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ASCM SCOR Digital Standard Is Essential to Supply Chain Digital Innovation


Gartner recently published a paper recommending that supply chain organizations cease using ASCM’s SCOR model. Although the team at Gartner is aware that the latest version of this tool is, in fact, the SCOR Digital Standard (SCOR-DS) they asserted that it is not designed to guide end-to-end digital advancements. Yet that is exactly what SCOR-DS is designed to do. And it represents the collective work of more than 70 subject matter experts from our global supply chain community, many representing organizations in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25.

While SCOR began decades ago as a linear progression, holistic supply chain orchestration is now center stage. The SCOR-DS is centered around two concurrent infinity loops: one enables supply chain professionals to effectively orchestrate demand; and one synchronizes a regenerative supply chain. The latest version of the SCOR-DS fully encapsulates the critical digital enablement processes and practices from ASCM 's digital capability model (DCM). This became necessary to create critical competitive advantages for today's increasingly interconnected supply chain ecosystem.

ASCM absolutely agrees with Gartner’s premise that “functional focus is a key reason we can’t get enough value from our supply chain digital investments.” But our position on the risks and rewards associated with digital investments — shaped by the collective experience of 45,000 industry professionals and the supply chain excellence journeys of more than 100 organizations — is quite different. Simply stated: The supply chain organizations that enjoy strong return on investment are those that systematically evaluate end-to-end processes, then align them with untapped potential. This, in turn, maximizes future digital capabilities and yields a critical competitive advantage.  

Response to the SCOR-DS has been overwhelmingly positive among users in all functions and fields, and we at ASCM stand firmly behind this industry-leading model. We also believe supply chain organizations can tap into the value of both Gartner’s Demand-Driven Value Network (DDVN) and the SCOR-DS, rather than being told to choose one over the other. As always, ASCM is fueled by the spirit of collaboration and remains devoted to creating stronger supply chains together. 

Please join us for an interactive webinar, Seamless Integration of SCOR Digital Standard and Gartner Global Supply Chain Strategies and Solutions, on March 7. Register today.

About the Author

Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE CEO, ASCM

Abe Eshkenazi is chief executive officer of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the largest organization for supply chain and the global pacesetter of organizational transformation, talent development and supply chain innovation. During his tenure, ASCM has significantly expanded its services to corporations, individuals and communities. Its revenue has more than doubled, and the association successfully completed three mergers in response to both heightened industry awareness and the vast and ongoing global impact driven by supply chains. Previously, Eshkenazi was the managing director of the Operations Consulting Group of American Express Tax and Business Services. He may be contacted at

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