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Information Technology for Supply Chain Management

CIPS 18 February 2014

It is always worth keeping up to date with some of the latest technologies, software solutions and ‘apps’ emerging on the market for Supply Chain Management – while focusing (for academic purposes) on capability, rather than particular brands! Think through the claims made, in terms of your syllabus focus on issues such as: supply chain efficiency, KPIs and performance data, information requirements, supply chain visibility and information assurance…

It is always worth keeping up to date with some of the latest technologies, software solutions and ‘apps’ emerging on the market for Supply Chain Management – while focusing (for academic purposes) on capability, rather than particular brands! Think through the claims made, in terms of your syllabus focus on issues such as: supply chain efficiency, KPIs and performance data, information requirements, supply chain visibility and information assurance…

For example, RMG Networks recently (18/2/2014) announced the launch of ‘Visual Supply Chain’: a new package of software, hardware, business apps and services ‘to improve supply chain productivity and communication. The package claims to ‘display real-time performance data that helps supply chain operations increase efficiency, motivate worker performance and deliver KPIs to the desktop, mobile device or to employee-facing digital signage for continuous process improvement. Data from multiple sources can be integrated, aggregated and synthesized to support process practices like Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, TQM and others.’

Developments in mobile technology are a particular feature of the current environment. ‘Visual Supply Chain's unique mobile capabilities allow executives and managers to monitor real-time changes in their businesses on-demand and on the go from their smart phones. From shift-level data in distribution centres to executive dashboards in manufacturing plants, Visual Supply Chain delivers customisable data alerts to decision makers helping reduce response times and increase operational efficiencies.’

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140218-911424.html

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