A comparative analysis of information visibility in two supply chain management information systems

Suparna Goswami, Tobias Engel, Helmut Krcmar

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Purpose: Coordination in supply chains and networks calls for information sharing among the members of the supply chain. Accordingly, information visibility - the availability of relevant information for making supply chain related decisions is an important concept in the context of supply chain management. The purpose of this paper is to identify the different dimensions of information visibility and propose a framework based on these information visibility dimensions. The proposed framework can be used to evaluate supply chain information systems (SCIS) and their contribution towards information visibility in supply chains. Design/methodology/approach: Using the proposed framework, we compare two different SCIS (SAP APO and SupplyOn) to assess the extent to which these systems meet the information visibility needs within supply chains and networks. In order to carry out the comparison, data regarding the two systems in collected using multiple methods such as from system documentations, training sessions, interviews with experts and systems engineers. Findings: The findings indicate that both systems perform well in terms of supporting information visibility, however they serve different purposes within supply chains and networks. Based on the findings, the authors discuss the role of different types of SCIS depending on the characteristics of adopting firms and their supply chains, and how the use of these different systems can complement each other. The research and practical implications of this study are discussed in the overall context of supply chain management. Originality/value: The framework can be used by organizations to assess the extent to which relevant information is accessible within their supply chains and to select from various SCIS solutions that are available. This research advances understanding on ways of achieving information visibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-294
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Enterprise Information Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Information sharing
  • Information systems
  • Information visibility
  • SAP advanced planning and optimization
  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain management information systems
  • SupplyOn


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