In simple supply chain terms, the more data you put online, the better. Oracle get to the heart of it:
“You need an integrated supply chain so you can communicate situations quickly and efficiently to other supply chain stakeholders, such as procurement and order management. And you need more information. Not just more data, but more insight into processes and systems so you can leverage analytics for visibility, agility, and customer responsiveness.”
DSP are helping transport and logistics companies to manage this data smartly for actionable insight. And cloud is the perfect platform here. It enables remote access worldwide from any mobile device to let users monitor and analyse information. Data maintained in the cloud is easily accessible, faster to restore, and more reliable. On-demand resource capacity ensures resilience when facing increased service demands or cyber-attacks, as well as quicker recovery from serious incidents.
DSP are using the cloud to help the extended supply chain in three main ways: collaboration, modernisation and speed of implementation. By enabling data to flow throughout the supply chain, cloud facilitates more convenient and smooth communication, giving supply chain partners the ability to swiftly adapt to unpredicted change and disruption.
Specific use cases include the following:
The amount of inventory you hold at any one time is essentially a “risk factor”. Cloud-driven data gives you much more precise control over your inventory levels and real-time inventory management allows you to maximise ability to respond to demand fluctuations.
Pricing elements in transport & logistics can fluctuate based on various factors: weather, market conditions, consumer demand. Quickly understanding the price associated with every logistics element of your supply chain allows you to control your costs more accurately.
This is key to optimisation. Cloud-integration allows metrics to be captured and analysed to identify patterns within shipping and procurement, and utilise this insight to eliminate wastage and redundancy.
When coordinating the union of a number of components from several geographically dispersed suppliers, synchronising processes is critical. Cloud-powered logistics solutions that allow for real-time monitoring make complex “merge in transit” models possible.
Cloud makes consistent, accurate real-time data accessible to the extended team, regardless of time or location. This accessibility ensures that processes requiring round the clock oversight can be managed more efficiently and reliably.
Having a comprehensive oversight of all processes and delivering transparency in communication of all participants in the logistics cloud translates into significant improvements in efficiency and a faster time-to-value realisation.
Cloud analytics give users the insight to make better decisions. Cloud-powered dashboards providing real-time visibility can trigger alarms which go off when an issue occurs, while instant data analysis helps identify the root cause of problems.
Supply chain volatility is a mark of this globalised, digital age. The fact that cloud is typically used on a consumption model means scaling up or down according to fluctuating market conditions allows companies to better manage costs and avoid being financially compromised – by, for example, having huge overstocks of unwanted goods. DSP’s cloud flexibility and scalability allows companies to quickly adjust to changes in customer demand and target specific niche markets or customers.
Cloud helps the supply chain reach ever-higher levels of efficiency by integrating people, technology and processes. The benefits to Logistics companies of adopting DSP cloud solutions and managed services are many and various, including cost containment, availability, scalability, efficiency, elasticity and security.
Driving innovation and growth in increasingly competitive, disrupted industries comes down to agility and confidence. DSP know that managing data and leveraging the cloud effectively is critical to differentiate from the competition. We provide end-to-end managed services to ensure that joined-up thinking translates to joined-up systems and processes in managing the infrastructure layers. And we put it all together for you, removing any worry or uncertainty around the complexities of cloud licensing models which need to be understood and navigated carefully.