The rapid digitalization of supply chains is part of Industry 4.0. Much of the attention is centred on innovations like cloud computing, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and advanced analytics. This rapidly changing landscape requires companies to rethink their IT management strategies, from their purchasing strategy to how IT interacts with business processes.
Amazing New Solutions, Unexpected Obstacles
One of the authors, a supply-chain director at a multinational company, was inspired to create a digital supply chain IT solution that allowed for vendor collaboration. A SaaS cloud platform offered by a niche vendor was used to share forward material production needs. It was a great solution to the problem of managing the large amounts of planning data that are available for thousands of items from a variety of vendors.
There were many questions about the potential for improvements in staff productivity, inventory, and reactivity which fed into this business case. One challenge, however, was not expected and nearly ended the whole initiative: the company's internal IT team.
IT staff were reluctant to make a move and had valid questions. They were unfamiliar with the cloud and raised security concerns. They also worried that the small vendor, which was privately owned, might not be financially sustainable. As the project progressed, their position became less constructive. The IT team refused to help in prospecting for other vendors, despite raising concerns about the viability and ability of the potential vendor. They strongly advocated for a similar, but less performant, functionality provided by the large enterprise software provider of the company that was more expensive and less tested.
These differences were eventually overcome and the project was successfully implemented with the original vendor. All were proud to have contributed early to supply chain digitization. The initiative revealed a significant dynamic that deserves more attention. It is important that the IT roadmap for procuring and sourcing solutions to support business processes adapts to the advent supply chain digitalisation. Companies that are actively seeking to improve their capabilities will find it difficult to adopt IT management strategies that limit vendors or foster virtuous iterations among evolving business needs and possible digitalisation solutions.
The Expanding Vendor Ecosystem.
Companies that are actively seeking to improve their capabilities will find it difficult to adopt IT management strategies that limit vendors or foster virtuous iterations among evolving business needs and digitalisation solutions.
A few years back, IT purchasing functions relied on just a handful large vendors to manage their IT supply chains. SAP is the most well-known example, offering a full suite of functionalities to all companies, regardless of size. Based on the company's priorities, and its competitive advantage SAP could be supplemented with a management execution (MES) or warehouse management solution(WMS) from a niche vendor that offers an attractive product.
Anybody who has been involved in major ERP implementations will have experienced the overwhelming number of legacy applications that a system such as SAP is supposed to replace. It's often hundreds of small, niche tools that are interwoven in surprising complexity. Consolidating vendors and removing legacy complexity has many benefits. The first is that focusing on spend increases vendor penetration and gives vendors leverage when it comes to price negotiations. Companies can also influence the development priorities of vendors - instead of changing the core vendor product to meet their needs, a company could have its requirements integrated into the vendor's next core package. There are important technical considerations. There are also significant technical considerations. Fewer solution providers means fewer interfaces, servers and data incompatibility problems. This results in a lighter IT infrastructure which reduces the cost of maintaining and enhancing supply chain solutions.
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It can be very detrimental to your health. It is impossible to avoid it all, but there are ways you can reduce the effects. Do not take on too many responsibilities. Set limits for yourself and others. It is okay to say no.
To relieve stress, try:
Talking to a friend or family member.
Develop healthy habits
You can prevent problems from coming your way tomorrow if you make the right decisions today.
Brush your teeth twice daily and floss each day.
Limit your alcohol. Limit your alcohol intake to 1 drink per day.
Take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
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Keep out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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Meng suggests that you take time each day to invest in your own health.
Montgomery was able to see the benefits. Montgomery says that she has overcome health issues, is happy, and has a positive outlook. She says that her life has been forever transformed.