Full Supply Chain Access

Aberdeen debuts online community for purchasing and supply chain managers

Boston, MA  October 17, 2002  Consulting and research firm Aberdeen Group announced today the official launch of Supply Chain Access, an enterprise-facing Web site that will provide "insights" to purchasing and supply chain managers.

"Supply chain professionals' success grows increasingly dependent on a practical understanding of current supply chain technologies," said Tim Minahan, vice president of Supply Chain Research. "Supply Chain Access will offer enterprise buying organizations the tools and insights they need to keep up with current industry trends."

Supply Chain Access uses Aberdeen's industry knowledge to make understandable the dynamics of supply chain technologies. The firm said the contents of the site reflect independent research and analysis by Aberdeen Group's Supply Chain Management research practice. The site is the leading offering of AberdeenEnterprise  Aberdeen Group's network of business end-user portals.

Aberdeen said the Web site will offer business end-users decision support and analysis tools such as:
" e-Sourcing Index  Aberdeen's benchmarking index that tracks enterprises' usage of e-sourcing technologies. The index incorporates data derived from a quarterly survey of the ESI Advisory Council  a private group of e-sourcing practitioners  and tracks sourcing volumes, commodities sourced, and savings by commodity.
" Supply Chain 50  This is the firm's quarterly ranking of the top-performing public supply chain technology companies.
" Aberdeen Perspective  Includes frequently updated analyses of current supply chain news, issues, events, and analysts' field experiences.
" Strategy Corner  Features tactics for effectively deploying and managing the digital supply chain, provided by Aberdeen analysts and supported by speeches, presentations and interviews from industry thought leaders and practitioners.
" Supply Chain Interview  This tool offers online conversations with supply chain executives, academics and practitioners, directed by Aberdeen's Supply Chain Research team.

Other benefits Aberdeen said it will offer users is a delegate seat in Aberdeen's "Supply Chain Congress", the opportunity to participate in quarterly end-user surveys and a subscription to the firm's Supply Chain Access Weekly e-newsletter.