Ventana Research Launches Supply Chain Research Practice

Industry veteran Colin Snow to lead new practice in critical business and technology area

Industry veteran Colin Snow to lead new practice in critical business and technology area

San Mateo, CA  October 26, 2005  Business advisory service Ventana Research has debuted an expansion of its services to users and vendors with the launch of its newest research practice area, Supply Chain Performance Management, to be led by Colin Snow, an established industry veteran and expert in supply chain and information technology.

Ventana said that its Supply Chain Performance Management research and services are intended to help manufacturers and distributors in adopting new practices and technologies to improve business results.

The consultancy provides research-derived guidance for companies with issues ranging from finding the return on investment of supply chain information technology implementations to evaluating specific software vendors for building or upgrading new assets. Major technology vendors covered include Oracle, SAP, Microsoft and SSA and vendors dedicated to supply chain performance management such as Kinaxis, SymphonyRPM and Silvon.

Since the competitive dynamics, business processes and system landscapes for manufacturers and distributors are rapidly changing, Ventana said that it provides specific performance management advice and research. The consultancy specializes in providing the strategic perspective needed to integrate people, processes, information and technologies to build core competencies and competitive advantage.

"The new supply chain practice at Ventana Research will provide insight and guidance for companies that are seeking to improve efficiency, meet compliance standards and improve operational performance," the consultancy said in announcing the new service offering.

"It's not about the newest feature, function or latest user interface," said Snow, who is vice president and research director for operational and supply chain performance management at Ventana. "Users are looking to solve real business problems and software vendors need to know and understand what those are. Increasingly they are less about the technology and more about the people, process and information. This is where we provide direction."

Snow brings 10 years of enterprise software experience from vendors like PeopleSoft and Steelwedge, as well as over 15 years of industry experience in manufacturing, planning and services from firms like Olympus America and CIDCO Corporation.

More information on the Ventana's supply chain performance management research agenda and the consultancy's latest research articles on market trends and best practices is available at

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