Global trade management (GTM) system purchasers must consider both current and future requirements. Identify today's needs by defining processes slotted for automation and calculating the cost of not automating them. This analysis provides both an acquisition justification and a budget. Must-have GTM functionality today includes Compliance Database, Multiple Integration Points, ABI Connectivity, Flexibility, Automation, Web-Based System, Document Warehouse and Reporting & Query Tool. Ensure the selected vendor offers 80% of the future technology contemplated and that it will integrate easily and sit on a single database. Consider Import/Export Compliance, Homeland Security and Foreign Trade Zone modules as key future acquisitions.
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