Supply chain automation is the use of modern technologies to connect applications, improve efficiencies and streamline processes within supply chain operations. Organizations need to identify various weaknesses in their supply chains. Supply chain networks are rife with repeatable, process-oriented, and error-prone tasks, ranging from manual documentation errors to picking and stocking errors, shipping and receiving errors, and much more. In the post-pandemic world, supply chain leaders are making more efforts toward eliminating these weaknesses and improving their supply chain operations. Supply Chain Automation is a promising solution for companies to save time, money and resources.
Automation is an effective way of enhancing existing supply chain processes and introducing new ones. Supply chain leaders are realizing the benefits of automation; therefore, from 2015 to 2019, the supply chain automation market grew 10.3% each year, and this growth is projected to double by 2026. Gartner expects supply chain autonomy in 10+ years with hyper automation initiatives in the supply chain. As a result, organizations need to focus more on automating their operations to overcome the weaknesses in their supply chains and remain competitive.
What are the problems with Supply Chain Automation?
The challenges of Supply Chain Automation are mainly related to the cost and complexity of implementing it. The cost includes hardware and software, plus integration costs which can be high for large companies with many different systems. The complexity is related to the need to change existing processes, procedures, and business models.
Infinyon has a set of capabilities to help support Supply Chain Automation via Infinyon Cloud - a unified platform for real-time event streaming and data transformation, which allows companies to stream and process data from different sources in real-time. Moving, transforming and cleaning the data during the streaming process is easily done using SmartModules. We help to minimize and simplify software and infrastructure costs associated with supply chain automation.
How do we solve the Supply Chain Automation problem?
Infinyon provides a set of tools to enable building data streaming pipelines for predictive Supply Chain Automation and analytics in general:
- Fluvio streaming platform in Infinyon cloud
- MQTT connector to collect data from various sensors
- HTTP, Kafka and Postgres connectors to stream data from different sources
- SQL connector to load transformed data into SQL-compatible server
- Smartmodules to clean, transform, filter and aggregate data on Fluvio stream without the need to move data in and out of the streaming platform.
- Smart module Hub to be able to reuse smartmodules with data transformations throughout the whole organization in a controlled and governed way.
Reference Architecture Diagram
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