Executive Briefings

Understanding the Value of Integrated Supply Chain Technology

One of the biggest opportunities to dramatically improve supply chain performance occurs when traditional supply chain functions are decomposed and reinvented as integrated business processes. Few supply chain practitioners would dispute that notion. However, when it comes to their technology strategy, too many practitioners fall back into deploying the TMS, WMS, route planning, mobile and other technological silos developed in the 1990s that don't ultimately support their vision.

The challenge facing supply chain practitioners who want to achieve breakthrough performance improvement is to understand the value and difference of "1+1=3" integrated supply chain technology.

Getting to “1+1=3” is not as simple as one supply chain application being good at passing data to another one. Instead, we are talking about how the business process would be fundamentally different or have completely new capabilities if the technology silos didn’t exist and multiple functions had been designed together in the first place. Part of the problem supply chain practitioners face is stepping out of the business process paradigms that have been dictated by technological limitations of the past. Applications on the same technology stack do not necessarily address the issue. Sometimes it takes new technologies or disruptive business practices to cause us to rethink what we have done in the past.

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The challenge facing supply chain practitioners who want to achieve breakthrough performance improvement is to understand the value and difference of "1+1=3" integrated supply chain technology.

Getting to “1+1=3” is not as simple as one supply chain application being good at passing data to another one. Instead, we are talking about how the business process would be fundamentally different or have completely new capabilities if the technology silos didn’t exist and multiple functions had been designed together in the first place. Part of the problem supply chain practitioners face is stepping out of the business process paradigms that have been dictated by technological limitations of the past. Applications on the same technology stack do not necessarily address the issue. Sometimes it takes new technologies or disruptive business practices to cause us to rethink what we have done in the past.

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