Digital Supply Networks book

Transform your supply chain and reimagine processes

Digital technologies are quickly transforming supply chain management processes. To remain competitive, organizations must digitize their demand-supply systems, create connected processes, and leverage data-driven decision-making to create a fully integrated digital supply network (DSN).

About the “Digital Supply Networks” book

The evolution of digital technologies is fundamentally changing the world around us. From artificial intelligence to additive manufacturing and blockchain, technology is converging to enable the automation of key business functions, providing organizations with an opportunity to rethink and transform their flow of supplies. No longer is a traditional linear supply chain model enough to compete in today’s fast-moving digital business environment. Organizations must evolve their existing processes to embrace emerging digital technologies to transform their linear supply chain into a concurrent digital supply network.

In the book, Digital Supply Networks, authors Rafael Calderon, Amit Sinha, Ednilson Bernardes, and Thorsten Wuest examine the influence new technologies have on supply chain management processes and best practices. Drawn from real-world experience and academic research, the Digital Supply Networks book provides an in-depth account of the move to virtually connected supply chain management networks.

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Digital supply networks to drive value

Organizations that have embraced and leveraged digital transformation for enterprise-level optimization are realizing unprecedented value. Driven by game-changing technologies, the new wave of industrial and economic progress is challenging the assumptions, limitations, and mental models of traditional supply chain management—and Digital Supply Networks can help you capitalize on it.

The Digital Supply Networks book is a groundbreaking guide that details information and insights you need to concurrently plan, execute, and enable digital supply chains. It discusses the impact disruptive technology is having on supply chain management processes and practices, providing deep dives into:

  • Traditional supply chain management (SCM) processes, its advantages, new opportunities, and digital transformation
  • Illustration of DSN (reimagined SCM) processes
  • Cutting-edge technologies, which can intelligently automate the organizational processes

    - Big data and data analytics

    - Machine learning, AI, robotics, and blockchain
  • Synchronized planning and product development
  • Intelligent supply
  • Smart manufacturing and asset management
  • Connected customer and dynamic fulfillment
  • Workforce, skill changes, and social impact
  • A transformation and strategy playbook
  • Use cases and guidance from leading adopters

With the Digital Supply Networks book, you can effectively transition from a linear-based approach to a dynamic network approach and create an unbeatable competitive edge. By reimagining how to organize and run the value chain, transforming existing processes, and strategically combining new elements of digital technology, you can unlock the potential for extraordinary value creation.

Praise for Digital Supply Networks

In a digital economy, connected by the cloud through ubiquitous smart devices and data-enabled actions, understanding and implementing a digital supply network is the lifeblood of the system. The authors elegantly illustrate how major advances in technologies must be orchestrated in new ways to power the rapidly evolving and real-time demands of supply chain management. The insights are both provocative and actionable, providing the reader with a road map for implementation.

—Brad D. Smith, executive chairman, Intuit

An important and timely subject that most companies are grappling with!

—Yossi Sheffi, director, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

The digital transformation will unlock new opportunities and hence needs to be the key strategic topic for organizations. A fascinating read for executives who intend to drive the digital journey using the emerging technologies.

—Diana Volks, head of supply chain management, Bayer

The COVID-19 pandemic shows us that in times of increasing complexity and speed, we depend on transparency, fast reaction, or even prediction to reduce the vulnerability of our entirely globalized supply chains. And digitalization is key to gain this required level of transparency and anticipation. This book provides helpful insights, explaining more technical details in a digestible manner.

—Stefan Waskow, partner, head of procurement and quality, Volkswagen Consulting

Often the journey of a reimagined integrated supply chain will enable cross-functional collaboration and surface new insights and surprises. It is important for the organization’s leadership, from the shop floor to the boardroom, to embrace the new end-to-end intelligence and focus on how to accelerate results. The rewards are well worth the endeavor. Digital Supply Networks provides a valuable transformational road map for your organization’s journey.

—Bob Gorski, former executive vice president, Kraft Foods, and former vice president global supply chain, Procter & Gamble

Excellent hand-on playbook focusing on technology and process change to guide your digital transformation of the supply chain.

—Jeff Fleck, chief supply chain officer, Georgia Pacific

About the authors

Rafael Calderon is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has 20 years of industry and consulting experience helping global companies drive operations performance through large-scale growth and efficiency initiatives. He has worked extensively with global multimatrixed organizations, helping them become more agile, growth-oriented, and able to embrace the advent of omnichannel while managing operational costs and asset efficiency.

Amit Sinha is a specialist leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP with 16 years of experience in leading supply chain transformation, enterprise architecture, technology adoption, and organization change management. He has led numerous business transformation projects for global organizations and has authored multiple books and research papers in the areas of supply chain management, integrated business planning, intelligent enterprises, and SCM talent. He is currently leading various initiatives and assignments related to digital supply networks and digital transformations for generating value for the firm, employees, stakeholders, and societies.

Dr. Ednilson Bernardes is a professor and coordinator of the Global Supply Chain Management program at West Virginia University. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the Journal of Business Logistics. He is associate editor of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Dr. Thorsten Wuest is an assistant professor at West Virginia University and J. Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow in Engineering at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. His research emphasizes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach toward analysis and optimization. His work has been featured in Forbes, Futurism, the World Economic Forum, CBC Radio, World Manufacturing Forum, and numerous academic journals.

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Deloitte collaborated with the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) to develop a new standard reference model for supply chain, helping organizations develop digital capabilities to increase efficiency, drive results, and enhance performance. Learn more about the Digital Capability Model for Supply Networks today.

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