Supply Chain Solutions in the Cloud

Supply Chain Control Towers

From real-time visibility to automation and machine learning

What is a Supply Chain Control Tower?

Capgemini offers a good, broad definition for supply chain control towers: “A supply chain control tower is a central hub with the required technology, organization, and processes to capture and use supply chain data to provide enhanced visibility for short and long term decision-making that is aligned with strategic objectives.” (Source: Capgemini Consulting)

Supply Chain Control Towers

However, until recently, supply chain control towers have been all about providing visibility to your immediate trading partners. But with the development of multi-party, consumer-driven networks, advanced control towers now provide real-time visibility, collaboration and powerful AI capabilities to move beyond decision-support to decision-making and autonomous control. Intelligent control towers are helping orchestrate entire value networks to run smarter and faster and delivering bigger benefits for all trading partners. Watch the video Inside Control Tower 4.0 for an explanation of of the evolution of supply chain control towers and what they offer.

“One Network’s Real Time Value Network is unmatched among other control tower solutions.” Seth Lippincott, Nucleus Research

Key Benefits of Control Towers

  • Visibility gain real-time, end-to-end visibility
  • 90% reduction in shortages/stock-outs
  • 75% reduction in expediting costs
  • 100% and more increase in inventory turns
  • 100% increase in on-time shipments

Key Capabilities of Control Towers

Control towers offer considerable benefits and capabilities, from end-to-end visibility to advanced automation. Here are some of the key capabilities to look for in a control tower solution:

  • End-to-end Visibility – visibility across supply chain partners, including suppliers, contract manufacturers, transportation carriers, third-party logistics
  • Collaborative information sharing – share information and collaborate in real-time
  • Early warning alerts and exception management – resolve supply chain disruptions before they disrupt your business
  • Predictive and prescriptive decision-support – using predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • Autonomous decision-making and control – take the robot out of the human and boost productivity
  • Cognitive – the self-correcting supply chain with decision-making and machine learning

Learn more about supply chain control towers with the resources below.

Resources on Supply Chain Control Towers

Supply Chain Control Towers with Nucleus Research

Learn more about control towers at All About Supply Chain Control Towers, a brief guide to supply chain control towers, including:

  • Inside Control Tower 4.0 a webinar with Nucleus Research on the evolution to today’s advanced network-based control towers
  • Video Interview: Q&A on Control Towers with supply chain expert Shirell James
  • Webinar: Supply Chain Control Towers- Separating Fact from Fiction, supply chain veterans, Alain Poirier and Mark Zelenak, discuss the details of what control towers can and can’t accomplish, and suggest several best practices to keep in mind when choosing supply chain technology.
  • White Paper: The Truth About Supply Chain Control Towers cuts through the hype to examine the facts about control towers.