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Digital supply networks
Turn your supply chain into an always-on strategic differentiator
Organizations are achieving operational performance breakthroughs as digital supply networks enable supply network visibility—and unprecedented insights.
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Watch the video | Digital Supply Networks: the digital transformation of supply chains
About our digital supply networks services
The Deloitte Digital Supply Networks offering helps senior executives, including CEOs, CIOs, and supply chain leaders, identify and realize new supply network opportunities while managing their inherent complexities. Together with ecosystem partners, such as Singularity University, GE Digital, and Kinaxis, we immerse clients in the most forward-thinking perspectives on the future of supply chain, including artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, additive manufacturing, and the Internet of Things.
Our practice offers deep industry knowledge in all functional areas of supply chain, coupled with robust end-to-end, cross-functional supply chain experience.
We help organizations transform their supply chains by addressing two key areas:
- Strategy. We help companies create supply network strategies and engage with ecosystem partners that allow the realization of their business vision and aspirations These strategies may differ by business unit, product, and trade channel. We also help clients explore the “art of the possible” through digital supply network immersion sessions.
- Execution. Once the strategy is in place and/or an accretive digital solution is prioritized and chosen, we build, pilot, and deploy the solution(s) using an agile approach. Digitizing the supply network may involve building digital threads that run through each of the existing supply chain nodes, blurring the lines between traditional functions, products, and divisions. We develop and execute on roadmaps that consist of a series of rightsized, rapid “sprints” to quickly deliver incremental value while we continuously iterate and improve.
What are digital supply networks?
Dramatic advances in computing memory and processing are spurring entrepreneurs to develop innovative new digital technologies and capabilities—and ushering in Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. Disruptive technologies, including new sensors and artificial intelligence (also called machine learning and cognitive computing), create the foundation for analytics and a conversion between the physical and digital worlds, transforming traditional, linear supply chains into connected, intelligent, scalable, customizable, and nimble digital supply networks. Digital supply chain management now includes gathering insights from distributed data, sensors, and connected assets to drive actionable improvements via advanced analytical and digital solutions. The Deloitte Digital Supply Networks offering helps companies and business leaders capitalize on this opportunity, create competitive advantage, and compete to win.
Digital Supply Networks: Traditional, linear supply chain nodes are collapsing into a set of dynamic networks, allowing dramatically increased differentiation:
How do digital supply networks work?
Digital supply networks establish a “digital thread” through physical and digital channels, connecting information, goods, and services in powerful ways:
- Physical to digital: Capture signals and data from the physical world to create a digital record
- Digital to digital: Exchange and enrich information using advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to drive meaningful insights
- Digital to physical: Deliver information in automated and more effective ways to generate actions and changes in the physical world
Unlike a traditional supply chain model, digital supply networks are dynamic, integrated, and characterized by a high-velocity, continuous flow of information and analytics.
Deloitte Consulting LLP and HP are working together to accelerate the digital reinvention of global manufacturing and supply chains through additive manufacturing. We combine our leadership in professional services and digital supply chain transformations worldwide with HP’s award-winning Multi Jet Fusion technology. Together, our goal is to help customers accelerate product design, speed production, create more flexible supply chains, and optimize the manufacturing lifecycle.
Read more on the key solutions we use to help our clients realize the power of incorporating additive manufacturing into their digital operations.
Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are connecting digital and physical worlds in innovative ways—with breakthrough business results.
How can digital supply networks benefit my business?
The Deloitte Digital Supply Networks offering can help your team turn your supply chain into a competitive differentiator with the potential to achieve results such as:
Explore Deloitte Thought Leadership on Digital Supply Networks
Read the following collection of articles for the latest business insights, analysis, and perspectives from Deloitte thought leaders on the topic of Digital Supply Networks.
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|The rise of the digital supply network: Industry 4.0 enables the digital transformation of supply chains
Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, is characterized by new technologies that blur the lines between physical and digital worlds—driving real-time access to new and existing data sources. This digital revolution is likely changing the way products are designed, created, and delivered to customers—and it has tremendous implications for the supply chain.
|Drowning in data, but starving for insights: Starting the digital supply network journey with legacy systems
Implementing a digital supply network (DSN) doesn't always mean that companies have to rip out and replace legacy systems. Instead, they can bring together and organize the data already existing in these systems to generate valuable insights that drive the DSN.
Digital Supply Networks: Procurement
|The future of procurement in the age of Digital Supply Networks
Over the past two decades, the main mission of procurement has broadened from cost leadership and assurance of supply to strategic insights for decision making. Disruptive technologies—mobile computing and the cloud, constant connectivity, and sensors that enable devices and machines to form the internet of things—are now paving the way for new applications and capabilities across the supply chain that will enable procurement to offer even more strategic value.
Digital Supply Networks: Life Sciences
|The digital edge in life sciences: The business case for digital supply networks
Digital supply networks in life sciences can address challenges with optimal management of inventories, reliability, and visibility of products moving across the supply chain, or operations efficiencies and product yields. In view of the forces affecting life sciences—pricing pressures, the emergence of value-based and personalized medicine, and the expectations of customers and regulators—creating a life sciences digital supply network can be a logical new opportunity to deliver value.
Digital Supply Networks: Future of Work
|The digital supply network meets the future of work: People, machines, and a new era of collaboration
For companies looking to implement digital supply networks, the future of work could involve human-machine teaming that creates new, distinct roles for human workers, allowing them to add value based on their own unique strengths.
|A day in the life of a Digital Twin Engineer
What will jobs look like in the digital era? Job rules and the nature of work are changing in what’s called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
|Making maintenance smarter: Predictive maintenance and the digital supply network
Poor maintenance strategies can substantially reduce a plant’s productive capacity. As machine parts are taken offline for servicing, many organizations face the challenge of weighing lost production time against the risks of breakdowns. Predictive maintenance could be a solution.
|Industry 4.0 and the digital twin
As manufacturing processes become increasingly digital, the digital twin is now within reach. By providing companies with a complete digital footprint of products, the digital twin enables companies to detect physical issues sooner, predict outcomes more accurately, and build better products.
|The smart factory: Responsive, adaptive, connected manufacturing
The smart factory represents a leap forward from more traditional automation to a fully connected and flexible system—one that can use a constant stream of data from connected operations and production systems to learn and adapt to new demands.
|Embracing a digital future: How manufacturers can unlock the transformative benefits of digital supply networks
Manufacturers slow to implement digital supply networks may risk being left behind. But how can company leaders know which digital technologies will yield the most business value, or whether the time is right to invest in making a change?
|Synchronizing the digital supply network: Using artificial intelligence for supply chain planning
AI is driving the evolution of interconnected digital supply networks. This change can help supply chain managers be more dynamic, flexible, and efficient in their planning and execution.
|Distinctive traits of digital frontrunners in manufacturing: Embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Manufacturers must achieve digital maturity across their broader enterprises. A Deloitte study of organizations that are taking the lead shows the steps needed to achieve digital maturity.
|The Industry 4.0 Paradox
Deloitte’s research on how companies are investing in Industry 4.0 to enable digital transformation revealed paradoxes in several areas, including strategy, supply chain, talent, and investment.
|Forget fail fast: Digital supply networks and the journey to successful implementation
As companies begin to use digital supply networks, they face challenges in scaling pilots to an enterprise level. Moving beyond the mantra of "fail fast" to a more customized approach may be the solution.
The Deloitte Digital Supply Networks offering helps senior executives, including CEOs, CIOs, and supply chain leaders, identify and realize new supply network opportunities while managing their inherent complexities. Our practice offers deep industry knowledge in all functional areas of supply chain, coupled with robust end-to-end, cross-functional supply chain experience.
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