Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Responses to the 2nd comment I received on my blog


Apologies for not blogging for a week. I am a member of Linkedin and decided to spread the word on my blog a few days ago. As a result I received some new readers and one interesting comment. I have copied and pasted below as the comments are hidden under each post.

Here's the comment:

"you should educate yourself on the difference between ERP companies and Best of Breed 3rd party companies... ERP companies get the most attention as they have the most money and the larger number of customers, but often their solutions lack depth and real direction as they tend to focus on broad strokes versus focused speciality. In the world of global trade software, speciality and realtime knowledge of what is going on in the marketplace is as yet not the domain of ERP providers, although their marketing people will say otherwise.

GTM and TMS applications are merging for sure, but what impact do you think the current credit crunch will have on Global Trade and outsourcing?"

First of all I would like to thank the reader for the comment.

Here is my response: When you refer to Best of Breed 3rd party companies I think you are referring to the first movers in the Trade Compliance applications space who have built a good amount of expertise in the space. While ERP companies, i.e. the big vendors, may be relative newcomers to the space, as you rightly pointed out, they do have more money. In addition to the money they have more experience building scalable software for large enterprises (read fortune 500). I do believe the ERP companies have a slight edge on the architecture side. I can't comment on functionality as I have worked mostly with a Best of Breed provider of Trade Compliance software. If the ERP companies are really behind in terms of functionality/data content I do think the business users will force them to quickly come up to speed. If they don't they will switch to Best of Breed companies. As we all know Trade Compliance users are a demanding lot :). It will be an interesting race to watch.

What will be the impact of credit crunch on Global Trade and outsourcing? Well I want to throw out a disclaimer before I put out my thoughts. I am not an economist or banker so take my prediction with a grain of salt as they may not turn out be true. I think the credit crunch will make credit more expensive and more difficult to find. So long as there are customers who are willing to absorb the higher costs or the seller finds smarter ways to keep the sales price down I don't think global trade will be impacted. If customers are too scared/worried to buy perhaps global trade will be impacted in the short term.



Anonymous said...

Who offers a solution that provides the "depth and real direction" direction that you mention. What common features do they all offer?

DPL Screens?
FTZ and Maquila flexibillity?
Duty Drawback?
10+2... do we really know yet how this will actually be dealt wuith?

Anyways, I would appreciate your 2¢on whose solution is best or, my thought is the best solution is the one that meets the needs of the organization and therefore, it depends, yet these are the "best of Breed" for these matters.



No GMAIL so it's anonomyous I guess

Anonymous said...

I have a similar question, perhaps worthy of a post on your part:

What IT solutions do you see as TC specific? What are the core IT items that a TC software package should have?

Both in terms of data interchange with USC/BIS and Co and also internal.

For background, I am a Lic. Customs Broker working in logistics/compliance. ( for the last few months. Working on becoming a compliance expert, not there yet. ) I'm interested in your $.02 on the above.


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