Supply Chain Planning Systems: Why Integration Matters

Where will your business be in 30 years?

That’s a tough question for any manufacturer or distributor. So, I’ll make it a little easier on you:

Where will your business be in 10 years?

Still not sure? Fair enough. Can you peg where you’ll be in five years? In three?

No matter how carefully you’re planning your company’s future, you can’t possibly anticipate every change in your marketplace, your industry, your country, and the global economy. And although you’ve put in place the technology that you believe best equips you to deal with today’s challenges while preparing for what you think will come next, the truth is that none of us can see the future with perfect clarity.

That doesn’t mean we should give up and simply take a reactive posture. But it does mean we need to remain open to change in our technology environment.

What Does the Future Hold for Your Business?

Think about the systems you’re using today. You’re probably running your business on a supply chain planning system, an ERP system, shop floor management systems, and other critically important software.

If you’ve chosen wisely and your business remains relatively stable, you may not need to make any major system changes in the foreseeable future. But as you may have noticed, the one constant in business is change.

A few months or couple years from now, your company could find itself involved in a merger or divestiture. Your CEO could announce a major expansion into a new line of business. You could find yourselves on the cutting edge of delivering an entirely new type of product.

At that point, you may be under marching orders to swap out one or more technology systems—and fast. That’s when you could find out that your supply chain planning system is the bottleneck because it only works with one particular ERP system.

What will you do then? What will you tell your executives? How much will your technology workarounds cost you—in stress alone, let alone money?

It’s probably best not to find out.

Why System-Agnostic Is the Way to Go

We at Demand Solutions know all too well how disruptive and even financially devastating it can be to have to make a painful technology change in the midst of heavy business activity. That’s why we’ve designed our supply chain planning solutions to be system-agnostic.

Whether you work with Demand Solutions DS1, DSX, or SaaS, you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll be able to integrate your supply chain planning activities with any of your other key systems. To put it simply, our solutions aren’t mere bolt-ons to other platforms. They’re built to exchange data freely and play nicely with whatever else you have in your server room.

What does this mean to you? A few things:

      • You can lock in your plan in Demand Solutions and then send it to any other system for execution across your enterprise. 
      • You have the freedom to change ERP and shop floor systems as you see fit. 
      • When you do cut over to a new system, you won’t have to shut down your supply chain planning activities. Demand Solutions will stay up and running during your transition.

For nearly 30 years, we’ve given manufacturers and distributors the robust supply chain planning solutions they need while allowing them to work the way they want to work. We don’t know where you’ll be in five years, but we do know we’ll be here ready to support you with the flexible solutions you need.

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