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    Using the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ to Select Your Warehouse Management Systems – Our Opinion

    Posted by: Bill Denbigh | October 11, 2023

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    The right vendor for your warehouse management system (WMS) project is not necessarily the biggest one out there, nor the smallest. Instead, it might be one that is just right, striking the perfect balance of capabilities and innovation.   

    Understanding the Gartner Magic Quadrant 

    “A Gartner Magic Quadrant is a culmination of research in a specific market, giving you a wide-angle view of the relative positions of the market’s competitors.”1

    “By applying a graphical treatment and a uniform set of evaluation criteria, a Magic Quadrant helps you quickly ascertain how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and how well they are performing against Gartner’s market view.”1 

    “Use a Gartner Magic Quadrant as a first step to understanding the technology providers you might consider for a specific investment opportunity. Keep in mind that focusing on the Leaders’ Quadrant isn’t always the best course of action. There are good reasons to consider market challengers. And a Niche Player may support your needs better than a market leader. It all depends on how the provider aligns with your business goals.”1

    In the context of the Magic Quadrant, vendors are placed in one of four quadrants: Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players, based on their ability to execute and completeness of vision. 

    “Leaders execute well against their current visions and are well positioned for tomorrow, whereas Visionaries understand where the market is going, but do not yet execute well. Niche Players focus successfully on a small segment or are unfocused and do not out-innovate or outperform others. Challengers execute well today or may dominate a large segment, but do not demonstrate an understanding of market direction.”1

    Tecsys was positioned as a Challenger in the 2023 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems.

    The largest vendors might seem like the safest choice. These vendors, often giants in the industry, offer extensive capabilities and resources. However, that may mean that there is a disconnect from the unique needs of your specific industry or business.  On the other hand, smaller providers might offer highly specialized services, but could lack the resources for rapid adaptation, agility to support changes in your process or provide scalability as you grow. 

    In our view, this is where Challenger WMS vendors come in.


    The 'Just Right' Solution

    Our view is that these vendors tend to have a healthy balance of a strong financial balance sheet, established market presence, robust product capabilities and focused innovation. They often have enough resources to meet the changing demands of supply chain operations and maintain strong customer service. 

    Let’s look at key areas why we believe Tecsys is recognized and why this type of vendor might be the perfect fit for your WMS needs: 

    1. Innovation and Agility: They often demonstrate more agility and innovation, reacting swiftly to market changes and customer feedback. 
    2. Focused Attention: More agile than larger vendors, these vendors can offer a more personalized, focused customer service, allowing them to better understand and accommodate your unique business and technical needs. 
    3. Scalability: They usually provide solutions that are flexible and scalable, accommodating both present requirements and future growth. 
    4. Competitive Pricing: While it varies, these vendors can sometimes offer more competitive pricing, providing better value for money. 

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    Making the ‘Just Right’ Choice 

    Assessing the financial stability and longer-term vision of a vendor is an important element of picking the right software solution. Some smaller players might be over-leveraged, backed by venture capital or private equity, or targets for acquisition.  In the world of SaaS WMS software, where if your WMS software vendor runs out of capital and closes shop, your warehouse software and database go with it.  

    Final Thoughts 

    To be clear, this is not to say that the larger vendors or smaller providers do not have their own advantages. Indeed, your selection should be based on an in-depth understanding of your specific needs, strategic objectives and budget. 

    However, limiting your selection to just the market leaders could mean you're missing out on potential fits that are 'just right.' 

    1 Gartner, Gartner Magic Quadrant, as of September 09,2023.

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