Not that you’d take any commitment to a supply chain management solution lightly, but isn’t it important to make the best choice anyway? Choosing an application to handle your supply chain management (SCM) system is one of the most crucial decisions your company can make.

Regardless of the complexity of the software you choose or what features you want to help handle the flow of your products, you’ll want to make sure it’s the best choice for your organization’s current and future needs. The three tools described in this article can help you ensure that the SCM application you select best handles the flow of products and information for your business.

Gap Analysis: Our SCM tool’s three detailed worksheets (Requirements, Gap Report, and Solution Benefits) will help you determine whether a gap exists between your current system’s supply chain capabilities and your organization’s future requirements. If you establish that a gap exists, our tool will help you determine if SCM software can help you close those gaps.

Vendor Selection Checklist: This tool’s detailed worksheets (Criteria Ranking, Vendor, and Comparison) will help you assess the supply chain software products and services available from up to six vendors, so that your determination is based on the facts and issues most applicable to your organization’s needs.

Vendor Reference Questionnaire: This tool allows you to record contact and demographic information on up to six references. Find out how each reference rates the vendors on 10 critical, technology-specific questions. When you’ve completed the data from all the references you’re contacting, the tool will pull the information into the Comparison worksheet for a side-by-side look at how their vendor ratings compare.

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