Seven solutions to drive the supply chain function’s future

03. Create a strong ERP backbone

Approaching digital transformation with an ERP system at the core of your supply chain operations allows you to safely bolt on new pieces of technology to solve very specific problems.

The trend observed with the participants in this study was that those organizations who already had a good quality ERP, such as SAP as a backbone, were making significantly better progress in implementing large scale digital supply chain solutions. They were also able to deploy solutions across regional and global operations much faster than those working on side-car technology projects.

IT projects delivered without any thinking as to how new processes or applications can be integrated with an eventual full-scale digital solution might solve an immediate need, but in the long run it is very likely you’ll have to decommission these and start over again.

Deepa D, Director of Global Supply Chain at a leading medical manufacturing organization, says: “The one good thing we have, in terms of an ecosystem, is a good ERP system in place, which is key to the supply chain, and used across the organization. We use tools and technologies like rapid response, which sits right on top of our ERP, and enables us to understand and run reports and get whatever data we need."

The one good thing we have, in terms of an ecosystem, is a good ERP system in place, which is key to the supply chain, and used across the organization. We use tools and technologies like rapid response, which sits right on top of our ERP, and enables us to understand and run reports and get whatever data we need.

Deepa D,

Director of Global Supply Chain at a leading medical manufacturing organization

Next: 04. Draw up a discussion and priorities framework

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