Recently, Business Week (Apr 20, 2009) recognized IBM as the 6th most innovative company in the world. IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative was a key reason why:
Positioning itself for the future, IBM is focusing on the “Smart Planet”—how sensors, data analysis, computers, and networks can all be joined to improve the performance of everything from transportation systems to electrical grids.
Improving the supply chain is an important part of the Smarter Planet initiative. IBM’s ILOG LogicTools Suite (LogicNet Plus, Inventory Analyst, Product Flow Optimizer, Plant PowerOps, and Transportation Analyst) plays a key role in helping companies achieve a smarter supply chain.
But, it goes even further: We are creating innovative supply chain solutions by combining the supply chain planning products with IBM’s deep expertise and product offerings in data sensing and data integration. This is how the Smarter Planet initiative creates even smarter supply chains.
As an example, the recent national ad campaigns have highlighted how Danone is creating a smarter supply chain:
Danone, the world's leading maker of fresh dairy products, can now react dynamically to key market changes. Danone's planners work smarter, making real-time adjustments that are interconnected to the production process and improving critical key performance indicators from days to hours.