hybris, the world’s fastest-growing commerce platform provider, today announced the results of a study that it has commissioned from Forrester Consulting entitled “The Path to Commerce Service Provider Maturity”, dated May 2013. The goal of the study was to gain insight into the demands on today’s e-commerce leaders and how commerce service providers (CSP) may need to evolve to better meet their needs.
The research, which involved a quantitative survey with 156 marketing, IT & e-commerce professionals at European firms with at least $20m in online revenues (and an additional combined quantitative/qualitative survey with senior executives at 21 European CSP firms), showed that 56% of senior e-commerce decision-makers have an active relationship with a commerce service provider, whereas only 12% have historically had such a relationship, and 21% currently have no CSP connections but plan to within the next four years.
The increasing use of CSPs can be attributed to the growing complexity of commerce and the need for e-commerce businesses to serve their customers across multiple channels and multiple touchpoints according to Frank Schoutissen, Vice President Channel at hybris; “With the fast changing face of commerce, and consumers demanding ever more flexible and dynamic ways to buy, both on and offline, many businesses are finding it challenging to make their e-commerce solutions scale to meet these expectations. As such, CSPs are seen as a valuable asset to help extend the technology to meet these demands. At hybris, we have worked hard to ensure the excellence of the partners that we work with, so that our customers have a CSP that can meet their exact requirements.”
The study shows that around 90% of CSPs surveyed agreed that the demand to provide multi-channel commerce is behind the increased complexity of the projects they are delivering. Enterprises are looking across the entire business to see how to drive revenue from sales and integrate this—no-longer simply viewing e-commerce in isolation. Another driver is mobile commerce, with 59% of enterprises surveyed in the study stating that they have worked with a CSP to help support this increasingly important channel and to integrate it with the rest of the sell-side of the business.
Supporting the views of the CSPs, the Forrester study states; “Today's commerce technology projects are complex, and growing e-commerce revenues mean the bets are getting bigger. e-Commerce executives are increasingly reliant on partners to help them architect, select, implement and support their commerce technology while simultaneously seeking collaboration with strategy and customer experience.”
“While many e-commerce decision-makers see the value of working with CSPs, it is crucial that they chose the right partners. We always put our customers first and focus on the value they will get from our selection of partners and CSPs so that they can gain the maximum value from our solutions and unlock the potential they have to support complex and innovative omni-channel sales,” continued Schoutissen.
However, in its key recommendations, Forrester states; “On paper, commerce service providers have a sea of opportunity in front of them, but many lack the maturity to meet the increasingly complex demands of their clients. CSPs must find their niche, be it in retail, high tech, consumer products, healthcare, or telco. Deep industry expertise is a must for CSPs – clients demand it. Being a jack of all trades, but master of none simply won’t cut it – retailers expect deep expertise in online, store operations and supply chain while manufacturers will demand help with channels, ERP integration and field sales.”
To obtain a copy of this research paper commissioned by hybris, please visit: http://www.hybris.com/en/forrester-study
hybris helps businesses on every continent sell more goods, services and digital content through every touchpoint, channel and device. hybris delivers "OmniCommerce™": state-of-the-art master data management and unified commerce processes that give a business a single view of its customers, products and orders, and its customers a single view of the business. hybris' omni-channel software is built on a single platform, based on open standards, that is agile to support limitless innovation, efficient to drive the best TCO, and scalable and extensible to be the last commerce platform companies will ever need. The same software is available on-premise, on-demand and managed hosted, giving merchants of all sizes maximum flexibility. Over 500 companies have chosen hybris, including global B2B sites W.W.Grainger, Rexel, General Electric, Thomson Reuters and 3M as well as consumer brands Toys“R”Us, Metro, Bridgestone, P&G, Levi's, Nikon, Galeries Lafayette, Migros, Nespresso and Lufthansa. hybris has operations in 15 countries around the globe. hybris is the future of commerce™. For more information, visit www.hybris.com
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