Overview

Structural weaknesses in existing supply chain models have highlighted the need for industry-wide reinvention. With the right strategy and support, you can reinvent your supply chain to lower costs and transform your business. Turning supply chains into intelligent, responsive workflows can enable new ways of doing business — and generate unique advantages.

The opportunity

Takeaway

Next-gen supply chains won’t just efficiently move material from here to there — they’ll underpin truly resilient, sustainable business operations.

reduction in costs with intelligent supply chains.¹
better asset utilization with transformed supply chain.²
increased demand forecast accuracy with new supply chain.²

Resilience

The core tenets of supply chain resilience

Visibility, agility and security. A supply chain is a workflow, which means that like any workflow, you can make it more intelligent. By taking an integrated approach to data and AI, you can increase real-time awareness (visibility), enhance the ability to pivot quickly (agility) and protect against threats (security).

Takeaway

A better understanding of real-time operations helps you prevent problems, respond with agility and support new business models.

Customer experience

Takeaway

The B2B organizations that replicate the B2C customer experience first will have a profound competitive advantage.

Clean data

Clean, connected data is essential

Building more resilient supply chains means intelligently designing how the many moving parts come together. Successful organizations deploy fit-for-purpose tools, including ERPs, digital twins and automation solutions. But the benefits these solutions provide are only possible if the data they run on is clean and connected.

Several yellow shoe molds
of CSCOs understand the strategic value of data.³
of business leaders view data silos as a top barrier. ⁴

Takeaway

Increased functionality and flexibility depend on creating a truly integrated data environment.

Hybrid cloud

Takeaway

A better understanding of real-time operations helps you prevent problems, respond with agility and support new business models.

Next steps

Footnotes

¹ Creating a virtual enterprise by reimagining workflows, IBM, October 2021.
² Supply chain planning: Digital transformation, IBM Institute for Business Value, 2022.
³ The resilient digital supply chain, IBM Institute for Business Value, April 2022.
⁴ Breaking Out of Data Silos—Again and Again, Dell, 25 May 2021.