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Cloud computing has the potential to help the supply chain transform itself to become more dynamic in response to market needs.
However, supply chain executives need to consider six questions as they plan their organizations’ progress along the road to high performance.
Cloud computing is already being used successfully in a range of ways by companies in search of high performance. Indeed, as supply chains are increasingly powered by information technology, cloud computing can potentially enable the flexibility to respond to customers’ constantly-shifting demands.
However, while cloud computing could generate significant benefits for the supply chain, there are many challenges. In addition, the media hype around the subject can make it hard to assess cloud computing’s true potential.
Accenture believes that the possible benefits are significant, and that supply chain executives must make the effort to make a detailed assessment independent of their IT departments. To assist, Accenture has identified six questions executives should be asking in order to narrow their inquiries without succumbing to superficiality, and to begin identifying the real opportunities and risks of cloud computing.
The six questions Accenture believes that supply chain executives should ask are:
Cloud computing is too important to leave to technologists. Supply chain executives should take the first steps:
Executives of companies that provide supply chain services should take the following steps:
Accenture has decades of experience in helping companies use new technologies to drive high performance. Contact us to find out how we can help your company develop the right cloud strategy, whether you are a consumer or a supplier of supply chain services.
Thomas Schramm is an executive in the Accenture Management Consulting practice and leads the Supply Chain Management service line within Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. He was formerly the global lead for the Service Management practice.
Jonathan Wright is an executive in the Accenture Management Consulting practice, and leads the Supply Chain Management service line within Southeast Asia, Australia, and Korea. He was formerly the global lead for the Fulfillment practice.
Dirk Seng is an executive in the Accenture Supply Chain Management service line. He focuses on transportation management and order management and leads the Accenture Order Management offering in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Derek Jones leads the Research and Development department for the Supply Chain Management Service Line.
December 3, 2010
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