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The Changing Role of Software in the Supply Chain

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/18/2013 11:22:15 PM
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WaqasAltaf

I agree with you that the manufacturer is the one who needs the SCM to have better control over the movement of goods. 

My point was that an ideal SCM needs to have hooks to bridge the host  systems of the  Supply chain partners. and this is a challenge for the SCM vendors.



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WaqasAltaf   1/18/2013 2:31:01 AM
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@ prabharkar

The manufacturer is the one who is most concerned about its product getting handled well in the supply chain. Due to this, the manufacturer often deploys staff for monitoring the products after they leave the manufacturer's warehouse and that monitoring cannot be achieved if a SCM system is not in place and if in place, isn't functioning upto its potential. Such systems become a necessity esp. if there is a large number of product units involved and all going through different supply chain partners to the end-user.

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WaqasAltaf   1/18/2013 2:25:11 AM
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@ t.alex

Comparing excel sheet to a specialist SCM software is not the right thing to do however you are correct in the sense that smaller firms that cannot afford deploying such a system have to rely on the spreadsheets until they save enough for the investment. The integration of data captured in the various business processes is something which a SCM software can do and excel spreadsheet cannot.

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Bolaji Ojo   1/17/2013 5:58:53 PM
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Astute observation. Finding a supply chain management system that seamlessly links every company in a manufacturer's supply chain is difficult but it is still what companies aim for because it can help. That's the rather odd problem firms face.

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Cryptoman   1/17/2013 10:56:47 AM
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Distributors do lose track of design wins easily due to the way the OEMs work as mentioned in this article. I have come across a very clever cloud softwware based tool offered by DigKey that tries to get around this problem.

This 'free' online schematics tool helps designers to put circuits together using parts offered by DigiKey (how convenietn!). This tool is called Scheme-It. It is very easy to use and while drawing your circuit you are able to instantiate the components from real parts available in DigiKey's inventory. You need to register to use this service effectively and to be able to save your designs in DigiKey's cloud.

DigiKey's approach is very clever indeed. It makes a designer's life easy by not only offering a free schematics tool but also by being able to order the parts on the "Bill Of Materlais" (BOM) list before the ink of the schematics has dried! With the help of this tool, DigiKey is able to track who is doing what and what parts are ordered by which customer etc. It can even track the evolution of a design from prototype to production.

There are similar free tools to this which also offer multiple distributors that help you search for specific parts in your design.

 

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/17/2013 5:30:43 AM
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The supply chain management is a work of heterogeneous organizations  the manufacturer, the distributor , the retailer, the logistic company, the transporter and so on. Though they all become part of the supply chain their individual systems are likely to be totally different from each others.

A supply chain management solution which can integrate seamlessly with each of the partnership systems is difficult to achieve.

 

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SaaS on cloud
t.alex   1/16/2013 8:41:29 PM
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With the rise of cloud platforms, the cost of hosting supply chain software will  become significant lower and lower in the near future. Not only big companies but also smaller companies can then make use of the service (perhaps free of charge with some limit). Until then "Excel" spreadsheet model will all give way to the cloud-based platform. 



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