Vendor Choices: Know the Differences

Demand planning system vendors sell both software and implementation expertise. Many vendors have developed experience in specific market segments and offer best-practice information and forecasting engines with algorithms that are optimized for those industries. Vendors fall into two groups: best-of-breed vendors, and ERP vendors that offer an emerging class of integrated demand planning modules. Key players in this market include:

Best of Breed

  • i2Technologies Inc.: Market leader with most vertical-market modules—and most expensive offerings.

  • Manugistics Group Inc.: Offers best integration with other applications.

  • Logility Inc., Prescient Systems Inc.: Both have proven track records in consumer goods and collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment.

  • Demantra Ltd.: Has well-established offerings for distribution, media industries.

Integrated Products

  • SAP AG: Less expensive to install than best-of-breed offerings, but its technology is still evolving.

  • Oracle Corp.: Relatively new on the scene; its offerings are still maturing.

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