By Efe Udin
Over the past year, there have been several disruptions in the supply chain of many companies. There are several reasons for the break in the supply chain. The pandemic did a lot of damage and many companies had to close down. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine also disrupted some companies’ supply chains. There have been issues with the weather which is also causing supply chain breaks. To help customers track and coordinate supply chain systems, Microsoft launched a new system. This is the Microsoft Supply Chain Center. This solution integrates data from multiple projects. It also integrates tools from Oracle, SAP SE and other partners.
Microsoft Supply Chain Center incorporated several tools
Microsoft Supply Chain Center is currently available in Beta. It is designed to provide customers with a central view of existing applications, and information from Microsoft and other suppliers. Its supply and demand insights use artificial intelligence to predict shortages and supply bottlenecks. Furthermore, there are order management tools to organize and automatically fill orders.
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The center also integrates chat and conferencing software, Microsoft Teams. This is to facilitate communication between corporate personnel and external suppliers. The center includes facilities and services from partners such as CH Robinson Worldwide Inc. and FedEx Corporation.
Since 2020, supply chain issues across industries have resulted in severe losses. These losses run into billions of dollars. The system accelerates the need to better track which parts are likely to be in short supply. It can also tell you when these parts will be short in supply. Then, it advises on how to work around the challenge. Many companies, especially those in the automotive industry, are severely hampered by a lack of insight into supply chains. This is mostly so for basic components such as semiconductors.
Charles Lamanna, vice president of Microsoft, said: “The need for business honesty may not be as urgent as it is now. Everything is changing, and this is the current state of global business. Supply chains that are supposed to be “elastic” are not as flexible as they seem”.