Supply Chain Management

70 percent of Executives have started Digital Supply Chain Transformation

Supply Chain Management

Nye Longman – Supply Chain Management

Executives see a large gap between the current state of Digital Transformation across their extended global supply chains and what they expect to see five years from today. These are the results of a global research study, ‘The Current and Future State of Digital Supply Chain Transformation’ conducted by Capgemini Consulting and GT Nexus, an Infor company.

Most studies conducted on the topic so far have examined Digital Transformation within organisations, or between organisations and their customers. This new research project is the first of its kind that explores the current state and future of Digital Transformation especially between organisations and all of their partners across the extended value chain.

The study surveyed 337 executives from some of the largest global manufacturing and retail organisations across Europe and North America.

Key findings of the research study include:

  • Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain is important
  • 75 percent of respondents say Digital Transformation of the supply chain is “important”
  • 50 percent say that Digital Transformation is “veryimportant”
  • 70 percent say they have started a formal Digital Supply Chain Transformation effort

Progress has been slow so far

  • >30 percent of respondents said they are “dissatisfied” with progress so far
  • Only 5 percent are “very satisfied”

Key technology enablers have been identified, but are not widely used yet

  • Supply Chain Visibility Platforms/Tools (94 percent), Big Data Analytics (90 percent), Simulation Tools (81 percent) and Cloud (80 percent) are seen as the biggest technology enablers of Digital Supply Chain Transformation
  • But 48 percent of respondents admit that right now “traditional” methods such as phone, fax, and email are still the dominant ways to interact with supply chain partners
  • Dramatic changes are expected within just five years
  • Today only 15 percent of respondents say that the majority of data from the extended supply chain is accessible to their organization. In five years, that number jumps to 54 percent
  • Today only 23 percent of respondents say that the majority of data from the extended supply chain is analyzed and used for decision making. In five years, that number jumps to 68 percent
  • Five years from now, 95 percent of respondents expect more processes with suppliers to be automated
  • Five years from now, 94 percent expect to receive more real-time status updates from across the entire supply chain

The expected benefits of Digital Supply Chain Transformation include cost reductions for logistics, inventory and maintenance, improvements in customer service and higher overall equipment effectiveness. Digital Supply Chain Transformation is also expected to improve an organization’s agility in the face of disruptions.

Mathieu Dougados, Senior Vice President, Capgemini Consulting said: “75 percent of respondents say Digital Transformation of the supply chain is important, but a massive gap exists today between where companies are today and where they expect to be in just five years from now. “

“Transformation initiatives inside the four walls of the enterprise pose significant challenges within themselves. But in today’s globalized and outsourced world, Digital Transformation can only be successful if companies approach it with a holistic view of their entire value chain. That value chain can include hundreds of partners. So connectivity between partners, cross-company access to data, and the use network-wide analytics become the key focus areas.”

Kurt Cavano, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at GT Nexus, said: “Supply chain transformation is a massive undertaking that requires leadership and vision at the C-level, and a holistic transformation approach that fosters automation, connectivity, data sharing and collaboration across the entire value chain,”

“This survey showed that manufacturers and retailers clearly have an idea of where they need to be and what digital technologies will get them there in the next five years. But it’s going to be a real sprint given the current reliance on outdated, analogue technologies such as phone, fax and email to collaborate and execute in the global supply chain. Meanwhile, risk of supply chain disruptions runs high, with an expensive cost to pay.”

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