There was a lot of interest and commentary on my last post on the Automating of Routine Collaborative Decisions in S&OE. So much that I decided to do a webinar with my colleguae Ruan Van Vuuren.
Especially the below schematic got a lot of reactions. It shows for a large global beverage business, what decisions could be automated in the S&OE horizon. Although for every industry and business it has to be assessed what decisions could, should, or should not be automated, it is a very good conversation starter.
It also requires a shift in mindset and some self-reflection
It requires to ask yourself the questions. What am I good in that a machine can’t do? What could the machine do better, faster, more accurate, at a larger scale than me? As Kasparov said: “This is a new form of collaboration where we recognize what we’re good at and not interfere with machines where they’re superior… …even if it hurts our pride.”
The planning & execution automation gap left on the table by APS and BI in the last 20 years is enormous. The supply chain planner uses better systems than 20 years ago for sure, but compared to the automation of the physical supply chain, the automation of planning & execution tasks and decisions has stayed behind dramatically.
Having worked since 2000 with APS, implementing it in over 15 countries for global companies and conducting many system selections for clients, I really believe intelligent automation can close this gap.
Decision Intelligence creates a more efficient & resilient supply chain for sure. But maybe more important, it will automate the boring, frequent, repetitive, decisions and actions, enabling the planner to focus on value add and strategy.
Join me and my colleague Ruan Van Vuuren in our upcoming webinar on Nov 29th, where we will discuss this in further detail.
Hope to see you there