Supply Chain Intelligence Architectures

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Supply Chain Intelligence Architectures
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands

Just as in companies use business intelligence to improve their business performance or productivity, they can also improve their supply chain management processes through supply chain intelligence (SCI). SCI actually refers to business intelligence for supply chains. In other words, supply chain intelligence is the combination of information with intelligence so that the information obtained can be applied to improve one’s supply chain; it is the ability to access, integrate, analyze, and share supply chain information across and beyond the enterprise.
SCI provides insights into one’s supply chains dynamics, so that one can detect in which places in the supply chain the performance can be improved and in which ones the performance already is maximized.
In fact, there are four major ways or architectures in which supply chain intelligence can be achieved:
  1. The utilization of improved ERP PACKAGES THAT INCLUDE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE capabilities.
  2. The INTEGRATION OF ERP WITH BI SOFTWARE from professional software providers.
  3. The usage of WEB SERVICES, because this will help organizations to expose the functionality of existing supply chains.
  4. Selecting components from a set of supply chain vendors that together will deliver the needed capabilities. This is also referred to as a ‘BEST OF BREED’ strategy.
Whatever way is used depends on the type, capacity and preference of organizations, so that there is no 'one best way' to achieve SCI.
Source: Supply Chain Management: Processes and Types (ppt).
⇒ What do you think about the above ways to provide Supply Chain Intelligence? Which one can be best applied to what type of organization?



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