IBM has announced its new integrated supply chain suite to help make global supply chains smarter and more efficient.
The new suite named ‘IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite’ has been built on the foundations of Sterling B2B Network and Sterling Order Management. It will enable businesses to integrate critical data, business networks and supply chain processes with IBM’s Watson AI, IBM Blockchain and IoT to provide new competitive advantages as it learns from experience.
In addition to the suite IBM will provide a secure, open platform with hybrid-cloud support that will enable users to integrate data and networks from suppliers, customers and the company itself into the suite for greater reliability, transparency and security.
“Supply chains are now mission-critical systems for all businesses to drive success and profitability,” said Bob Lord, Senior Vice President, Cognitive Applications and Developer Ecosystems, IBM. “Many organisations have risen to the top of their industries by building efficient and agile supply chains. By modernising supply chains on top of open, hybrid-cloud platforms and infusing Watson AI, IBM Blockchain and IoT into their networks, the IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite can help companies across all industries enter a new era of global competitiveness.”
Current IBM Sterling clients include: Adidas, AmerisourceBergen, Fossil, Greenworks, Home Depot, Lenovo, Li & Fung, Misumi, Parker Hannifin, Scotiabank, Whirlpool Corporation and El Corte Ingles.
“The complex, global nature of our omni-channel operations presents a significant supply chain challenge that could be turned into a business opportunity, if the right technology is applied,” said Juan Andres Pro Dios, CIO, El Corte Ingles. “The IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite provides open development capabilities that let us quickly tailor solutions to meet our unique business needs. This allows us to embrace operational complexity while optimizing operational performance and improving omni-channel customer experiences.”
IBM believes in the importance of open, trusted collaboration. “The global economy is becoming more reliant on the interaction between connected companies […] the potential business value of the modern supply chain has never been higher” said IBM.