Executives see a large gap between the current state of Digital Transformation across their extended global supply chains and what they expect to see five years from today. These are the results of a global research study, ‘The Current and Future State of Digital Supply Chain Transformation’ conducted by Capgemini Consulting and GT Nexus, an Infor company.
Most studies conducted on the topic so far have examined Digital Transformation within organisations, or between organisations and their customers. This new research project is the first of its kind that explores the current state and future of Digital Transformation especially between organisations and all of their partners across the extended value chain.
The study surveyed 337 executives from some of the largest global manufacturing and retail organisations across Europe and North America.
Key findings of the research study include:
Progress has been slow so far
Key technology enablers have been identified, but are not widely used yet
The expected benefits of Digital Supply Chain Transformation include cost reductions for logistics, inventory and maintenance, improvements in customer service and higher overall equipment effectiveness. Digital Supply Chain Transformation is also expected to improve an organization’s agility in the face of disruptions.
Mathieu Dougados, Senior Vice President, Capgemini Consulting said: “75 percent of respondents say Digital Transformation of the supply chain is important, but a massive gap exists today between where companies are today and where they expect to be in just five years from now. “
“Transformation initiatives inside the four walls of the enterprise pose significant challenges within themselves. But in today’s globalized and outsourced world, Digital Transformation can only be successful if companies approach it with a holistic view of their entire value chain. That value chain can include hundreds of partners. So connectivity between partners, cross-company access to data, and the use network-wide analytics become the key focus areas.”
Kurt Cavano, Vice Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer at GT Nexus, said: “Supply chain transformation is a massive undertaking that requires leadership and vision at the C-level, and a holistic transformation approach that fosters automation, connectivity, data sharing and collaboration across the entire value chain,”
“This survey showed that manufacturers and retailers clearly have an idea of where they need to be and what digital technologies will get them there in the next five years. But it’s going to be a real sprint given the current reliance on outdated, analogue technologies such as phone, fax and email to collaborate and execute in the global supply chain. Meanwhile, risk of supply chain disruptions runs high, with an expensive cost to pay.”