The Oracle Live: Cloud Applications event highlighted the supply chain function due in part to the extensive supply chain disruptions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. A key premise, global supply chains have depended on a certain level of predictability that is no longer available. This requires a multidimensional value framework that places increased emphasis on supply alternatives, risk exposure, tariffs, and channel complexity.
I have recently completed a market study and supplier selection guide on the Transportation Management Systems (TMS) market. A TMS helps companies move freight from origin to destination efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively. Transportation management systems include 2 types of solutions. Planning and execution is focused on freight moves involving a carrier. The complete process would […]
Consumer and enterprise software has gone through a significant evolution over the last five years. Consumers have reached a point where software as a service (SaaS) has become an imperceptible norm. One might assume designing a SaaS-based WMS is as simple as taking a legacy WMS, deploying it in a public cloud, wrapping it up with managed services, and re-branding the offering as SaaS WMS. But to truly understand the benefits of being a cloud-native WMS, we have to look a little deeper. There are four key considerations enterprises need to evaluate when selecting a cloud WMS solution.
There are twenty things companies need to know if they are contemplating a digital supply chain transformation. One thing that is very important, is that they learn about a new set of solutions called Supply Chain Collaboration Networks.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is cool again. Not all EDI, just EDI based on value added networks (VANs). The reason? More and more companies are engaging in digital transformations. In many companies supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing, where there are digital black holes.
JDA Software introduced a robust new control tower solution at their user conference. This SaaS based solution provides real-time visibility to shipments, orders at risk of not being fulfilled, and several other supply chain issues. More importantly it is visibility and remediation. It is worth noting, that being able to tap into the supply chain plans provides a much richer predictive capability than control towers that only use execution data.
Today, so many exciting things are going on in the cloud software world that my bet is we will see very large improvements in the way things are done driven by higher productivity and innovation. The difficulty in perceiving this now is that there is no thing to “see” with this software.