Delivering supply chain software – the sexiest job in the world?
Having recently read an article  about how working in supply chain management was possibly the sexiest job in the world, we couldn’t disagree with the convincing points made. However, it did lead us down a slightly new path of thinking…if supply chain management is one the sexiest professions in the world? Then delivering software to help manage supply chains must be off the scale in terms of hot!
So, with this in mind, we’ve adapted the story somewhat and we’d like to take a few moments to convince you, that in fact, working in supply chain software, could be a lot more thrilling than you might believe.
Good supply chain software gets your business in the best shape!
Supply chains are the backbones of successful companies and good ‘supply chain software’ is essentially the ligaments, tendons and nerves connecting the backbones together. Having the latest supply chain software provides the best posture and enables your supply chain to be in the best shape it can be.
At ediTRACK, we have over 20 years experience of delivering software to organisations which gives us first hand experience of supply chain management being an ever challenging and often covert job. There are an abundance of important tasks that need to be carried out in order to get the right product at the right time in front of the right people at the right cost. Historically working within the supply chain and providing software to help manage it could be perceived as a little unglamorous and unsexy. But that is changing rapidly and here is why:
The world’s best products and services depend on the flawless operation of their supply chains. As a consumer we experience a service or a product as a result of its supply chain every day. This could be anything from experiencing the service from your insurer as a result of a house flood claim to the experience of buying the latest fashions on-line at ASOS. The fact is, market-leading products and services owe as much to innovation as they do to the quality of their supply chain and the supply chain software connecting it together. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, actually ran the company’s supply chain before he was promoted to the top job.
The best supply chains are run with the newest technology
As globalisation continues, supply chains are getting more global and more outsourced every day. As a result, they are also becoming more complex and harder to control. Innovative companies deploy some of the newest technology to manage their ever-expanding networks of supply chain partners around the globe. Similar to how we use social networking sites like LinkedIn to manage our social and professional connections, many companies are now moving away from traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Instead they are moving to web-based collaboration platforms to connect their global networks of trading partners in a much more accessible, efficient and scalable way.
Supply chains need to be fast and agile and so does the software that runs them
Supply chains are under constant strain from shifting market forces, competitive pressures and unexpected disruptions. To operate successfully in this environment a company must have the ability to respond swiftly to sudden changes in demand and unforeseen disruptions in supply. The software that supports the supply chain needs to be equally as agile without costing the business a fortune. Software solutions need to be built in a sustainable and future proof way whether it’s a bespoke custom solution or an off-the-shelf product. The software needs to be able to integrate with many different legacy systems or new technology that may arise as the business grows or changes shape and pace. The need for speed and agility makes working in modern supply chains much more demanding, but also more exciting than most other corporate function and as a provider of supply chain solutions to modern supply chains, we are right in the middle of the action.
Software for supply chain management is a global business
Global giants like Nike, Coca Cola, Nestlé or Pfizer are not the only companies who operate global supply chains any longer. Today, companies of any size can tap into overseas business networks, and immediately start sourcing and selling globally without the budgets and resources required just a few years ago. Web-based software is enabling the business 2 business world to become more connected than ever before and levelling the playing field of global trade. As a result, it’s more common in supply chain management than in any other field to interact with business partners from all over the world on a daily basis and the software employed must be able to support this through intuitive user design and support for multiple languages.
Supply chain management software is about BIG DATA
In 2013, Harvard Business Review (HBR) named ‘data scientist’ the sexiest profession of the 21st century. A data scientist, according to HBR, is a high-ranking professional with the training and curiosity to make discoveries in the world of big data. The ability to turn big data along the extended supply chain into real-time, actionable business intelligence is quickly becoming a game-changing skill in supply chain management and good supply chain software will capture data for your end-to-end supply chain process and provide reports and business intelligence across the whole supply chain which could be from a source factory right through to delivery to store.
In summary, supply chains form the backbones of the world’s most successful products and services and require the newest supply chain technology to operate smoothly and efficiently. They have to be fast and agile to compete globally and are a prime target for big data analysis. That’s why working in the area of supply chain software could, quite possibly be, one of the sexiest jobs in the world.