Rethinking the Supply Chain: Meeting the Complexity Challenge

Manufacturers and distributors in both discrete and process industries increasingly find themselves caught in a complexity double bind: The requirements of operating in a global, just-in-time market have made supply chains infinitely more complex than they were even ten years ago. In addition, much of the software that is supposed to assist in managing this complexity has itself become too complex to use and too expensive to cost-justify.

In this climate of complexity and uncertainty, overall business success is more and more a matter of optimizing the supply chain: Many times the blame for product failure lies not in engineering, marketing, or sales, but in the inability of the supply chain to deliver both the raw materials needed to meet production plans and the finished goods needed to meet real customer demand.

This white paper discusses:
  • The complexity double bind in light of the dynamics of global trade, just-in-time manufacturing, and other business factors faced by manufacturers across most discrete and process industries;
  • How Demand Management’s offerings help overcome the problems of complexity;
  • How Demand Solutions customers have used the company’s software to improve forecasts and better manage demand, all while achieving improved customer satisfaction and a measurable return on investment.

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