Technology Evaluation Centers, ChainLink Research launch model that provides interactive product data, comparisons
Cambridge, MA September 17, 2003 Supply chain research and advisory firm ChainLink Research Inc. and online knowledgebase Technology Evaluation Centers Inc. today announced the launch of Supply Chain Management Evaluation Center.
The Center is a total-access model that, according to the firms, provides interactive, impartial product data with side-by-side comparisons.
The structure of the new tool is designed to guide decision-makers through the planning and execution of supply chain management by allowing the user to choose the most appropriate solution based on a detailed set of criteria that can be tailored to the needs and requirements of their enterprise.
The SCM knowledge base, the companies said, contains over 2,200 criteria for 10 separate supply chain modules, specializing in demand management, supply chain optimization, warehouse management systems, production and supply planning, service parts planning, transportation management systems, international trade logistics, order management, event management, and supplier relationship management.
It also offers access to the knowledge of supply chain analysts to guide in the management process.
"We wanted to bring supply chain software selection out of the dark ages and into the 21st century", noted ChainLink CEO, Ann Grackin, "For too long, the selection process has been a hit-and-miss experience. With TEC's tools and our knowledge of the industry, we are now able to provide the software buyer a stronger methodology. We fundamentally believe the analyst industry is changing; we are very excited at this breakthrough."
Technology Evaluation Centers' President, Yves Payette said the project offers depth of information backed up by renowned analysts, which can help corporations save money in the long run. "Under the old rules a customer would have to spend between $25,000 to $50,000 for a chance to consult with an analyst and still not be sure of the data. Now it can now be done directly by the customer with the criteria he or she chooses."