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MGI 360 Ratings: Steelwedge in Supply Chain Management NOV 30 2016

MGI 360 LogoINITIAL RATINGWe are initiating coverage of Steelwedge Software in Supply Chain Management market with an MGI360 Rating of 46 and a NEUTRAL outlook.

OPINIONSteelwedge was a visionary SaaS S&OP pioneer that still retains a respectable client portfolio and an attractive value proposition. The current management team rebranded the key offering as PlanStreaming™, but has yet to deliver appreciable growth in an increasingly competitive space. Workflow-driven collaboration and Excel-style UI are cited by clients as valuable. Newly formed partnerships (Opalytics and Zyme) indicate a forward-looking vision for the ecosystem. Recent investments to improve stability and scalability and deploy detailed supply planning capabilities reflect market expectations and should be viewed as evolutionary, not transformative.

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USE CASE: Current customers comfortable with existing functionality will continue to view Steelwedge as a solid choice. For prospects evaluating Steelwedge, domain expertise attrition and offshoring of critical implementation tasks are areas of concern.

 

COMPANY DESCRIPTIONS&OP solution provider, Steelwedge invested in revamping its data model and improving its detailed supply planning capabilities. Led by a new management team, sales for this Pleasanton firm are led from Europe, Marketing is led from Atlanta, R&D from India while its CEO & CTO reside in California. Evolving from just servicing high-tech, Steelwedge also claims a significant number CPG and industrial company clients. 

 

COMPETITORSSAP SE, JDA Software, Oracle, Logility, OM Partners, Steelwedge, Amber Road, e2open, One Network. 

 

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