Continuous Supply Chain Design Outsmarts Disruption: An Imperative for Supply Chain Resiliency

Many organizations are now making supply chain resiliency a critical part of business continuity. With new technologies and the practice of continuous design, organizations can reduce risk, improve resilience, and turn supply chain challenges into a competitive advantage.

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Move beyond traditional supply chain technologies for agility, flexibility, and resilience

In this e-book, you will learn the importance of:

  • Moving beyond traditional planning technologies to keep pace with disruption
  • Supporting agility and flexibility with continuous supply chain design
  • Testing scenarios with a digital twin
  • Advancing through the supply chain maturity model
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Continuous design can reduce risk, improve resilience, and turn supply chain challenges into a competitive advantage.

New technologies enable decision makers to test scenarios before execution. The pace of disruption is growing to a level which many organizations have never before experienced. This comes at a time when long supply chains and speed and cost pressures have made it more difficult to respond to unforeseen events like natural disasters, trade wars, or a pandemic.

Continuous design is the development and ongoing refinement of optimal supply chain structures, policies, and flows. This is achieved through analysis, scenario planning, and simulation with end-to-end digital models, fueled by AI and powerful algorithmic engines.
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What does a supply chain digital twin offer that make it a key enabler for continuous supply chain design?

A digital twin offers a visualization of the supply chain with nodes, modes, and flows. It also enables organizations to model the future using advanced algorithms. Its open architecture provides many benefits. The digital twin also enables an organization to democratize decision intelligence to users through apps, as well as provides the ability to augment data lake and planning investment. For more information, please download the e-book.

What are the five stages of supply chain management maturity?

Stage 1 is called the Ad Hoc Design stage. At this stage you have only a retrospective view of the supply chain and changes are made in reaction to a supply chain disruption. In Stage 2, Episodic Design, a supply chain design organization exists, but it is not involved in scenario planning and works offline as requests come in from the organization. In the third stage, the Democratized Design stage, organizations start to design online and are developing proactive and dynamic supply chain design processes. Stage 4, the Synchronized Design & Planning stage, has a full digital twin of the supply chain in place. Finally, in Stage 5, called the Dynamic Design stage, the organization has achieved continuous design, fully integrating the strategic, tactical, and operational horizons. For more detail, please download the e-book.

How would Coupa (Powered by LLamasoft) describe the future of supply chain design and planning?

In the future, organizations’ Supply Chain Design & Planning processes will adopt Continuous Supply Chain Design and Planning, they will complement existing systems with artificial intelligence and Outside-In Data, they will make more automated and faster decisions, they will democratize apps to the teams in the rest of organization, they will gain proactive insights from a Supply Chain Digital Twin, and they will adopt capabilities aligned to their business priorities.