Technology Record - Issue 26: Autumn 2022

88 V I EWPO I NT Supply chain digital transformation Why it’s not too late to digitally transform business operations and move towards an optimised supply chain The ongoing pandemic, environmental disturbances, geopolitical issues, and their associated impacts on supply and demand continue to wreak havoc on the businesses of retail suppliers, distributors and manufacturers. To overcome these challenges, today’s most successful companies are optimising the portions of their supply chains that they can control while exploring additional ways to improve those they cannot. Paper-based processes and spreadsheets can no longer support the amount of data required for supply chain optimisation, nor the speed at which we must consume and comprehend it. And using manual labour in areas that can greatly benefit from automation is increasingly hard to justify. The good news is that it is not too late to move toward a digitally transformed supply chain. Transforming your supply chain operations does not have to be a daunting experience. You can start by prioritising your most pressing area and streamlining the corresponding business processes to get the actionable information you need. Once you’ve increased visibility into one part of your supply chain operations, you can move on to the next priority area. Today more than 140,000 users around the globe rely on Lanham Associates’ comprehensive solutions for their supply chain productivity. From demand planning to tracking on-the-water inventory, receiving, warehousing, shipping, and electronic data interchange (known widely as EDI), Lanham’s solutions are all offered in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Since they share the same user interface, document structure, business logic and storage as Business Central, Lanham apps enable quick start-up and deliver a much shorter time-tovalue than many similar automation options. The solutions are also designed to work together, giving customers the flexibility to start anywhere and add more apps as their business needs grow. Supply chain digital transformation doesn’t have to be overwhelming, but the longer you wait, the further behind you will fall. Mary Lanham is chief operating officer at Lanham Associates MAR Y L ANHAM : L ANHAM A S SOC I AT E S