Security issues are continuing to hamper European companies' adoption of Internet-based supply chain management.
According to research from IDC, users remain to be convinced that they can put sufficient security measures in place before opening up corporate systems to members of their supply chain.
Another issue, IDC suggested, is that larger supply chain management buyers in Europe have had to deal with a large amount of smaller organisations in the supply chain that are prepared to use electronic data interchange (EDI) as their main business channel, but prefer not to use the Internet.
Their reluctance is based on their perception that the Internet remains insecure.
While supply chain service providers are keen to work on Internet-based supply chain management, they have had to respect buyer reluctance.
Eventually, as security concerns diminish and supply chain management via the Internet takes off, the major concerns might come from service providers themselves who may not have enough staff resources to meet demand the survey suggested.