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Industry Leaders - - Front Page - by Anna Do­man­ska

His­tory shows busi­nesses that don’t take ad­van­tage of the grow­ing preva­lence and con­stancy of trends end up on the path of com­pla­cency. The future won’t build it­self, and that is the harsh re­al­ity.

To­day, busi­nesses are ob­serv­ing that the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of cloud com­put­ing con­tinue to ex­pand ex­po­nen­tially. A global sur­vey of nearly 1,500 busi­nesses and tech­nol­ogy lead­ers noted that the ma­jor­ity - 85% - said their or­ga­ni­za­tions will be us­ing “cloud tools mod­er­ately to ex­ten­sively over the next three years”. Top­ping the list of ac­cel­er­ants is sup­ply chain man­age­ment.

Sup­ply chains faces a range of chal­lenges. De­tailed knowl­edge of sup­ply chain op­er­a­tions is held lo­cally, cre­at­ing de­part­ments - or­ga­ni­za­tional, func­tional and cul­tural and these un­der­mine ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween var­i­ous com­po­nents of the sup­ply chain, in­creas­ing the prob­a­bil­ity of prob­lems emerg­ing at a later stage, and lim­it­ing op­tions for quick re­sponse.

With the help of a cloud-based sup­ply chain sys­tem, busi­nesses can save funds and gain a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage by fos­ter­ing in­ter­con­nected busi­ness pro­cesses; stream­lin­ing the com­plete en­ter­prise in­stead of in­di­vid­ual func­tions; and driving bet­ter ways for col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­no­va­tion.

The lo­gis­tics in­dus­try is in­creas­ingly ex­ploit­ing cloud so­lu­tions for spe­cific process such as back-of­fice sup­port, net­work col­lab­o­ra­tion, and trans­port and lo­gis­tics man­age­ment across the globe. Suc­cess­ful adop­tion of this change will em­power future in­no­va­tion in the SCM ap­pli­ca­tion, from pow­er­ful an­a­lyt­ics to prod­uct life­cy­cle man­age­ment.

While many chal­lenges re­main, it is clear that this new ap­proach is be­com­ing in­evitable. How is your com­pany adapt­ing for the future of busi­ness?

Happy Read­ing!

Anna Do­man­ska

Ed­i­tor-in-chief, In­dus­try Lead­ers Magazine

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