"This deal, if consummated, provides significant implications for both management of the combined companies and for the supply chain best-of-breed technology market as a whole," wrote analyst Bob Ferrari of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group on his Supply Chain Matters blog Thursday. "In today's new normal of highly dynamic global supply chains, where time is ever more critical, supply chain planning and execution processes have been compelled to morph as one contiguous process. This announcement is a significant testimonial to that trend."
The pending merger is "going to up the stakes for the rest of the [supply-chain] players, especially the smaller ones that remain," Ferrari said in an interview Thursday.
"Putting these two companies together is not going to be an easy feat," Ferrari added. "These are two very interesting companies, and each have some innovation to offer."
How development teams are combined and product road maps are affect both have "big question marks" on them right now, he said. Both customer bases should "sit tight and wait to see what comes about," Ferrari said.
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