As customers demand and expect their products “anytime/anywhere,” companies are shifting focus to implementing best in class Order Management & Fulfillment software to compliment their ERP, WMS, and TMS systems. Continue reading “OMS without BI is like a Compass without a Needle”
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