Supply-chain digitalization has undoubtedly become successful with highly coordinated operations, data-based decision-making strategies, cost optimization, improved efficiency, and proactive customer experience. Supply chain transformation has brought about greater visibility into the supply chain network.
According to the Statista report of 2019, the global Supply Chain Management (SCM) software services are predicted to reach a revenue of $8.5 billion by the year 2022 . With better technology solutions that have evolved, businesses can make improvements in supply-chain performance.
Digital Transformation can help businesses overcome challenges that their supply chain faces. The current set of challenges faced are as follows:
In this digital era, businesses must focus on implementing a new model for operations. The operating model must shed light on the following three key areas:
It is thus important for businesses to respond to these challenges and improve on the capabilities of three major elements—workforce, management, and the IT infrastructure. This is crucial to reshape the business structure and bring in the next-generation model for digitally transforming the supply chain.
Successful leaders can show how to realign your current supply chain operating model through effective guidelines. They are as follows:
The process of centralization helps in optimizing and streamlining the flow of volumes across geographies. Businesses can now bundle their resources and build centers of excellence by introducing advanced analytics.
Specialization of supply-chain processes, be it inventory management or requirement analysis, overspecialization is not the perfect solution to optimize workflows and operations. Instead, it is efficient to bundle responsibility of all processes involved in the supply chain throughout, in cross-functional teams. This ensures an end-to-end responsibility among the entire supply chain and results in optimized costs, inventories, and services.
Applying a zero-based approach helps to accurately assess the required structures and competencies for the business. Consistent business effectiveness requires minimized organizational components initially, which can further be expanded to add value that will add more value to the company.
Digital supply chain innovations are subjected to flexibility testing in pilot projects. This requires faster decisions and release processes made. Considering the business cases and associated risks assessments, it is crucial to implement agile principles for progress as well as decision making for whether to continue with the project or abort it.
Capabilities and various roles should be aligned to new technology requirements and processes. Businesses can take up partnerships to create best-suited solutions, thereby allowing internal resources to focus on their core competencies, such as development and deployment of software for products and services, etc.
The above guidelines will help businesses transform into an efficient next-generation operating model, to obtain a competitive edge of digital transformation. To learn more about how the next-generation operating model increases ROI and productivity, stay tuned to our latest blogs.
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