IDC Manufacturing Insights Launches Manufacturing Commerce Strategies Research Advisory Service

Framingham, MA – February 28, 2014 – Today, IDC Manufacturing Insights launched the Manufacturing Commerce Strategies Research Advisory Service to examine the key trends, technologies and best practices in eProcurement, B2B integration, commerce networks, and supplier and customer relationships. In today's global environment, manufacturing companies are increasingly looking to enhance business value through more effective sourcing strategies, improved supplier management, and enhanced customer relationships. The new service will offer forward-looking research, combined with fact-based analysis of successful global B2B commerce strategies and provide practical ways to better manage sourcing risks, improve supplier management, and enhance the customer experience for channel partners.

Lead by IDC Manufacturing Insights Research Manager, Heather Ashton, the Manufacturing Commerce Strategiesadvisory service develops unique analysis through focused primary and secondary research projects, along with ongoing communications with industry experts, manufacturing executives, and practitioners, as well as IT product and service vendors. To ensure relevance, IDC Manufacturing Insights analysts work with industry insiders to identify and prioritize specific topics that are covered in research reports.

Throughout the year, the Manufacturing Commerce Strategies service will address the following topics:

Trends and predictions for global sourcing, B2B commerce, and commerce networks.

Current and emerging B2B commerce software providers and their strategies

Business, organizational, and infrastructure priorities for each geographic region

Best practices surrounding supplier relationships, partner relationships, and customer relationships

Global strategies for B2B commerce and how to balance risks and benefits

Emerging technologies to support eProcurement, B2B commerce, and channel management

To learn more about this new service, please visit the Manufacturing Commerce Strategies Program site.

For additional information about this new service or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Heather Ashton, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact; reporters should

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