana Research calls “profitability managemen

Infographic
MANAGE PROFITABILITY to Boost Your BOTTOM LINE

Profitability management is especially valuable as corporations confront cost-price pressures, shifting demand and supply conditions, and structural changes in markets and economies. Having the right tool along with the right data is the first step t

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CONTINUOUS PLANNING to Improve Business Performance

Continuous Planning is a high participation, collaborative approach that connects and aligns operational and financial forecasts to support action-oriented planning. This method promotes agility that is valuable both in times of crises and in a stead

Webinar
Webinar: Sales Stories from the Frontline

Today’s sales organizations are faced with many challenges when it comes to realizing the full potential of assigned territories and account locations. Simultaneously, organizations need to be agile in order to support their sales leadership and oper

Webinar
Webinar: Best Practices in Mergers and the Supply Chain

Failure to plan how to achieve sustainable operational efficiencies, including supply chains, will result in missed opportunities to attain the expected synergies and an inability to discover additional, less obvious sources of value in the combinati

Webinar
Webinar: Business Continuity and Growth - Location Planning for Sales and Service

It is always the right time for maximizing the potential of your organization’s sales and service locations and territories. But now more than ever, there is a heightened sense of pressure to perform in the face of market volatility and black swan ev

Viewpoint
Creating Better Accountability and Experiences in Work Management

All organizations can improve. Every business entity, regardless of the state of its current performance, can up its productivity and utilize its resources better.

Viewpoint
Continuous Planning Provides Action, Agility and Accuracy

The term “continuous planning” may conjure up images of never-ending meetings in which nothing gets accomplished, but Ventana Research uses it to describe a highly collaborative, action-oriented approach to corporate planning built on frequent, short

Analyst Perspective
Kinaxis Extends Platform into Supply Chain Execution with MPO Acquisition

Kinaxis recently announced it has acquired a Netherlands-based company, MPO, a cloud-based software offering that orchestrates multiparty supply chain execution. The combination is designed to enable Kinaxis to extend its concurrent planning platform

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