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Re: Cloud is THE answer
t.alex   6/16/2012 3:56:56 AM

With cloud services, supply chain can main tain and close the loop faster as data are all updated in real-time. However, I can see one of the key challenges for this to work is to have all the systems to interoperate seamlessly. 'Cloud' seems to be a common/shared infrastructure but in reality, one cloud needs to talk to another cloud.

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Cloud is THE answer
prabhakar_deosthali   6/14/2012 6:06:34 AM

In my opinion Cloud is the best option for the companies who want flexibility in their IT investments and scalability in the usage of IT services by using the subscription model that these cloud services offer. and  doing away with the fear of obsolescence of the IT systems.

Cloud is created by somebody, maintained by somebody, upgraded by somebody and when you use it you get the state of art services at a fraction of the otherwise required capital cost.


Supply chain being a heterogeneous network of  manufacturers, distributors, retailers and buyers , a global cloud service is an ideal platform for it.

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Cloud is not the holy grail
Cryptoman   6/13/2012 2:02:06 PM

In the case of Lenovo, using the Cloud makes a lot of sense since they did not have a proper enterprise network. I can see the benefit they have gained in terms of reduced costs and increased efficiency in their business. I am not sure if the success Lenovo has achieved can be entirely attributed to the Cloud. They have simply used the Cloud to put their network into shape. That's all. If they already had a proper enterprise network that was up to scratch, they could still be successful without the Cloud.

In terms of automation and thereby speeding up response is a benefit that the Cloud offers. However, human intervention cannot be alleviated just because a company uses the Cloud.

I sometimes get the impression that the Cloud is used as a buzz word by companies to convince people (who do not know the Cloud but have been bombarded with the term) that they provide a fantastic service because of the Cloud. This is obviously not true. Most claims about the Cloud go no further than marketing campaigns.

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