Factors to consider – while choosing a supply chain software

An efficient supply chain management is always empowered by an effective software to manage the
overall supply chain activities of an organization such as supplier relationship, better inventory
management, real-time spend visibility and enhance spare part availability.

Technological advancements through an SCM software will significantly reduce the resource overheads,
thereby reducing people dependency. It is imperative for all asset-intensive organizations to consider
some key factors while choosing a Supply Chain Management software.

Most important factors for Supply Chain Management Software:

  • Compatibility with business: While comparing various SCM software, identify one that will work
    with their current supply chain system. It is unlikely that the organization will be able to get out
    completely unscathed when it comes to data migration and other necessary tweaks in the
    current system. The goal is to find software that is the least disruptive to the current system.
  • Integration with ERP systems: As businesses grow and develop, they adopt various solutions to
    manage their operations, and these tools, such as ERP software, become ingrained into their
    processes over time. It is crucial for asset intensive organizations to select a supply chain
    software that can integrate quickly and seamlessly with existing ERP systems.
  • Supplier Data and Logistics: One should also consider how well the SCM works with their
    suppliers and shippers’ systems. The goal is to find a product that is harmonious with all the
    other systems that their group works with.
  • Highly Customizable: The ability to have high customization options built-in for a particular
    industry. Some of the industries may need a unique supply chain set of features to describe or
    classify and differentiate their inventory. For example, if the industry is in perishable goods, the
    software has to be built to take into consideration of the critical time frames that are involved in
    the storage and warehousing. Other examples include pharmaceutical companies that have to
    be able to take the supply chain from raw materials to the finished products. Luxury items that
    require special serialization or commodities that are highly focused on timelines also have
    special SCM requirements. All these businesses have unique problems that they are trying to
    overcome in the supply chain, but they are all different problems with a different focus.
  • Reliability of the Vendors: The technical history and after sales and becomes the vital aspect while choosing a service provider. Factors such as – how long the vendor has been in the field and it is important to look into the support services provided by the vendor like implementing, upgrading, and maintaining the software to avoid a malfunction that may disturb the Supply Chain process of an organization.
  • User-friendly and intuitive interface: Successful digital transformation of your supply chain depends upon a lot of factors, not least degree to which your organization’s need to adopt emerging technologies with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Salient Features like real-time data sharing, interactive dashboards, and a control center to manage the supply chain status in one touch, are worth considering.

If you’re looking to implement or migrate your ERP / EAM / CMMS software as part of your digital transformation, talk to one supply chain optimization experts and learn more how your software can help in Cost Reduction, Plant Reliability, and Inventory Optimization.

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