In a previous September 2015 commentary, Supply Chain Matters observed that with today’s ever increasing clock-speed and rate of change within businesses, there should be little question that the overall planning, execution and synchronization of supply chain operational processes has become far more complex and demanding. Industry changes are constant, customers are more demanding and risk or disruption within the supply chain is a consistant   threat.

Timely decision-making is more than ever predicated on the most up-to-date information, and most importantly, informed insights as to what is occurring and what will likely occur across the supply chain. The latter implies decision-making supported by analytics.

In many industry settings, particularly those with SAP backbones, supply chain teams must turn to their IT support teams to harvest timely business intelligence and/or analytics related to the pulse of the supply chain. Operational professionals have to define what they believe they need in terms of operational insights, explain the requirement to their IT partners, wait for themto actually get around to creating these custom inquiries and reports, only to then discover that this process of information mining contains multiple iterative passes. This can consume  significant periods of time, not only for the operational teams themselves, but also IT.  This is time that can be better invested in strategic and tactical needs.

The bottom line is that many industry supply chain teams strive to obtain “self-service” insights as well as analytics, but the path is confusing with its own set of obstacles.

Business transformation expert Sean Culey has penned an eBook for Every Angle Software.  This author had the opportunity to read this document and I can recommend its reading, especially for operational and supply chain teams dealing with SAP ERP backbones.

This paper addresses 6 ways that self-service analytics can help empower a more agile enterprise. Benefits explained in the book include the ability to save time, allowing the business user to become more empowered, close gaps between strategy and execution and boost employee engagement and organizational innovation.

Some of the insights that resonated with this Editor were the need to know not only about what has happened, but also to understand how and why it happened. Further was the ability to break down organizational silos and develop small, integrated teams that foster increased trust and more informed decision-making. Another insight that Supply Chain Matters recognizes is that different customers require different levels of value and thus supply chain segmentation supported by more agile decision-making is an ever more important capability for companies to acquire.

Our readers can download this complimentary white paper at this web link

Bob Ferrari

Disclosure: Every Angle Software is one of other sponsors of the Supply Chain Matters blog.

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