Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

November 24, 2008

Jim Burleigh

SaaS Revamps the Supply Chain

High-tech companies need to take advantage of SaaS-model benefits for real-time visibility into their supply chain—especially in tight economic times.

By Jim Burleigh, SmartTurn

Often when I speak with executives at high-tech companies about their supply chain solutions, I’m shocked. They’re presumably people with a strong affinity for using technology to improve their business, but most of them are still dealing with archaic technologies and manual processes for handling the inventory and warehouse management challenges of manufacturing companies.

It’s almost like the cobbler’s children not having shoes. They have applied technology to their marketing, sales, manufacturing, and design processes; but they struggle with supply-chain fundamentals and lack technology that enables real-time visibility across their supply chains.

The good news is that this scenario is changing. Savvy vendors are using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) combined with cutting-edge social networking concepts to resolve longstanding challenges in the technology supply chain.


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— Roy L. Smith

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