Tag: digital supply chain

Supply Chain Situational Awareness: Project Approaches to Unlocking Value

As companies look to achieve live supply chain situational awareness (SCSA), three project approaches to deliver a solution and business value are emerging: In-house project approach – Best of breed solutions and partners for a project managed internally Led by IT team with support from line of business users Requires heavy system integration Multi-vendor approach for core capabilities Outsourced project approach – Vendor managed services program Led by 4PL, consulting group, or system integrator Little…
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Big Data, the Pandemic, and Supply Chain Evolution

In a room with the faint odor of formaldehyde, your biology teacher has “Punctuated Equilibrium” underlined on the chalkboard and begins drawing branching charts jotting down a few bullet point call outs at the splits as they describe what really drives changes and innovation in supply chain operations: massive selection pressure from external events. Wait, what? As a reminder to those of us who’s biology classes are now a distant memory, in a nutshell, punctuated…
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Now is the Time for a Supply Chain Digital Transformation

As we’ve all adjusted and started to get a feel for how business will operate, a few enterprises are overcoming their initial knee jerk reactions to the pandemic and are examining the fundamentals that need to be in place as the ingredients for creating a resilient supply chain and logistics operation in light of the outside context problem presented by the pandemic. However, at the same time, most leaders seem determined to set the goalposts…
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The Proactive Supply Chain and Outside Context Problems

When confronting the impossibility of being unable to plan for an event that we don’t know could happen, the answer must be to have systems and processes in place that allow us to respond to a rapidly changing landscape and ‘get to the left’ of a disruption, keeping good options on the table for longer. In critically acclaimed author Iain M. Banks Culture series, a far future, post scarcity, interstellar civilization has turned all their…
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Digital Supply Chain Transformation – Three Proven Use Cases

Business leaders are aggressively investing in Digital Transformation initiatives to further automate and streamline global operations.  Industry hype has translated into practical solution deployments focused on delivering improved customer experience, revenue, cost and cash outcomes to the business. With companies committed to digitally transforming their operations, we find organizational approaches spanning broad transformation (i.e. digitizing order-to-cash insights) to narrow transactional focused projects (i.e. track and trace of shipments and purchase order insights).  In both cases,…
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