Posts by Cornelia Staib:
As the 6th Railway Forum impressively demonstrated, digitization and automation are the predominant topics in the railway industry. And this is true at all levels: From infrastructure technology and supplier management to the customer experience, everything is to be digitized and automated in the future. Under the patronage of Deutsche Bahn, around 1,400 experts from the railway industry met in Berlin at the beginning of October to discuss the current challenges of the future and their possible solutions. Read more
Ralf Knobloch, the SupplyOn Group’s blockchain expert, has been involved with distributed ledger technology since 2013. As the founder of the “Blockchain Meet-Up Saxony”, he is a great believer in regular dialog between research, science, users and society. We spoke to him about the impact of the new technology and about concrete use cases in supply chain management beyond the blockchain hype. Read more
The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), with around 34,000 employees, a transport network of over 3,000 kilometers and almost a half billion passengers per year, is the national railway company of Switzerland, consisting of the four divisions Passenger Transportation, Cargo, Infrastructure and Real Estate. In 2016, the division Passenger Transportation took the initiative to transition the ordering process, until then carried out with high manual effort by email and fax, to a continuous digital process using the RailSupply solution from SupplyOn. The goal of this changeover was to significantly streamline the SBB’s purchasing and procurement logistics. Read more
Many suppliers are still a struggling with unstructured processes when collaborating with customers despite the digital era. TEMA-Fischer GmbH solved this problem many years ago with ZF Friedrichshafen AG in an exemplary way and now handles the most important processes via SupplyOn. This is now also the case with their order processes for Siemens. Every additional customer who takes the same approach to collaboration will increase the benefits for the machining specialist. Read more
The fifth Railway Forum was held in Berlin on August 30/31. Once again, the focus was on the digital transformation that is taking place at all levels.
Artificial intelligence is the topic of the hour. This was not any different at Bosch Connected World. Nearly 3,000 IoT enthusiasts talked about business models and innovations relating to the Internet of Things in Berlin on March 15 and 16, 2017. The top three topics were artificial intelligence, automation and openness. Read more
“Get IoTized” – this was not the official motto of the conference held by the Competence Center Aerospace (CCA) in Kassel, Germany, on February 28, 2017, but it appeared to be the leitmotif of all the presentations at the event. This began as early as the welcome by German Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries, who is, among other things, a strong advocate for the expansion of broadband networks particularly in industrial parks in rural areas of the country to create a technical foundation there for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Read more
70 percent of respondents in a new study on the digitalization of the aerospace supply chain say they are convinced that digitalization can be advanced only if all parties use the same system. But the reality proves to be different. More than 80 percent of the respondents confirm having to use multiple portals to communicate with customers – and this, even though approximately 90 percent of the respondents were convinced that the multitude of different portals undermined the positive effects of digitalization.
The continued digitalization of the supply chain across all levels – as the study also clearly found – is viewed as being one of the most important measures for mastering the future challenges in the aerospace industry. Read more
Robert Bosch GmbH was awarded the “BME-Innovationspreis 2016” for its innovative realignment of indirect procurement – a step which will further strengthen the company’s long-term competitiveness.
Integrated IT solutions form a key element of this realignment – and SupplyOn has made a decisive contribution in this respect: It is only thanks to the interplay between the in-house IT systems and the integrated purchase-to-pay solution from SupplyOn that is possible to tie in thousands of service providers and suppliers of indirect material and capital goods to realize a seamless end-to-end process.
How effective is a sourcing tool that, while it basically covers all conceivable purchasing processes, is so complicated that not all buyers use it, since it requires too much training or because even trained buyers soon forget how to operate it?
The company-wide adoption of a sourcing tool is the only effective way to standardize purchasing processes, adhere to purchasing compliance guidelines and improve the overall efficiency of a purchasing organization. Therefore, SupplyOn’s motto is: as simple as possible, as complex as needed.
This principle is clearly demonstrated by a global plant construction company which has found a tool that covers precisely the required functions in the SupplyOn solution and is reaping the rewards as it is rolled out globally. Read more