The Need For 360° Traceabilty

360 Tracability

If you’re part of a regulated industry supply chain whether it’s pharmaceutical, chemicals or food, traceability is a necessary evil. Governing bodies and codes of practice regulate the industry to ensure standards are implemented for consumers, examples include FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 (CFR) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) http://1.usa.gov/1mh3QfJ , FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) http://1.usa.gov/1mh36ay  and the BRC Global Standards http://bit.ly/1mh4Vo2

Just saying “Batch Traceability” sounds really easy, but in reality it’s a complex multi-dimension business issue which touches all parts of the enterprise, and should be managed in a holistic manner.

We all hear the term Big Data and its loose definition of large volumes of data, and its related problems with data capture, storage, search, analysis and visualisation to name but a few. But depending on the industry, product, customer and user, Big Data problems tend to be specific to you!

Searching through batch records and other related data can take time, with input from different departments, when trying to understand the cause and effect, when undertaking a real life recall or a BRC audit. But with the paradigm shift created by SAP HANA, data visualization and predictive analytics totally changes the way users consume data and analyse business problems.

Visualisation is the optimum way to view data, dramatically increasing visibility to help hotspots, while predictive analytics can provide early warning of problems before they arrive, thus reducing time and cost to make timely and informed decisions.

An example of Visualisation would be a traceability dashboard or plotting customers with the defective batch on a google map. While for predictive analysis trending customer complaints indicating a potential product re-call.

ProcessForce  provides relationship map visualisation to tackle the topic of batch traceability. For example, it has helped one of our customers, UK food and beverage producer Evolution Foods support their BRC requirements, ensuring  timely compliance within the reporting timelines.

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“My Business Is Small – So Why Worry About Running Simple?”

“My business is small – so why should I worry about simplifying my business?””

At Signum we hear this a lot from executives at small and even midsize companies. Most are focused on growth, growth, growth – as they should be, especially as competition intensifies.

But many growing businesses eventually hit a wall of operational constraints that limit their ability to deliver goods and services, or branch out into new markets. They simply can’t grow anymore because their business is running on a patchwork of cobbled-together processes, organisational structures, and IT systems that can’t scale and adapt.

Sound familiar?

It’s easy to think that business simplification is something you worry about after your business gets big enough to be complicated. Big companies are notoriously bogged down with overly cumbersome processes and locked into fragmented legacy systems and inflexible network architectures.

But there’s never been a better time for leaders of SMEs to think about business simplification. Run simple, and you can avoid this costly, frustrating scenario entirely – and keep the doors of innovation and growth open now and in the future.

Chart a Better Path to Sustainable Growth by Running Simple

From an IT perspective, this means saying goodbye to deploying stand-alone apps and patching your infrastructure here and there to meet immediate needs. Because over time, it will become overly complex, rigid, and less effective. And it means building a flexible, scalable operational platform that can deliver on your corporate growth strategy.

With the right platform, you can pursue growth while remaining resilient, adapting to market changes swiftly. So as your business grows – and you need to outsource non-core operations, support new business models, sell across multiple channels, and go global (with all of the regulatory, linguistic, currency and other complications that brings) – you can do so with ease.

That’s the power of running simple.

Benefits of business simplification are huge: better customer experiences and retention, higher profits, lower costs, greater employee engagement and retention, increased operational efficiency…the list goes on. They can also react faster to market changes and customer needs, lighten employee workloads, and accelerate time-to-innovation and time-to-market.

SAP solutions for SMEs make it easy for you to run simple. Easy to install and use, they are tailored to your specific business needs so they’ll work for you now – and as you grow.

 

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SMEs Are Reaping the Benefits of Simplification

According to a recent Knowledge@Wharton paper, the need for business simplification has never been more urgent. Even small companies are having to become more global, outsource parts of their operations, create digital businesses that serve many channels, and meet complex tax and compliance requirements.

It’s imperative that as they grow, small and midsize companies fight the natural tendency to create complex business processes that will only bog them down, limit transparency, and rob them of the agility needed to meet demands for change. Because once these processes are in place, they are difficult and costly to unravel.

The most successful high-growth companies are forging a better path – one that will allow them to stay agile, scalable, and responsive, regardless of how big they grow.

As noted in an Economist Intelligence Unit paper, “Scaling SMEs: Building a flexible platform for growth,” many are choosing to deploy business software that supports connected, automated processes and full business transparency. And they are reaping the benefits of simpler, leaner, more efficient operations, even as they grow.

For example, to work more effectively with partners, gain transparency, and support continuing growth, many small and midsize SAP customers are deploying integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. An ERP solution can enhance operations in ways that improve the quality, consistency, and on-time delivery of products and services. It can also provide greater visibility into purchase orders, resulting in better inventory management, data access, collaboration, and customer service. And as a result, these organisations can stay ahead of the competition – both now and in the future.

And other firms are combining an ERP solution designed for growing companies with the SAP HANA platform and analytics in order to accelerate core processes; make faster, more informed decisions; stay ahead of customer demand; and maintain a competitive edge.

These examples aren’t hypothetical. They are reality today for thousands of small and midsize firms who are realising huge returns on their investment in SAP software as a platform for growth. For example, customers have reported:

  • 67% faster monthly accounting and closing cycles (from 6 to 2 days)
  • 2–3 day reduction in days sales of inventory
  • 60% increase in operational efficiency
  • 10% reduction in operational costs
  • 67% improvement in on-time shipping to consumers
  • Automated data entry and credit card processing that saves 40–80 hours per week)
  • Vastly shorter timeframes to train new employees

These kinds of improvements are a direct result of running simpler on business software that centralises, automates, and streamlines information and processes.

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