Supply Chain

Gain new visibility into risks and opportunities

Digital business is changing business models – and how we conduct business. It is both connecting and blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds. It is changing how businesses communicate, transact and interact with customers, suppliers and partners. And it is accelerating the pace of business, in a world already operating 24/7.

How do businesses not just keep pace – but stay ahead of the competition in this environment? How do they adapt to, and exceed, ever-evolving global customer demands and expectations? How do they weather increasing volatility and risks?

Their ability to do so is largely dependent on their supply chain.

As much as 65 percent of the value of a company’s products or services is derived from suppliers. Suppliers and the supply chain impact everything from the quality, delivery and costs of a business’s products and services, to customer service and satisfaction, and ultimately profitability.

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Supply chain leaders are tasked with continually ensuring the quality, delivery and availability of supply – while controlling costs. They must monitor and mitigate an array of potential supply disruptions – including both common events, such as weather, delivery delays and quality defects, as well as major events such as political unrest, natural disasters and the financial instability of suppliers. They must also safeguard the brand, ensuring suppliers and product components live up to customers’ expectations and social values. Today’s expectations are that inbound supply needs to be just as focused on customer experience, personalization and client delivery as the outbound side of the equation.

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And in an era where innovation can mean the difference between success and stagnation, supply chain leaders are increasingly being called upon to collaborate with suppliers to foster greater efficiency and innovation.

Lack of visibility and transparency is the greatest hurdle in achieving the supply Chain organization’s objectives. Most organizations lack transparency into critical links in supply chain processes – as well as the visibility needed to better predict and prevent disruptions and inventory imbalance. This largely stems from an inability to corral and make sense of an overwhelming amount of data scattered across different processes, sources and systems.

Supply chain organizations also are struggling to keep pace with change, both technological advances and the changes that the digital age is bringing to industries and markets. Under these pressures, they lag in elevating their personnel and empowering them with the knowledge, data and capabilities needed to succeed.

Supply Chain Optimization Solutions

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IBM Supply Chain Insights

Leverage cognitive technology, trained in supply chain, to provide comprehensive search, visibility and insights across the entire supply chain. With Supply Chain Insights, organizations can predict, assess and mitigate disruptions and risks and optimize the supply chain to deliver greater value to the business.

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IBM Supply Chain Business Network (SCBN) 

IBM Supply Chain Business Network provides a single, flexible B2B platform that supports most communication protocols, helps secure your B2B network and data and achieve high availability operations. 

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 IBM Order Management

Order management solutions provide real-time global inventory visibility, sophisticated sourcing and fulfillment logic across all channels, and intelligent linking of inventory to demand.

Related Solutions

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 IBM Supply Chain Business Network Premium

Helps you manage your B2B processes, connecting with your trading partners to automate and digitize B2B document flows, and leveraging cognitive document correlation technologies to provide deep visibility into B2B transaction life cycles.

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 IBM Supply Chain Business Network Visibility

Provides visibility into your supply chain B2B transactions, from technical track and trace through to AI-powered business visibility and insight.