Nucleus Research’s 2021 Control Tower Value Matrix Shows Increased Demand for Supply Chain Software Solutions Among SMBs

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Supply chain issues continue to be central to the operational challenges of 2021. As a result, organizations of all sizes have found more value in end-to-end Control Tower solutions that leverage an abundance of real time data sources to impart resilience across the entire supply chain, according to Nucleus Research’s Control Tower Value Matrix 2021.

Nucleus defines a Control Tower solution as software that connects customer and partner operations to provide extended visibility of a user’s supply chain with informed situation planning and adaptive execution capabilities.

The annual assessment of Control Tower Technology Solutions from Nucleus Research, the leading provider of ROI-based analysis of technology services and solutions, lists Blue Yonder, E2open, Infor, Kinaxis, and One Network Enterprises as leaders.

“With the SaaS market trending toward a platform approach, there has been increased consolidation within the supply chain solutions space,” said Research Manager Isaac Gould. “Vendors are acquiring complementary solutions to develop holistic platforms with the functionality to manage customers’ entire supply chains, from planning to last-mile delivery.”

Nucleus has identified four primary ways in which Control Tower vendors differentiate their solutions to drive speed and accuracy in predicting and responding to disruptions: network scale, tailored geographic and industry focus, IoT-enabled granular sensing and digital twins, and automated optimization of supply and demand matching with Machine Learning (ML) algorithms.

To create the 2021 Control Tower Solutions Value Matrix, Nucleus Research evaluated vendors based on their ability to deliver value to customers through the functionality and usability of its Control Tower solution providing a snapshot of the market. The Value Matrix also shows the direction vendors are heading relative to the general market-based expectations regarding developing new or improved features.

To download the full 2021 Control Tower Value Matrix, click here.

About Nucleus Research

Nucleus Research is a global provider of investigative, case-based technology research and advisory services. The company’s ROI-focused research approach provides unique insight into the actual results technology solutions deliver, allowing organizations to cut through marketing hype to understand real operational value and select or renew the best technology solution for their environment. For more information, visit


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