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This IDC Manufacturing Insights report looks at the progression of commerce networks for manufacturers from traditional, point-to-point communications to collaborative commerce networks that support many-to-many interactions among manufacturers and their trading partners. This report establishes the context for commerce networks in manufacturing companies' procurement and sourcing efforts and offers essential guidance for moving through the phases of commerce network participation.
"The purpose of this report is to help manufacturers understand what has changed with commerce networks in the past 15 years and why now is the right time to increase participation in these networks," says Heather Ashton, research manager, Manufacturing Commerce Strategies for IDC Manufacturing Insights. "The rise of the 3rd Platform technologies, namely cloud, mobile, social, and big data analytics, has created the optimal environment for truly collaborative commerce networks to develop. Manufacturers can use this report to assess their current level of participation in commerce networks and understand the necessary steps to progress toward enabled and collaborative commerce network involvement."
IDC Manufacturing Insights: Manufacturing Commerce Strategies , IDC Manufacturing Insights: Service Innovation and Connected Products Strategies