Cloud was invented for supply chain collaboration, said e-Logics
Managing Director Johann van der Westhuizen speaking at Cloud
Africa, an event focused on how to harness the potential of Cloud
to further telecommunications and ICT development on the
"The minimisation of total inventory whilst ensuring that
service levels are not compromised is a common supply chain
challenge. This is further complicated by constraints such as lead
times and capacity as well as the cost of different alternatives,"
It has been proven, van der Westhuizen explained that
collaboration between supply chain partners significantly improves
service levels and reduces costs, emphasising that collaboration
requires the sharing of current data and effective communication of
plans and actual activities.
"It is here that a Cloud solution can really add value," he
said. "Such a solution offers the supply chain continuous and
incremental planning. This improves visibility and enables early
service failure detection, which in turn empowers proactive
decisions and ensures the right corrective action."
By sharing (near) real-time data, planning can be successfully
married with execution to enable the concurrent management of the
variability in Demand, Supply and Lead Times. Supply chain
executives, he added are provided with accurate information, which
supports dependent processes and in turn, delivers improved supply
One of the most attractive benefits of managing a supply chain
in the Cloud is the rapid 'time to value'. In other words,
companies are able to shorten the time between migrating management
of the supply chain to the Cloud and gaining operational and
financial benefits from the move.
"A Cloud supply chain management solution holds significant
potential for Africa to leapfrog
the challenges of implementing capital intensive systems and the
IT infrastructure to support it. If used appropriately, the Cloud
will be a major enabler of African economic growth," he said.
On the ground challenges, concluded van der Westhuizen can be
overcome by using the innovation that we have at hand today,
saying: "In the world of logistics and supply chain management, the
Cloud offers such an innovation platform."