Role of Cloud Computing In Supply Chain Management

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Cloud computing has wider adoption now a days, the infrastructure is much more robust and secure than what it used to be. CIO’s faced with cost pressure are moving more to platform as a service approach to reduce their infrastructure management cost.

Paul Smith, a major British fashion retailer, is a comparatively early adopter and it nearly finished its migration to a cloud-based solution from Manhattan Associates. Lee Bingham, head of information technology (IT) at Paul Smith, said he expects the cloud-based solution to increase the brand’s flexibility in delivery options and give customers across buying platforms better visibility into its current inventory.

There are many benefits of cloud computing including speed, agility, flexibility scale etc. But here are some are specific benefits which supply chains can reap by moving to a cloud computing environment.

Ease of Onboarding Trade Partner: With a cloud based infrastructure, it is easier to onboard new trader partners. The connectivity between systems becomes much streamlined and this leads to a better and simplified experience.

Access to Information: Today’s supply chain needs more data and more real time data to predict any anomalies or to crunch trends in supply chain demand. With the cloud infrastructure it is easy to connect with third party data platforms, which provides varying amount of data from risk to real time events.

Flexibility. Cloud-based solutions can connect everyone in the supply chain, providing a more coherent approach for inventory deployment. With geoanalytics, cloud computing can enable you to monitor delivery networks and prioritize slow-moving shipments.

Optimization. Cloud-based  providers tailor solutions to your industry, allowing you to accelerate the integration and adoption of their services across all parts of your organization. In fact, 46 percent of surveyed supply chain management professionals said greater collaboration led to problems being solved twice as quickly. This can help optimize product development, market expansion and delivery times, while reducing overall costs by improving the agility of your operating model.

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