How Cloud Services Can Solve Supply Chain Issues

1. Supply Chain Issues and Challenges

(1) Market volatility
Rapid market changes and frequent promotions make demand forecasts more uncertain, resulting in unusually frequent fluctuations throughout the supply chain. And how should we deal with this abnormal fluctuation, which has become increasingly normalized.

(2) The surge of data
In the supply chain, enterprises can obtain not only structured data with ERP as the core, but also a lot of semi-structured and unstructured data, which come from EDI connections, feedback from suppliers or third-party logistics, public Traffic service information, sensors and logistics equipment, and even information interacting with social platforms such as WeChat. These new types of data provide the basis for real-time visualization and information sharing of supply chains. How to find value in these complex data and empower the supply chain is a big challenge.

(3) Quick response
Businesses are shifting their focus from selling products and services to creating better customer experiences. Such as:
More personalized products and services
The more flexible delivery model
faster delivery

(4) End-to-end visualization and collaboration
Supply chain management has a wide range of connections, many links, and independent data, causing data in the supply chain to be scattered within each organization, forming an information island, weakening the effective collaboration between supply chain organizations, and limiting timely response and feedback. Ability. End-to-end transparency and cross-organizational cooperation are some of the important signs of an enterprise's supply chain capabilities.

2. Cloud Services Change the Traditional Supply Chain Management Model

In recent years, cloud computing technology has developed rapidly. Compared with localized deployment, the application layer SaaS layer of cloud computing has brought new solutions to enterprises. By applying SaaS, enterprises do not need to be equipped with network infrastructure and software and hardware operation platforms and do not need to increase investment in the IT department. The initial investment is small, the deployment speed is fast, and the implementation period is short, which is tantamount to helping enterprises realize information management faster. Improve management efficiency and reduce management costs. In addition to the universal advantages of SaaS itself, cloud deployment and applications are also suitable for the supply chain management.

(1) Flexibility and scalability
SaaS provides enterprises with flexible application usage and charging methods, and the subscription-based pricing model is very attractive to enterprises. Enterprises can rent the cloud supply chain management system according to the number of people used internally. When the number of people increases or decreases, there is no need to worry about increasing hardware investment, and there is no need to worry about vacant facilities. The cloud-based supply chain system can provide services at any time according to the needs of enterprises, that is, rent and use. In addition, SaaS is extensible. After the supply chain management module is launched, enterprises can apply for the expansion of other functions or modules, and the data is automatically interconnected in real-time without spending money and time on enterprise application integration.

(2) Safety and reliability
Most companies have concerns about "going to the cloud" for their supply chains, and it is important to worry about whether the data is safe and reliable. In fact, for cloud service providers, data loss, destruction, and leakage will seriously affect the reputation and development prospects of the enterprise. Therefore, cloud service providers have always had high requirements for data security levels. In terms of data maintenance, cloud service providers will provide centralized and unified data storage, backup, firewall, operation monitoring and management, and a professional and powerful operation and maintenance team to improve system reliability and ensure data security.

(3) Sharing and collaboration
Most supply chains cover a wide range, involve many subjects, and cannot share information, which is a common problem encountered in enterprise supply chain management. The realization of information sharing and departmental collaboration is a major feature of cloud computing. The cloud-based supply chain management system allows multiple enterprises to share a system resource and work together on the same platform. Enterprises can make decisions and execute faster based on the information in the system, and seize business opportunities in the supply chain in a timely manner.

3. How Enterprise Supply Chains Fly to the Cloud

The improvement and maturity of the cloud industry chain provides strong support for enterprises to transform their development models. More and more enterprises choose to apply supply chain cloud solutions to realize their digital transformation. How to make enterprise supply chains fly to the cloud has also become a problem for many business concerns.

Cloud supply chain management is the general trend. When building a supply chain, today's enterprises should change traditional concepts, actively embrace cloud technology, use innovative technology to solve the problems encountered in supply chain management in reality, realize multi-party information and resource sharing, make timely and correct decisions and implement them, Improve supply chain management efficiency to capture greater supply chain management value. This is an information age, and standing still will cut off the road of development. Creating diversified enterprise management cloud services and improving enterprise competitiveness can inject new development impetus into enterprise transformation and upgrading.

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