The Cloud in Supply Chain Management

supply chain management

In the past few years, the cloud was successfully implemented in Human Resources Management (HRM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). It is not a surprise that this trend has also impressed the Supply Chain Management (SCM) market as well. With vendors building their supply chain models on the cloud, the potential of double-digit growth has become more tangible. However, the consumerization of Information Technology and the shifts towards the cloud has also taken its toll on legacy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) providers.

The traditional “build once” model of ERP providers has been disrupted by this shift, making it more difficult for them to keep up with cloud-based solutions. On the other hand, cloud-based SCM offerings have been attractive. Generating consistent high margin and superior cash flow, they are more remarkable compared to the traditional license-based business models. The shift to the cloud benefits BoB on-demand SCM vendors, but it also attracted traditional vendors that acquire and develop Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.

According to the study conducted by Gartner, the cloud penetration rate in Supply Chain Management is expected to grow to 29.5 percent by 2017 – a great leap from the 18.3 percent in 2012. It ranks second to the cloud penetration rate in CRM, which has a 16.6 percent change in 5 years. Compared to the traditional business model, the SCM software market growth is far greater. With 18.6 percent growth by 2017, it is more impressive than the 6.3 percent market growth of traditional business models.

With these numbers, it is more important for companies to constantly develop their supply chain management systems. They should also appreciate the necessity of strategic supply chain management in their business operations. As the global supply chain stretches further into emerging economies and market manufacturing centers, the demand for SCM software also increases. In fact, there is currently a continued strong growth in Asia and Latin America in SCM investment.

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

Related articles


Weighing Cost vs. Benefit of Near Time vs. Real Time Data Integration

When the pace of business accelerates from a few orders a week to a few a day, or even an…

Supply Chain Challenges Ranking by Retailers

A major concern for retailers is the growing challenges in the supply chain. As they look to amplify their growth…


Supplier Collaboration Harnesses Big Data to Enhance Safety and Productivity

Oftentimes, supply chain professionals look for the first cost result, which is a big mistake. They need to consider the…

no comments

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *