The Interplay of Supply Chain Analytics and Business Intelligence

In light of the difficulties that businesses have faced over the past few years, one thing has become abundantly clear: the need of maintaining visibility throughout the supply chain. A growing number of businesses are realising the value of supply chain analytics as a means to track and adjust their priorities and models in order to better meet customer needs and future demands. To avoid the challenging forecasting that the traditional pull model entails, several businesses have moved to a pull model inventory approach. When businesses started using an inventory strategy, this shift happened.

When taken as a whole, these four areas stress the need of integrating analytics into the various stages of a company’s operations:

Financials, customer service, supply chain, and the visibility and responsiveness are of its business processes. In order to carry out these tasks, an enterprise performance management solution can be utilised in conjunction with a dashboard as one tool. Consider developing a system that can combine data from a central system or join the data from various different systems to gain valuable insight into your business.

Specific role

Individualized dashboards that include data relevant to a user’s specific role can help that person become more productive in their work. Because of this, staff members may be able to improve their decision-making, increase their productivity, and use up-to-the-minute information to provide superior customer service. All of the departments in your company, from operations and finance to IT and customer service to marketing and beyond, contribute to the business intelligence that is captured and analysed by these systems.

One of the most important choices you can make to gain an advantage over the competition is to be flexible enough to adjust to the new circumstances. Having this kind of adaptable BI tool at your disposal will allow your company to move at the speed of change and make decisions with confidence. The organization’s willingness to embrace change depends on its capacity to respond effectively to new information, regardless of how positive or negative it may be. Businesses who have embraced change in order to swiftly adapt to changing situations in the marketplace are prospering.

In business, you don’t know what you don’t know about your business, according to a quote that was told to me by one of our clients. He was referring to a system he had set up to keep tabs on the supply chain in order to keep an eye on things like supply, replenishment, waste, inventory, procurement costs, supplier quality, and bidding cycles.

He stated the findings “floored me” when we started analysing the data and explained everything that was happening. After the system was up and running and the dashboards established, this happened. When he compiled the data from his system, he had a far clearer picture of his company’s performance. He said the findings completely blew his mind and explained nothing.

Final words

By reusing and accounting for leftover material and implementing better sourcing procedures, this client was able to minimise cost overruns by over 36% and enhance profitability by 29%. He accomplished this by learning the ropes at his company and realising the resulting cost savings. This one client was an industry leader in both yacht construction and the distribution of yacht-specific materials. Information that had previously been unavailable allowed him to improve the efficiency of his business operations.