Gartner has released a report outlining their top supply chain technology trend predictions for 2021, to aid supply chain leaders in mapping out and developing their ongoing digital transformation initiatives.
The key findings outlined were:
- “Although 72% of supply chain organizations view technology as a source of competitive advantage, only 47% manage SCM technology horizontally and holistically across functional domains."
- “While the pace of change in supply chain accelerates, only 42% of supply chain organizations have adopted agile methodologies, breaking projects into smaller increments and allowing quicker realization of failures and reallocation of efforts."
- "More than half of supply chain leaders now have a variety of IT roles specifically within their supply chain teams" as "Information and technology (I&T) is becoming an increasingly important role directly in the supply chain organizations."
A recent survey they conducted, Gartner Supply Chain Disruption Management and Impact Survey, determined that “real-time visibility is one of the key capabilities companies use to handle their supply chain challenges.” In fact, Gartner predicts that “by 2023, 50% of global product-centric enterprises will have invested in real-time transportation visibility platforms.”