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Five Trends That Will Revolutionize the Sourcing Business

Five Trends That Will Revolutionize the Sourcing Business | Global Supply Chain | Scoop.it
We are on the cusp a new era in global sourcing.
Here are five big trends that are changing the sourcing landscape:

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Integration is a Core Competency for High Performing Supply Chains - Chris Jones on Best Practices

Integration is a Core Competency for High Performing Supply Chains - Chris Jones on Best Practices | Global Supply Chain | Scoop.it
High performing supply chains view integration as an enabler of greater agility and higher levels of business performance, not as a means to an end.

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David Blinick's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:02 PM

Integration, to a great extent, can't be added on (easily).  It needs to be designed in, kind of like quality.

 

Back in the 1980s, when we first began designing our supply chain software applications, we presented a four circles approach to development: (1)  operations/production, (2) supervision/visibility, (3) managerial/corporate/enterprise.  Each prior circle was included within the next layer (essentially an included set).   The foundation underlying all three layers (the inner circle) was the integration layer.  As each circle/layer had its own complexity and activity segments which were necessary to incorporate into the activities and control elements of the next layer around it, integration at the center provided the consistency and linkages that allowed each of the outer/derivative layers to better work.

 

Today, of course, the theoretical model has become more complex as organizations now must reach outside themselves and coordinate and control activity that modifies and is incorporated into their business processes.  Our original model was about data interactivity and not about process control.  Today, it is impossible to do a serious enterprise application without consideration of externalities and coordination effects.

 

This article is a very good expression of my views and the extensive experience across many different organizations and business types.