Munich, July 23, 2020: The Corona pandemic, with its global production failures, clearly indicates how fragile supply chains can be. In order to avoid bottlenecks, it is important to know your own supply chain down to the last link and to create the necessary transparency. That’s precisely why the digital solutions, consulting, and software company valantic has launched the Connected Chain Manager, a platform for supply chain collaboration. With the CCM, as many suppliers as desired can be connected and the entire supply network can be visualized with all relevant parameters. Thanks to the combination and analysis of this data on a single platform, companies can achieve transparency that spans levels and companies.
valantic’s new Connected Chain Manager (CCM) is a Web-based software as a service (SaaS) platform that uses simple interfaces to connect all partners’ frequently heterogeneous system environments along the entire supply chain.
The CCM can be used by companies of all sizes. Corporate groups, but especially also small and medium-sized companies can use the Connected Chain Manager to connect as many suppliers as desired and thus to visualize the entire supply network with all relevant parameters (e.g. throughput times, BOM information). Thanks to the combination and analysis of this data, companies and participating supply chain partners can achieve transparency that spans levels and companies.
Based on a coordinated structure, the required transaction data, including demand, supply calls, inventories, backlogs, and capacities can be acquired and queried regularly. The information is provided in structured form directly to the Web-based Connected Chain Manager. Depending on the project situation and how critical the situation is, a suitable update interval for the data can be selected – here the bandwidth ranges from several times a day to a weekly notification. This is how companies can cover potential shortfalls and prevent supply bottlenecks proactively.
Instead of communicating via telephone or e-mail, the people in charge communicate directly in the system using a chat function, which makes communication easier and saves time.
In an ideal world, modern production and logistics networks’ first priorities are efficiency, flexibility, process stability, quality, and low costs. This thin line often creates critical supply situations. The Corona pandemic, with its global production failures, clearly indicates how fragile supply chains can be. In order to avoid bottlenecks, you have to know your own supply chain down to the last link and create the necessary transparency.
For in critical supply situations, it is essential to be able to make a quick, meaningful statement about the actual supply situation along the entire supply chain. The data required for this comprehensive approach usually exists, but it is frequently kept only in the monolithic internal information systems of the participating supply chain partners. By combining and analyzing all relevant data, you can make the value creation chain transparent across all company levels with the Connected Chain Manager.
The cloud software can be configured directly online and is therefore ideally suited for situations in which quick transparency along the supply chain counts the most. Right away, entrepreneurial decision-makers are in a position to analyze their current supply situation in detail and right down to the location and material number. This common, transparent data state for all participants in the supply network makes communication easier and ensures that problem-solving can be handled in a controlled manner.
“With the Connected Chain Manager, valantic offers companies of all sizes a collaboration platform that will make cooperation much easier. Our claim is that we make communication and data exchange so easy that the operative processes become more efficient and it is possible to reduce costs,” explains Markus Schedel, Product Manager at valantic.
Markus Schedel, Product Manager, valantic
The modeling of the potentially critical supply chain should be as complex as necessary and as easy as possible.
Capacity and supply planning based on the structure and transaction data available in the system.