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Business Strategy: Business Drivers and Process Improvement Imperatives in the Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Supply Chain Management Market, 2011–2012

16 Pages IDC SKU: IDC6789633

This Manufacturing Insights report presents the latest survey results from the IDC Manufacturing Insights and IT Priorities Survey carried out in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) or APEJ in 2011. Findings show that APEJ manufacturers are looking to improve supply chain responsiveness, which they perceive as a competitive advantage in gaining market share amid the market volatility experienced by the manufacturers as a result of the economic uncertainty and the string of natural disasters that hit the region.

According to Dr. William Lee, senior research manager, IDC Manufacturing Insights Asia/Pacific, "Increasing labor costs in the region, coupled with a decrease in available skilled workforce willing to engage in manufacturing activities will be have more emphasis on process standardization and automation. Integration of current enterprise applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), product life-cycle management (PLM), customer relationship management (CRM), and storage resource management (SRM) into a single integrated platform is necessary to enable the sharing of information across the supply chain. With the deployment of mobile and telematics technologies to connect and engage the workforce, companies can enable faster decision to action for greater responsiveness to market demand.


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