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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Market Agenda & Calendar

Ventana Research maintains a rigorous approach to its areas of research expertise through a methodology of processes and activities to ensure we provide the best possible insights on technology across business and IT. This is represented in our Market Agenda, which is a foundation for providing actionable information and guidance to help you identify opportunities for improved competitiveness and effectiveness. Other industry analyst firms lack methodology and a publicly available research agenda and are easily biased by clients and the industry. We take pride in our reputation for independence and provide our research calendar and agenda for visibility into the upcoming months of activity.

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Vendors Not Covered or Recommended

  • BlueYonder
  • Epicor
  • John Galt Solutions
  • Logility
  • Microsoft
  • Planview
  • Plex
  • SAP
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