There is a scene in the movie "Bull Durham" in which the coach of a struggling baseball team is extremely frustrated with his players. What has always stuck out to me in this scene was the coach’s demand for the team to get back to basics. A big quote that has stayed with me was, "You throw the ball, you hit the ball and you catch the ball."
I am sure we all have heard of information technology or IT solutions, which are typically systems designed to run at an enterprise level. These would include ERP, CRM and in some cases, maintenance or even PLM solutions. You may also have heard of operational technology or OT solutions, which are typically systems dedicated to operational functions such as PLC, SCADA, Data Historians, MES and other solutions deployed to a much smaller audience with a very specific function in mind.
The promise of digital business is increased top and bottom line performance. The digital nodes that are coming online and being made available are vast, and many of them speak different languages. The ability to unite and share information among nodes is the digital thread, a key component in the transformation to a digital supply chain.
Digital business was a central theme of this year’s INFOCUS, with a special focus on its key “enabling technologies.” What are those technologies? You’ve heard of them before: mobility, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Throughout the conference and in the Oracle and DSI keynotes, speakers made clear that there is no single technology trend that can drive digital business. Rather, it’s the way that businesses use a combination of these technologies that can make a real difference to the top and bottom line.
Version lock—a situation in which companies can’t change components of their IT portfolio because of integrations and interdependencies—isn’t just an IT problem. Version lock has a huge impact on the business because it can prevent departments and companies from pursuing strategic changes in business processes. Some examples include:
Transit Agency Streamlines Operations With Digital Supply Chain Platform
Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides a public mass transportation system that includes a fleet of over a thousand vehicles from buses to locomotives covering a 1,600 square mile service area. On top of managing a diverse fleet, UTA must meet distinct requirements from vehicle maintenance and facilities upkeep to tracking parts and time.
This year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference (GartnerSCC) addressed digital disruption in many forms. The imperative was this: create a customer-centric supply chain that emphasizes a digital experience.