Advanced Supply Chain Systems

A Draft Plan for the Multi-National Corporation

Misconceptions and confusion continue to multiply in the realm of Advanced Supply Chain Systems. What are they? What do they do? What can they really do? Is your organization ready? And most importantly are they implementable? Part of this confusion is real, part marketing hype and part simply a lack of buyer understanding and education. But in any case, the complexity of the situation is even further magnified by the accelerating rate of change, development and ongoing integration of these systems. About the only thing we see as certain is that successful implementation and use of Advanced Supply Chain Systems represent a real route to the next level of corporate competitive advantage.

The object of this document is threefold. Firstly, to discuss on a general level, the three types of emerging Advanced Supply Chain Systems.

Secondly, to provide some down-to-earth hard observations on cutting through to the real value currently available through these tools. And finally, a draft plan for the rapid and real world rollout of an Advanced Supply Chain System for the multinational corporation on a global basis.

As we see it, the three types of Supply Chain Systems are Tactical (Execution), Strategic (Planning) and Hybrid (Combined) Systems. From an educational perspective, understanding the appropriate uses, differences and tradeoffs between these three types, will assist practitioners in somewhat cutting through the Advanced Supply Chain Systems fog and making real and measurable progress in this critical area.

What are Advanced Supply Chain systems? An easy question, one might think, but, in fact, there can be numerous functionalities included or excluded in specific systems and again, the differences between the three types, tactical(execution), strategic(planning) and hybrid(combined) must also be taken into account.

The discussion of specific functionalities is beyond the scope of this article, however, we will discuss each of the three types mentioned above to develop an appropriate level of understanding of these systems.


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