In over a decade of covering the enterprise application space, I’ve repeatedly lauded and advised vertical focus (i.e., someone’s proven expertise in some particular industry and market segment), but not that much vertical integration per se. My beliefs were recently confirmed by what I learned while pursuing my APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) title.
Namely, Module One of the
wireless network supplies
in some companies (e.g., wireless phone companies may still purchase [although not manufacture] the phones, stock them at retail outlets, sell them, provide coverage, and handle warranty service), this business model has generally gone out of fashion as corporations became vaster in scale and global supply chains became quite a bit longer. It is indeed difficult for one corporation to garner the expertise needed to excel in all elements of the supply chain. Thus, corporations in West Europe and North Amer