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Supply Chains Must Master Select Technologies to Reach Advanced Digital Maturity

Published: 31 March 2016

ID: G00302952

Analyst(s): Michael Burkett , Michael Dominy , Noha Tohamy , Stan Aronow , Simon Jacobson , Virginia Howard


A select group of emerging technologies is essential to future digital value chains. This research introduces heads of supply chain strategy to these technologies and provides guidance on deriving value at every stage of supply chain digital maturity.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand Your Supply Chain Stage of Maturity to Best Deploy and Exploit Value From Emerging Digital Technology
    • Implement the IoT to Sense a More Granular Level of Data Attributes Within the Supply Chain
    • Use 3D Printing to Produce Custom Product or Tooling, and Provide Agility to Better Serve Unique Customer Demand
    • Use Mobility to Streamline Supply Chain Processes and to Enhance Customer Relationships
    • Deploy Smart Machines to Improve the Quality and Speed of Decision Making
    • Build Analytics Capabilities That Will Capitalize on Rich Datasets to Prescribe Optimal Actions for the Supply Chain
  • Deploy These Digital Capabilities on Top of a Foundation of Core Technology and Develop Plans to Address Cyber Risk

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