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FAQ - Critical Capabilities for MES

Gartner 12 Feb 2019 01:56

On February 11, 2019 Gartner published the first release of the Critical Capabilities for Manufacturing Execution Systems.  While the MES vendor and practitioner community is generally familiar with the Gartner Magic Quadrant, the Critical Capabilities document is foreign to this space.  We’ll answer some frequently asked questions

OK, so what’s the difference between an MQ and Critical Capabilities?

Gartner initiated a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Magic Quadrant (MQ) research project in 2017. The MES MQ, is often mistakenly considered a review of MES products alone, it is really an evaluation of the MES market and the leading MES vendors in that market. While MES product is an important consideration it is not the only one and evaluation of factors like global scope, sales and marketing track records, customer satisfaction, operations, vendor viability and others contribute to a vendors placement on the MQ.  The MES Critical Capabilities report focuses on the MES products.  In some ways, it levels the playing field.  Each product is evaluated on its own merits.  The fact that an MES product may be a component of a larger end-to-end platform is not a consideration of the Critical Capabilities document, except where integration is the critical capability.

How are these products rated?

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