Opportunities of Native Supply Chain Automation

by | Aug 26, 2019 | Supply Chain

The industry likes to adorn itself with terms like digitization and automation. Digitization, in particular, is often praised as a miracle cure that simply wipes away all the problems of outdated processes – virtually automatically.

The problem here is that companies tend to do some kind of pretended digitization. In many companies, it is much more a case of pretended digitization for marketing purposes than of genuine digitization, which helps the company to make the leap into 2019.

In general, many myths rank around the subject of digitization and not always the built-up hype is justified. Bain & Company has broken down 4 of the biggest myths around this topic.

How do you recognise such a pretended digitization? Have you ever walked through a warehouse where employees manually entered the results of their last work steps into the digital system? Yes? Then you now know that these processes were not fully digitized.

If digitization does not completely replace manual processes, then digitization is actually just throwing money out of the window. On the one hand, the changes actually carried out cost a lot of money, and on the other hand, the resulting increase in efficiency is kept within limits by the manual intermediate steps.

Do not rely on partial digitization. Instead, create a clear roadmap to a complete automation of work processes. Think about logical steps to gradually adapt your outdated system to current technical conditions.

Perks of Native Supply Chain Automation

Only when you have a clear plan and a clear path to automation in mind, you are able to really benefit from the huge advantages of Native Supply Chain Automation and use them as an advantage in the head-to-head race with your competitors:

  • Real efficiency gains through manual process automation

What’s slower than manual work? Exactly! Manually performed work steps that are digitized after execution. Make sure that you really digitalize the work process completely – including the entry and evaluation of the work results.

  • Real-time data exchange

All parties involved in the supply chain can exchange data in real time, so that they can work together meaningfully and effectively despite geographical separation. Once a step has been completed, other processes that depend on that step can be started immediately. Thus can reduce or even completely eliminate waiting times in production. And as we all know: Time is money.

  • Reduce risk by reducing manual processes

Where people work, mistakes happen. Although this also applies to machine work, the error rate is significantly lower than for work steps carried out by people. The reason for this is quite simply that your digital system can handle large amounts of data much better than the human brain. The logical consequence of this is that you can reduce the number of manual steps in your supply chain, especially those involved in data entry and transfer, and at the same time you are able to reduce the number of sensitive sources of error.

  • Optimise time-to-insight-result for faster decision making

Thanks to Native Supply Chain Automation, data-based decisions can always be made quickly – even if different locations or companies are involved in the supply chain process. All parties always have access to the latest data and results from different work steps and do not have to wait for answers from other parties. This can be a significant advantage over the competition.

How Tributech can help

At Tributech, we help you to automate your supply chain natively with a well thought-out system. We ensure the following factors:

  • Interoperability without privacy and security tradeoffs

Our solution offers standardised interfaces for peer-to-peer exchange of data in different types and formats, metadata to provide semantic and proofs to provide data verification capabilities of consumed data – regardless of the used system. In this way, business data, sensor data or process data can be exchanged natively and without the security and privacy tradeoffs from centralised systems, which becomes highly relevant in case of sensitive business or process data.

  • Role-based data access management

Always stay the master about your data in a networked system for data transfer! You only ever release the data to those persons who really need it. This fine granular data access management is made possible by a role-based rights system. So you and your partner companies always have control over sensitive data and the basis for a trusting cooperation is created.

  • Data Security and Credibility

Through the integrated blockchain-based trust layer, we ensure the integrity and authenticity of the exchanged data. This checks whether the data originates from the correct source and has been transmitted unchanged. This type of capture control provides you with an incoming security and credibility check for all transmitted data assets, which subsequently ensures auditability and effective search for possible sources of error in the event of damage.

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