Gartner Research

Digital Business Requires Algorithmic Supply Chain Planning

Published: 22 September 2016

ID: G00309636

Analyst(s): Tim Payne


Traditional supply chain planning will not work in a fast-paced digital world. SCP leaders need advanced self-learning and adapting algorithms to automate key parts of supply chain planning and let planners focus on value-added activities by leveraging big data and the economies of connections.

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Impacts and Recommendations

  • Digital business will require SCP leaders to move a significant part of their planning from traditional "conscious" planning to automated "subconscious" planning supported by a range of algorithms
  • Algorithmic planning will result in a significant shift in the role, skills and value-add of supply chain planners
  • The quickening pace of digital business means SCP leaders need to link the supply chain (horizontally and vertically) to gain appropriate visibility and respond rapidly to environmental signals

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