What it offers: CVM Supplier Central, supplier risk and performance management SaaS.
Why it's worth watching: While ERP and traditional supply chain software has been slow to move into the SaaS model, some segments are slicing off and moving more quickly to the cloud, notes Liz Herbert, a principal analyst with Forrester Research. Supply risk and performance management, a category that includes CVM as well as companies like Achilles and Aravo Solutions, is among them. ThinkStrategies' Kaplan calls out such supply chain SaaS activity as the evolution of the extranet model that sprang to life in the dotcom era. "The reality of extranets is taking shape as SaaS-based supply chain solutions," he says. "CVM is interesting in that it created a software capability that ties multiple companies together so they can track their merchandise among themselves and use the Web to make that happen," he adds.