Supplier relationship management software helps organizations reduce risk, increase speed to market, and improve delivery. Companies who indulge in a long-term partnership with their suppliers have observed significant improvements in quality, innovation, the cost of services and delivery. Supplier relationship management industry is projected to grow significantly over the forecast period. The growth is due to factors including improving organizations speed to market, greater return on procurement investment, and high quality of output through a supply chain.
Chief driving factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand for real-time interaction with suppliers and need to reduce supply chain deficiencies. The industry has also been witnessing vendors focus shifting towards strategic sourcing and supplier management from procurement services.
The software also offers supplier contact management functionality to display real-time data about some contacts assigned to a particular supplier, vendor request for quote processing and approved & potential suppliers by individual facility and product. It also provides ordering business by vendor comparative analysis and responses from each provider. The solution also offers suppliers pricing history, request for quote responses by the supplier, including vendor rebates by product and customers, and volume discounts offered. It also continually monitors and analyze a vendor’s ongoing performance against a series of key defined performance metrics.
Lack of cross-functional collaboration and integrated procurement and ERP capability solutions could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. In spite of the demand for SRM software, the growing presence of open source vendors is also hindering the growth of this market.
The global SRM software market has also been witnessing increasing demand for SaaS-based solutions. SaaS-based software improves operational efficiencies and reduces costs. In depot repair centers while also improving inventory and parts management, handles all types of service requests and uses robust assignment logic to route requests quickly and to the right person with all the necessary customer and service related information.
This industry can be segmented by vertical as manufacturing, retail, wholesale/distribution, transportation & logistics, telecom services, financial, and government.
North America is considered as the key market for this industry owing to the presence of a vast number of key vendors, adoption of cloud computing in various sector, and increasing the popularity of this software among small and medium enterprises. Asia Pacific is expected to have substantial growth over the for forecast period owing to industries requirement to optimize the cost of services and delivery process. Industries in developing countries such as India, China and Singapore are using this software to generate a greater return on procurement investment and improve their supply chain. The Middle East & Africa regional segment is anticipated to grow at a slow pace owing to lack of awareness about the software and its effectiveness.
Key players in this market are Ariba Inc., JDA Software Group Inc., Intelex Technologies, Oracle Corp., SAP AG, Epicor Software Corp., Iasta Inc., Zycus Inc., Neocase Software, Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) CloudSRM, Biznet Solutions Ltd., and Whiztec Software.
Companies in the market have adopted various strategic initiatives such as new product development, merger and acquisition, and partnerships and collaboration in order to have a competitive advantage and strong market share.
In October 2015, Intelex Technologies launched new supplier relationship management software; it offers the solution to improve supply chain network at the subsidiaries and parent levels. Organizations can manage critical supplier certifications and documentation, conduct recurring vendor evaluations, key supplier contacts, and manage supplier non-conformances and corrective actions.
In February 2016, Neocase Software launched Neocase FS Power SRM software; it focuses on to ease the finance operations and make it more efficient through advanced automation and offer a better experience for suppliers, buyers, customers and employees through a progressive portal and SLA management.
In June 2014, Generix Group launched new GCI Supplier Portal; it offers administrative task computerization and delegation, paperless documentation, operation pooling, data quality improvements, dispute reduction and faster electronic communication.
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