Expertise and integration: how to increase your supply chain efficiency
Solving supply chain fragmentation: the path to take
Ever since he was a manufacturing professional, Tom put supply chain integration as his number 1 priority. His main goal was to achieve a complete transformation of the factories, bringing them to a connected and linear supply chain. « The word ‘chain’ has an implicit meaning of a line of intertwined chain links. To make such chains stronger you need to focus on the weak links” adds Tom. Still, sometimes this is not enough.
“When you address the specific gaps but still see the whole chain not working, this is when you realise that only strengthening the weakest link is not enough. Customers today need to identify what they want, when they want it and where they want it. To do so, they need functional and integrated systems that competent people can use to manage processes in an efficient way” states Tom.
Hence the concept of a solution enabling a connected supply chain by providing its professionals with a clear visibility on where to focus their efforts, is so important. Industry 4.0 is plagued today with time-wasting by continuing to rely on a paper-based processes, as well as continued use of applications like Excel. “Throughout my career I found a lot of digital ecosystems to be highly fragmented. Manual approaches are expensive, often generating errors and a lot of effort”.
Workflow fragmentation and a piece-meal approach to digitalisation is one of the biggest challenges of manufacturing companies today. The multiple tools and software they tend to use often become a source of dispersion, causing the weakening of such processes themselves. And here comes the paradox: companies delaying decisions on centralising processes and tools fearing a waste of time and money, while on the other hand, continuing to waste effort and resources to expand the use of tools that are inherently difficult and costly to scale.
“Highly integrated factory management tools can empower and strengthen the chain” says Tom. And that is why Digitalsoft has created d-one, a natively integrated solution providing manufacturing companies with a complete set of modules and applications that are connected end-to-end. Allowing companies to manage it all in one place. Moreover, thanks to its modularity and integration capabilities, d-one is scalable and adaptable to companies’ specific needs: “no need to create a revolution. You’ll be able to address your companies’ urgent challenges while implementing the perfect design for your integrated supply chain, a chain that is strong enough to be responsive and efficient”.