Arkieva is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions. 

What makes Arkieva a Visionary?

At the core, it comes back to our customers and our years of industry experience.  Arkieva’s mission for nearly 30 years has been to help our customers drive real business value with better Supply Chain Planning.

“When we think about how to make our customers successful, our approach has been to look at multiple horizons. In the short term, solving the biggest business pain points is critical to adding value. In the long term, it is about anticipating our customers’ needs and building a roadmap on how to get them there.

That long-term approach to customer success and understanding of how to help customers transform their business from, what Gartner defines as Stage 1 maturity to Stage 5 maturity, is what makes Arkieva a visionary.

“This recognition from Gartner reflects the strength of the partnerships we have developed with our customers and Arkieva’s commitment to deliver long-term solutions. We are excited to continue to execute on our vision and push the boundaries that help our customers make planning a competitive advantage,” said Dhiran Singh, Executive Vice President at Arkieva.

What is Arkieva’s Vision?

Events of the past year have only accelerated the future direction of supply chains and planning. Responsive, agile, and resilient supply chains are now necessities and no longer luxuries. Dynamic market demands force executives to make quicker decisions than ever before. In order to consistently make good decisions, they need useful information to be presented in a simple way. They need to see how the decision impacts the rest of the supply chain and the business in real-time.  This paradigm is the driving force in Arkieva’s product vision, which has four key areas.

  • Integrated Solutions – A planning tool should allow a user to quantify the impact of a decision, in terms of the bottom line. If we accept this customer order, will we exceed our raw material procurement budget? Incorporating the integrated business planning (IBP) framework into Supply Chain Planning tools is the next evolution in S&OP.
  • Technological – digital transformation is the key driver in changing business models. Global users of software applications need to have access to their data at any time, any place (mobile device, laptop, tablet). To support this need, fully cloud-based business applications will be a requirement.
  • Algorithmic Automation – planning tools will have embedded expert systems and statistical engines powered by artificial intelligence. Intelligent suggestions with options will be presented to the user, whose focus will shift more to tradeoffs and decision impact.
  • User experience – Advanced tooling will not provide any value if the user does not understand how to use the tool. Embedded help and training, an alert-based control tower catered to the user, and recommended best practice process integration are part of the future.