Presented by Seidor Africa

Revolutionising supply chain visibility and collaboration

 ·20 Mar 2024

In an era where supply chain disruptions are routine and the demand for sustainable operations is on the rise, businesses must adopt cloud-based supply chain management platforms.

Andre Adendorff, Director for Presales at Seidor Africa, believes it is critical for organisations involved in manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, and retail to have end-to-end visibility of their supply chains.

“This visibility is not just critical for keeping up with today’s fast-paced business environment but also for adapting swiftly to evolving market conditions,” said Adendorff.

The benefits of cloud-based systems

According to Adendorff, companies can achieve a comprehensive and real-time perspective of their internal operations and external partnerships through cloud-based systems.

“The agility, resilience, and innovation that cloud-based systems foster is invaluable, especially considering the rapidly changing business opportunities and challenges,” said Adendorff.

“Cloud-based systems also promote robust collaboration, both within the company and with external partners, proving vital in the face of supply chain interruptions.”

Furthermore, the immediate data sharing enabled by cloud connectivity helps businesses mitigate waste, exceed customer expectations, and heighten operational efficiency.

The scalability of cloud solutions is equally impressive, as they allow you to keep everyone connected – even as your business grows, and when you need to link departments across borders and time zones.

Choosing the right cloud ERP

As a result of these benefits, the trend towards unified supply chain platforms is on the rise.

With more businesses looking for the right platform, Adendorff believes businesses should be wary of a solution’s downsides – such as vendor lock-in and excessive features.

Instead, businesses should look for platforms that offer flexibility and integration with existing systems to form a more robust solution.

He suggests that smaller businesses consider pre-configured ERP systems grounded in industry best practices for quick implementation.

Businesses can then build upon these platforms to meet the next wave of transformation in supply chain management.

Advanced technologies

The more advanced pre-configured ERP solutions are equipping professionals with the tools they need to transform data into actionable insights and improve key decision-making processes.

To achieve these outcomes, the integration of AI and blockchain technology is becoming a strategic focus.

“AI not only elevates automation and data-driven decisions but also fosters a significant move towards global collaboration,” Adendorff said.

In the current dynamic business landscape, real-time data also powers agile operations, ensuring transparency in supply chains, cost efficiency, operational excellence, and reputational advantages.

By leveraging cloud platforms, organisations not only streamline their daily operations but also fortify themselves against supply chain disruptions and build in innovation to cater to the evolving needs of their customers.

Contact Seidor Africa to learn more about implementing SAP Business One.

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