In our last post, we focused on common myths about Business Intelligence (BI) implementations in the supply chain (https://bit.ly/2nnBw5N). Today we will take a look at why bringing supply chain data into your Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) is so critical and allow you to create a competitive advantage for your organization.
Wrapping up the week, we wanted to reflect on some of the emerging technologies and interesting companies we met at ProMat 2015 in Chicago. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the 800+ vendors who exhibited at the event. Below are a few vendors that we wanted to mention because they fit into our vision of what the future looks like. In alphabetical order:
Blue Violet SystemsBlue Violet Systems is pioneering an impressive technology stack for supply chain analytics. Their technology allows companies to query video that is matched up with transactional data. The technical details aside, this is a truly innovated use of technology to offer unparalleled visibility to processes and product. Applications include use cases such as monitoring loading processes, investigating exceptions during MHE handling, and providing mobile visibility to deliveries, including deliver exceptions. Continue reading “Reflections on ProMat 2015”
In our last post, we focused on why Business Intelligence (BI) is critical to successful supply chain projects (https://bit.ly/2MxGR5C). Now we will take a look at two myths that we have seen while implementing BI and analytics as part of supply chain transformation projects at companies across industries.
Myth 1: The Reporting Will Work “Out of the Box”Often we have found that reporting and business intelligence requirements get put to the side during supply chain software implementations because, while companies understand the importance of setting up the needed visibility for managers, supervisors, and end users, the reports and dashboards are generally expected to just “work.” Many vendors sell this idea when they demo BI as an add-on to packed software solutions. However, this is a common misconception. Packaged BI solutions on the market rarely allow for a one-size-fits-all approach. Additionally, the focus, testing, and training in a supply chain implementation is often on the transactional systems (WMS, TMS, etc.) until at the last minute someone asks, “What about the reports?” It is necessary to review any packaged solutions and incorporate BI design into the design phase of the project. Identifying a BI team early in the project will ensure users have the tools required to fully use transactional systems. Also, as part of the BI design, companies can gather and collect base line metrics to help justify the ROI of projects as part of the implementation. The ultimate lesson of this myth is that each company will have specific needs that need to be identified as part of the project design. Don’t assume that your BI will “just work” out of the box. Continue reading “Myths About Business Intelligence in Supply Chain Projects”
Over the past 10 years, we have received questions from various companies across industries about why Business Intelligence (BI) can make or break large, complex supply chain implementations (e.g. including ERP, CRM, SRM, and best of breed execution systems such as WMS, TMS, and LMS). We have listed our most common answers below.
- Better visibility to make operational decisions
Genuine Parts Company Selects Agillitics as Strategic PartnerAtlanta – February 4, 2015 – Today Agillitics, LLC, announced that Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), one of Atlanta’s largest publicly traded companies, has partnered with Agillitics to develop and support GPC’s supply chain business intelligence and data analytics initiatives. Agillitics will develop capabilities and tools that leverage data to enable and optimize operations as well as improve visibility across the company’s supply chain. The work will span GPC’s warehouse management, labor management, slotting, and inventory optimization systems, and it will be implemented by multiple subsidiaries. Continue reading “Genuine Parts Company Selects Agillitics as Strategic Partner”