Supply Chain Trends: Ready for the Next Big Advance
“Through 2025, 25% of supply chain decisions will be made across intelligent edge ecosystems.” — Gartner Predicts the Future of Supply Chain Technology, April 20, 2022
2025 will be here in the blink of an eye. But it’s taken us a while to get to the current state of supply chain systems. Consider.
The dawn of supply chain technology (at least, practically speaking) was in the 1960’s with Electronic Data Interchanges. The initial focus of EDI was on standardizing communication protocols so information could be exchanged between shipping providers. It was in the 1980’s that centralizing data from different origins and leveraging that data to make better supply chain decisions came into vogue, beginning with ERP software and then advancing to more specialized planning applications.
The past few decades since, have been a blur of upgrades, fast emerging new applications and their respective companies, industry consolidation, rapid product evolution, breakthrough technologies…. But in many cases, supply chain technologies today are still tied to a centralized database concept with a limited view of what is going on at the edge in real-time.
Finally, it’s time to get to the edge of things.
ACSIS believes the data you need to make the best, fastest supply chain decisions can be found by combining data from your central ERP with data gathered from the edge. Data from the edge includes information collected from people, devices, and sensors deployed across the extended supply chain.
The ACSIS value proposition is simple: we put all that data into one place where you can conduct advanced, intelligent analytics in near real time, making decisions with the most accurate, granular and current data available.
It’s simple – but it’s taken a long time to get here. Fortunately, ACSIS has been working towards this moment for 20 years of its existence. We’ve done the work of unlocking data from the edge and empowering supply chain managers to become the business productivity heroes we’ve always known them to be.
You don’t need to wait until 2025 (or later). We’re ready for the edge if you are. Give us a call.