Service-Oriented Architecture Seen Spurring New Wave of Supply Chain Innovation

SOA eases integration and promotes agile business processes, improving competitiveness, AberdeenGroup reports

  • Ninety-four percent of those surveyed use a combination of best-of-breed applications, on-demand services, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and desktop applications to manage supply chains.

  • The flexibility required from supply chain applications far outstrips their ability to provide it. In fact, 61 percent of those surveyed said that they are forced to employ manual application workarounds to meet requirements or limit the services offered to customers.

  • The companies most likely to adopt SOA in the near term tend to buy applications that best fit their current technology requirements; they are less likely to have a corporate-wide ERP consolidation program in place.

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