Is Your Supply Chain Future In India?

As per this recent article in Digit Chanel Connect on Moving Up the Supply Chain, IDC India estimates the total Indian SCM solutions market will reach $132.6 Million in 2011. This might not sound like much, but, in relative terms, it’s the equivalent of a $1.6 Billion dollar market! (In 2009, the GDP of India was one twelfth of the GDP of the US.) And it’s still growing!

India’s Big 6 Consultancies are already making massive inroads into the global market. Many companies are making the SWITCH — Satyam, Wipro, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions, and HCL — and the current Big 6 Providers are being PACKED (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, CapGemini, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte & Touche) in. The major players might be SAP, Oracle, and Aspen today, but it won’t be long before the ABC Procure‘s, Algorhythm‘s, eBiz Global‘s, Griha Software Technologies‘, and Zycus‘s become the next major players in the Indian SCM space, and not much longer before those companies, and the next generation, make an even bigger impact on the global e-Sorucing and e-Procurement marketplace.

Furthermore, as Ravindra Sharma, General Manager of Ariba India, says: “With India poised for decent growth, many of the firms are proactively setting up [a] supply chain infrastructure which can help them grow rapidly and profitably. Many of these firms have global business aspirations and are benchmarking themselves with global organizations in various aspects including business processes, practices and technology“. As a result, deployment of SCM solutions is definitely increasing — and Indian companies are working hard to fill the surging demand now that Indian corporates have ‘tasted’ the efficiency of SCM solutions and now believe it to be a vital component of their business readiness plans.

In other words, while most of your technology options today will likely be US companies, or European offices with a strong US presence, it might not be long before many of the options on the table are Indian operations. But with the cloud and 24/7/365 service levels, will it really matter?

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