Supplier Teaming and the New Product Introduction Process

I thought Purchasing provided two interesting case studies in this article about how manufacturers are working more closely with supply chain partners as they design and bring new products to market. Historically, I don't believe that the big name sourcing and procurement software vendors and service providers -- not to mention the ERP providers -- have really understood the integration of design engineering with direct materials sourcing. And while many have strong products and practices around direct materials sourcing, few have really bridged the PLM and sourcing gap successfully. My gut tells me that the existing design guys --- or possibly new entrants in the market -- will ultimately be the ones who capture the most share and excitement with new solutions as this market opportunity grows.

Jason Busch

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