In Real Time: Managing the New Supply Chain

By Sandor Boyson; Lisa H. Harrington et al. | Go to book overview

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Enabling the Enterprise
Supply Chain
Mega-Portal

Connectivity across supply chains is wonderful, but without up-to-date content, all the connectivity in the world won't make a bit of difference to a company's bottom line. The benefits of connectivity lie in accurate, timely information about what's going on in the intertwined supply chains. The foundation for this content can only be found within the four walls of the enterprise in the information collected by the various software tools that manage a company's internal logistics operations. This information includes data on what's going on in a company's warehouses or distribution centers, information on the company's transportation activities, data on a firm's international logistics flows, and so on.

In the past, these data were available to an enterprise only in batch form—weekly, monthly or quarterly. The business, therefore, operated blindly in some respects, relying on rapidly aging information to direct its future operations. Many people compare this situation to trying to drive a car by looking in the rearview mirror.

Gradually, this situation is changing, thanks to recent developments in the software and other IT tools that collect and manage real-time data about the organization's internal operations. These tools include enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as well as supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, that is, warehouse management (WMS), labor management (LMS), transportation management (TMS), and international trade logistics (ITL) applications.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • 1: Introduction to the Real-Time Supply Chain 1
  • 2: The Internet Mega-Portal 13
  • 3: The Internet Mega-Portal 27
  • 4: Enabling the Enterprise Supply Chain Mega-Portal 45
  • 5: Beyond the Four Walls 67
  • 6: Real-Time Visualization and Modeling of Supply Chains 99
  • 7: Putting the Mega-Portal to Work 123
  • 8: Real-Time Supply Chain Mega-Portals 145
  • Appendix 151
  • Index 157
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