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MGI 360 Ratings: Tools Group in Supply Chain Management FEB 15 2017

MGI 360 LogoINITIAL RATING: We are initiating coverage of ToolsGroup in the Supply Chain Management market with an MGI360 Rating of 58 and a POSITIVE outlook.

OPINION: ToolsGroup's probabilistic long-tail planning and machine learning capabilities separate it from its peers. Clients report ability to realize benefits from Service Optimizer 99+ product line with a fraction of resources vs using competing solutions. The solution delivers on a vision to transform point and click reactive planners into proactive operators making business outcome decisions and automating non-value added steps. ToolsGroup's management team is a seasoned mix of supply chain innovators and global market operators. With direct sales offices in 10+ regions and partners in 20+ more, the firm has been effective in building a global channel reach in key geographic markets. Clients cite ToolsGroup’s localized and knowledgeable implementation staff as differentiators.


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USE CASE: The ideal ToolsGroup use case: global make-to-stock or distribution-intensive enterprises with a focus on supply chain efficiency. 


COMPANY DESCRIPTION: Once operating in the shadow of SAP and JDA, privately held ToolsGroup is approaching critical mass, with dozens of client successes and a broadly distributed, knowledgeable sales force. The ToolsGroup single-data model and modular solution approach has enabled them to deploy a solution footprint with minimal internal integration effort and limited technical overhead. The product is currently offered as a single-tenant hosted cloud offering. ToolsGroup is investing in next generation planning techniques and partnerships.


COMPETITORS: SAP SE, JDA Software, Oracle, Logility, OM Partners, Steelwedge, Amber Road, e2open, One Network. 



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