Digital technologies have given rise to new services offering a variety of personalized options that can be easily added to an order when required and billed by usage. The smart components needed to do this are worthy of particular attention in production and logistics. Intelligent supply chain integration has become crucial to business success. People, capacities, work processes, infrastructure: supply networks are at their most effective when they are integrated from end to end.
Dynamic supply chain networks
The supply chain integration specialists at T-Systems help businesses simplify and stabilize their value networks. They can also provide ongoing guidance and support on strategically realigning these networks. The aim is to secure the procurement of materials from global production networks, reduce inventories and ensure the on-time delivery of finished goods throughout the world. Inbound and outbound logistics are involved at an early stage. T-Systems has devised a process model that enables manufacturers to quickly establish their supply chain management processes worldwide. A rollout plan template covers 80 to 90 percent of all relevant processes from the outset, thereby reducing the sources of communication errors within the supply networks. T-Systems operates and monitors supply chain integration solutions developed on the basis of standard software for many companies in the globally networked automobile industry.
Digitization of the supply chain through production
To provide a stable platform with which to implement all the necessary steps in the transformation to integrated supply chain management, T-Systems uses the Digital Navigator from Detecon. This helps specialists and managers to design and implement a strategic supply chain. It acts like a compass to first identify the company's current position with regard to digitalization and then to determine the direction that the company needs to take to establish or develop its Industry 4.0 strategy. Thanks to our tried and tested consulting methodology, we are able to digitize and optimize global supply networks quickly and efficiently. Supply chain integration and collaboration means much more than simply managing the movement of materials within the company or optimizing transport processes. The end-to-end approach of supply chain integration and collaboration acknowledges the fact that development and production departments are increasingly required to exchange time-critical data with a variety of external partners. Unless communication is carried out in a standardized format, it is simply not possible for automobile manufacturers, for example, to admit their suppliers quickly and easily into their globally dispersed dynamic logistics and production networks.
Fully automated data flows
T-Systems' integration platform Business Connect Services (BCS) allows companies to quickly and securely exchange business-critical data with their business partners using standardized communication protocols. Completely automatically and in real-time, irrespective of the message format, and without any need for manual intervention. The benefits are clear: companies using the BCS platform have no need to invest in hardware and software, which saves time and operating costs. The EDI service, including customer support, is available to them around the clock and throughout the year. The entire data communication function is managed centrally via a standardized interface, thus reducing the process complexity of the supply chain. An important step in helping companies to develop successful supply networks in today's digitalized world.