Research and Analysis
Worldlocity is naturally curious about how the world works today and how it could work better in the future. We research companies, industries, and processes and provide free content and insights in the form of blogs, infographics, presentations, white papers, whiteboard insights, videos, and other digital media. We leverage our thirty-plus years of experience in analyzing companies and industries and in designing and building software products for managing supply chains.
Our intention is not to be another supply chain analyst - of which there are many - but to focus on software and technology and how it operates, how it can be made better, and how it can drive improvement in supply chains, At the same time, we pursue topical research based on where the next curiosity leads us.
The goal of research is to first think, then understand, and then to use the understanding to compare, contrast, glean insights, wonder, and finally to think differently. Of course, this is a repeating cycle that leads to more and more insights against which decisions can be made. Below are examples of some of Worldlocity's research:
Product strategy is driven from a company's mission and vision, its competitive position in the marketplace, the stage of its development, and its capital structure and associated ability to invest. Worldlocity brings together its deep understanding of the SCM and adjacent software markets with its deep understanding of product strategy to help companies formulate a product strategy, monitor it and ensure return on investment for research and development (R&D).
The SCM software business is very diverse; whether you are a startup company, a mid-stage company, or a long-established player, determining the best product strategy can be tricky. Furthermore, there may be a significant time lag between when a strategy started and its manifestation in the marketplace, making it difficult to retrospectively determine the results of strategies put in place in previous years. This much is clear - strategies must be developed; they must be clear; they must be flexible; and they must be monitored for progress. Product strategy must also be realistic - it must be a reflection of the realities of who a company is and what it is capable of accomplishing. Product strategy flows directly from company strategy - if the company strategy is unclear, then the product strategy will be doubly unclear.
There are many common elements to product strategy; however, the product strategy for a startup may be completely different for a single-product startup company than a multi-product established player. Each company's mission and vision, its time horizon, its ability and desire to invest, and the position of its products in their lifecycle all factor into the development of a strategy. Below are some of the capabilities that Worldlocity brings to its clients.
Create a common, clear understanding of the market, sub-markets, adjacencies and where the company currently competes.
Understand the size of the market, its sub-markets, adjacencies and where the best opportunities are.
Analyze alignment, competitive position, market opportunities, architecture, to understand current position, gaps, and opportunities.
PRODUCT STRATEGY EVALUATION
Evaluate product strategy against vision, mission, short- and long-term goals, capabilities, competitive position and threats.
Optimize strategy for customer and business success based on goals of the company and constraints.
PRODUCT STRATEGY OPTIMIZATION
Investment analysis for supply chain management and retail operations software is an ongoing activity for end-user companies, software companies, and the venture capital investment community. End-user companies are continually evaluating external software for potential investment to improve their operations and to address their strategic initiatives. Venture capitalists and software companies are also looking for investment, mergers, and acquisitions. Worldlocity provides domain knowledge of the supply chain management and retail operation spaces, technical knowledge of software, knowledge of the enterprise software industry, and knowledge of how enterprise software companies operate. This unique intersection of knowledge and skills makes Worldlocity uniquely suited as an adviser for investment decisions, irrespective of your investment objectives.
Worldlocity provides investment analysis advisory services for the following situations:
EARLY STAGE INVESTMENTS
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Understand market leverage economics, competitive framework, technologies, business problem potential, and value proposition as part of the investment process.
Evaluate company strength, product strength, product strategy, architectural and problem set synergies, market position, and short and long-term potential.
For investors looking to buy SCM software companies, understand company and product strength, problem set capabilities, potential, and payback.
For companies looking to buy software, understand the market, the key players, their capabilities, evaluate them for the problems to be solved, and ability to deliver value.
Supply Chain Analysis
Supply chains need to undergo continuous improvement to drive operational efficiency while at the same time looking for strategic ways in which to address competitive threats, both existing and anticipated. Worldlocity's supply chain analysis services provide a clear picture of how your business processes are operating today; how they could operate better in the future; how much value is to be gained by getting from the current state to the future state; the solutions and a plan for delivering the value; and a payback analysis.
Worldlocity makes use of a proven process developed over thirty years and employed at more than fifty global 500 companies in multiple regions of the world. The methodology is integrated with six sigma and lean processes and includes process analysis, visioning, opportunity analysis, solution definition, and projection planning, along with a complete return-on-investment analysis. These elements are summarized below.
Create a common understanding of current business process capabilities, performance, competitive position, and comparison with best-in-class.
Create a common vision for the future down to the level of detail of business process, metrics, and organization. Understand gaps and how they will be closed.
Understand the value for delivering on the vision and the risks of not delivering on it.
Define the business process, organization, metrics, and technical solution and all costs associated with it.
PROJECT PLAN AND ROI
Create a time-phased plan for value delivery and return on investment analysis.
Worldlocity partners with universities, startups, and technology firms, such as that those focus on artificial intelligence, to build value-driving solutions leveraging new technologies. Worldlocity's deep understanding of the market, use cases, deficiencies of current solutions, and the art of the possible are very useful to pure technology-focused companies that want to drive significant value for end-use companies and to create viable long-term businesses.