In today’s business world, access to timely, accurate operational information is critical. As globalisation and outsourcing extended supply chains to every corner of the world, a new class of enterprise software emerged: the business network – built from the ground up to solve problems that enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems were not meant to address.
The aerospace and defence (A&D) industry is entering a new period of value-engineering its supply chains and bringing an increased level of focus to delivery performance improvement.
Following up on a recent article that discussed E2open’s relatively recent forays into the sales and operations planning (S&OP) software market, TEC had a follow-up discussion with Sean Rollings, vice president of product marketing at E2open, on general S&OP market trends, and various aspects of managing and implementing the S&OP process.
Intel has always had superlative internal supply chain processes within its vertically integrated operations. But until recently, the same could not be said of one of its business units that outsourced to subcontractors around the world. In fact, the ad hoc nature of that unit’s supply chain interactions posed a threat to its competitiveness. Here’s how a determined team championed a powerful supply chain collaboration model that is getting real results—and that is now being rolled out across the company.
While effective supply chain risk management programmes recognise things don’t always go according to plan, they also aid businesses build a more resilient operation in response.
Lufthansa Technik, a world-leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for aircrafts, engines, and components, recently selected and deployed the E2open Business Network. This cloud-based platform allows participants to share plans and data, executing business processes in a secure, real-time manner.
To keep pace with today’s current build-to-demand model, A&D companies face a series of unique challenges that require a significantly greater level of supply chain agility. Only when visibility is combined with deep and secure collaboration throughout the supply chain will the industry achieve the elevated performance necessary to commit with confidence to customers, manage its backlogs, and deliver aircraft on time and on budget.
The maker of wireless infrastructure opted to outsource its manufacturing to Asia. In the process, it was confronted with a host of problems related to a lack of visibility and poor communications with the chosen partner. It was time to automate the process, and get everybody on the same page.
The road to collaborative sales and operations planning (S&OP) can be a winding one. Globalisation and the promise of outsourced manufacturing and distribution have vastly increased complexity, leading to information fragmentation and overload.
Dealing with the realities of the multilevel, cross-geography, and intra-enterprise supply chain model has been a challenge to many well-known brands. As companies reassess their strategies for collaboration, continuity of supply, and competitive advantage, the role of the supply chain center of excellence (CoE) becomes a key part of the organizational model.