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Throughout this series of articles, we’ve referred to the six pillars we’ve identified that underpin the intelligent supply chain.
Technology is integral to all these elements. Indeed, it’s present in just about every area of our lives. It’s effected changes in our ways of working that we couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago – and with the global pandemic, it has become even more important. In many instances, it was absolutely necessary to embed technology in all our processes to ensure business as usual.
It’s important, though, to remember that it’s not all about the tech. The technology serves the process, and the process serves the organization and its customers. With supply chains, this principle is demonstrated by the building blocks necessary for effective operations, which are:
We can broadly categorize supply chain processes into:
While the positive impact of technological advances has created huge efficiencies in enterprise-centric processes, significant challenges remain in managing the ecosystem management processes.
This is because of distributed supply chain environments across the ecosystem partners, disparate standards used in processes and communication interfaces across the ecosystem, and multiple technologies used across the ecosystem, creating challenges in data collaboration.
The technology needed to address this challenge should be able to integrate varying data, process, and technology standards used in various nodes of the supply chain ecosystem.
While in the enterprise space, technology seeks to generate efficiency through process standardization and harmonization of data standards, the technology used in managing the supply chain ecosystem seeks to address the disparity in processes and data standards.
Specialist technology types used across the supply chain ecosystem comprise:
My colleague Jörg Junghanns has written more on this topic in his article in this series.
At Capgemini, we understand the very real challenges our clients face in managing their supply chain ecosystems to deliver visibility, agility, and connectivity.
Insights obtained over the years in managing supply chain processes for our clients in varied industries and geographies have enabled us to develop a portfolio of “value tech” products that seek to address this specific challenge of our clients. These act as a bridge between the supply chain ecosystem partners of our clients and their enterprise systems.
Our “value tech” tools deliver value by enabling efficient and frictionless process flow management and partner collaboration, and by providing process visibility. Since these are meant to address the specific challenge of disparities in the ecosystem, they do not need any significant change management efforts for deployment. They are designed to adapt to changes in the supply chain ecosystem such as additions of partners to the ecosystem, making it agile and scalable.
Areas in which we have developed value tech tools include:
All these tools were developed to fill the gaps in our clients’ technology landscape and to meet specific needs – and they’ve proved to be highly useful.
They are versatile and easy to install, and are the products of the insights we have gained managing the supply chain operations of our clients over the last 15 years. They have made our clients’ supply chains frictionless, predictable, intelligent, and agile in response to ever-changing scenarios.
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