SCM Insights, Use Cases
March 23, 2015

Mitigating supply risks: Integrating suppliers and transportation service providers using the SupplyOn notification portal to ensure process reliability

Matching themes: ASN, Inbound Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, supply risks, transport management, Versorgungssicherheit

When it comes to procurement and logistics, all business enterprises at the global level are faced with similar challenges. Procurement and material supply processes are becoming more complex, yet at the same time inventory costs have to be reduced while improving material handling.

In order to achieve effective, sustainable improvements in this environment, precisely coordinated, mutually agreed collaboration between all inbound supply chain partners is an absolute must. You must define and codify processes with your suppliers and transportation service providers to minimize supply chain risks.

You should ask yourself the following questions: Read more

From the Community
March 20, 2015

Supply Chain Excellence Forum 2015: Joint efforts to improve the supply chain – from correction to anticipation

Matching themes: AirSupply, Collaboration, supplier collaboration, Supply Chain

Supply Chain Excellence ForumFor the second consecutive year, Aerospace supply chain managers from BavAiria, but also from other clusters/associations like SPACE and Niedersachsen Aviation met at the Aerospace Industry Park of Oberpfaffenhofen to discuss how to manage the challenges of Tier n in the German Aerospace industry.

In their welcome address, Mr Gundel and Mr Schwarz from the BavAiria welcomed over 150 participants, about 50% of them Aerospace SC managers from Bavaria. In their opening, they made a strong statement that clusters and associations take a responsible role to foster stable supply chains and support process innovations, which are perhaps sometimes neglected, in comparison to product innovations.

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SCM Insights, Technology
March 19, 2015

Industry 4.0, M2M and the Internet of Things and Services: What are the challenges?

Matching themes: Industry 4.0

Group Of Business People Working And Global Networking Themed ImMany studies have examined the opportunities afforded by Industry 4.0, M2M and the Internet of Things and Services. And all of them show that networking aspects of life that are completely independent at this time will yield opportunities that would have read like something from a science fiction novel just ten years ago.

But, as I mentioned in my previous post, we need to bear in mind a few important parameters of crucial importance to the success of the technologies we are discussing here:

Standardization of the information to be transferred (formats, content) and compatibility of the transmission channels.

All the standard activities we are familiar with (and those mentioned above as well) largely use proprietary protocols for data exchange that inevitably involve a certain degree of competitiveness. These protocols are certainly appropriate over the short term and for pilot applications. But: This approach does not work for sustained, large-scale use. A cross-company and professionally operated solution is essential here. Read more

March 18, 2015

Good bait catches fine fish: How to write a specification that wins over the customer

Mit Speck fängt man Mäuse - KundenspezifikationThere is a nice German proverb: Good bacon catches mice. You might think – “So what?” Right, but in German bacon is called “Speck” – pronounced “Shpec” – which can be used as a short word for specification. Therefore I originally called this blog with a spec you catch mice.

Unfortunately that wordplay doesn’t work in English quite well. But I hope you catch the meaning 🙂 .

When we start a software development project nowadays, we start to write a specification. The specification should fulfill many different requirements and at the same time it has to be understandable by developers, testers, and of course for the customer. They are our mice we want to catch.

But how can someone explain complex technical and business combinations in a way that in the end software is created which fulfills the expectations of the customer regarding functionality and quality? In this blog, I want to explain using which models, text patterns, and structures, which group of readers is approachable best. So which mice can be caught best using which bacon 🙂 .

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From the Community
March 6, 2015

Highlights from the 29th Annual Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference in Beverly Hills

Matching themes: Aerospace, Aerospace, AirSupply, Inbound Supply Chain, SCM

Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference 2015

Valuable traditions need to be cultivated, especially in challenging times. This is definitely true for the SpeedNews in Beverly Hills: For the 29th year, SpeedNews held its Annual Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on March 2-4, 2015.

Aircraft and engine manufacturers shared about the status of their current programs and industry experts, including equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, aviation analysts, financial institutions, marketing executives and solution providers discussed current hot topics in the Aerospace industry.

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From the Community
February 13, 2015

How the PNAA mastered the momentum

Matching themes: Aerospace, AirSupply

Pacific Northwest Aerospace Association ConferenceMastering the Momentum – this was the topic for this year’s Pacific Northwest Aerospace Association Conference (PNAA Conference), which just finished today at Lynnwood, State of Washington, in the Northwest of the United States – very close to Seattle and even closer to the Boeing Everett plant, where the aircraft Boeing 747, 777 and 787 are being manufactured.

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SCM Insights, Use Cases
January 20, 2015

Realizing savings potential for indirect purchases

Matching themes: entry of services performed, indirect procurement, Procure-to-Pay, service procurement

Indirekter EinkaufIn many organizations, the optimization of procurement processes and the resulting savings are primarily sought and found in the purchasing of direct materials. Some people still underestimate indirect purchasing and fail to appreciate its significance: “How can I possibly optimize buying a pencil?”

But indirect materials involve much more than pencils, pens, and coffee machines. There are far more important and complex areas, such as the whole of the company’s IT equipment, its office furniture and – not to be underestimated – the procurement of all kinds of services.

It really is well worth thinking about possible process optimizations in the procurement of indirect materials, which can achieve significant procurement savings. Read more

Technology, Use Cases
January 14, 2015

SupplyOn enables requests for quotations with SAP SRM

Matching themes: indirect procurement

Requests for quotations for indirect materials are on the increase, but the related processes are often not continuous. Many companies wrestle with incompatible media because their process, from sourcing to ordering, uses disparate technologies. A lot of them purchase indirect materials using a standard SAP SRM system. Here, detailed workflow rules enable the person creating the shopping cart to handle everything right down to dispatching their order and logging the goods received. But when it comes to inquiries and requests for quotations, there is no cohesive system at all. SupplyOn has now closed this gap!

How does the SupplyOn platform manage to integrate the established RfQ process with your standard in-house SAP SRM system? Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
January 9, 2015

Supply bottlenecks in the procurement of spare parts are a thing of the past

Matching themes: procurement, procurement logistics

procurement of spare partsEspecially in the procurement of spare parts, there are often shortages in the supply chain. The main reason is that ordering and delivery processes are usually manual – i.e., once orders are placed by fax or e-mail, they disappear in a black box until delivery. During that time, you can’t tell whether the supplier has received the order or not, whether they are in a position to deliver on time, when the goods will be shipped, or when they are likely to arrive. Read more

SCM Insights
January 7, 2015

Are you collaborating already, or do you just exchange data?

Matching themes: AirSupply, APQP, Collaboration, Industry 4.0, procurement

In spite of the continuing spread of the Internet and the associated improvements to companies’ electronic networks, business processes are still largely based on the exchange of unstructured data by e-mail or even fax.

This may well surprise us, particularly as the fourth industrial revolution, ‘Industry 4.0,’ was proclaimed some time ago, Read more

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