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Supply Chain Orchestrators and Federated Business Models:

The following articles and presentations cover the concepts of the Federated Enterprise and the role of the Supply Chain Orchestrator. To learn more about how ChainLink Research can help you with Supply Chain Orchestration, please contact us via email or call us.

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  • Growing the Network Effect Beyond T&E / SAP Concur's Big Idea for a New Network, and Other Highlights from Fusion 2019 -- SAP Concur recently launched SAP Business Exchange. The vision is bold: to provide an SMB community—across all of SAP and beyond to non-SAP customers—that aggregates purchasing power, provides peer benchmarking, facilitates collaboration, and promotes corporate responsibility. Also at Fusion, we heard about SAP Concur's continuing progress towards the expense report that writes itself, their use of AI/ML, and other innovations enabling SAP Concur's clients to simultaneously achieve compliance and employee satisfaction in T&E processes.
  • The Rise of the Agile Networked Platform -- New networked technology platforms are co-evolving with new networked business models, together enabling companies to rapidly find, assess, and integrate with trading partners.
  • Supply Chain Renaissance -- Supply Chain inter-enterprise platforms support end-to-end transactions and collaboration.
  • Meeting the Outsourcing Challenge -- Our latest research explores the key reasons why companies outsource their manufacturing and/or logistics, the challenges they face, and how they are overcoming those challenges.
  • Supply Chain Market - Continued -- We take a look at the role of purpose-driven supply chain platforms in attaining Omni-channel.
  • Extending Manufacturing Visibility through the Cloud -- Visibility to outsourced operations remains a challenge for most manufacturers...
  • Omni-Channel Inventory: Getting the Big Picture -- Retailers want to provide a great omni-channel experience. This requires a foundation of precise, real-time inventory visibility all the way from the supplier to the end consumer and everywhere in between.

Supply Chain Orchestration Series: (Parts 1-3)

    • Supply Chain Orchestration: Part 1 -- For some companies, managing only their immediate suppliers is not sufficient. Brand owners whose reputation and competitiveness is on the line for the performance and social compliance of the whole chain are increasingly taking on the role of Supply Chain Orchestrator, coordinating key activities across multiple tiers of their supply chain.
    • Supply Chain Orchestration: Part 2 -- One important way that Supply Chain Orchestrators manage multiple tiers is sourcing and buying on behalf of their suppliers. Learn how and why that is done.
    • Supply Chain Orchestration: Part 3 - Multi-Tier Procurement -- Throughout much of its history, Ford was a vertically integrated company, owning its own supply chain assets all the way back to raw materials facilities such as steel mills and rubber plantations. And although they have transitioned to a highly-tiered virtual enterprise model, Ford has sought to "have their cake and eat it too," maintaining or regaining some of the benefits of their original vertically integrated model. Here we examine another aspect of Ford's attempt to get vertical integration benefits from a multi-tier supply chain - specifically, how they buy steel on behalf of their entire supply chain.
  • Managing Supply Risk - Multi-Tier Supply Chain Risk -- Some companies manage risks beyond their immediate suppliers, to include multiple tiers of their supply chain.

  • Looking Forward: Outsourcing and the Age of Rapid Startups and Hyper-specialization -- Technology is enabling ever more rapid formation of multi-entity project teams, distribution of finely-grained tasks, and a growing set of resources for rapidly starting new enterprises. The overall impact is positive for the world economy and individual firms.

  • Supply Chain Orchestrator - Management of the Federated Business Model in this Second Decade -- The authors look back at the supply chain business model design concepts they wrote about in the First Decade, and forward to the evolution of that business model in the Second Decade.
  • Governance of Federated Business Models -- In the old vertically integrated business, the CEO articulated the strategy to get the functions in synch. But a virtual business, which consists of many enterprises, does not have a CEO. Instead, it is governed by a series of relationships...
  • Virtual vs. Federated Supply Chains: A Definition -- One wouldn't think of George Lucas as a supply chain visionary, but if you check out the Star Wars Data Bank, you'll find an intriguing parallel for the Supply Chain evolution towards a Federated model.
  • Supplier Parks - Back to the Future -- As supply chains become increasingly integrated and synchronized, we are witnessing the evolution of the business/production models (in some industries) that merge virtual integration with elements of the older vertically integrated enterprise.
  • Presentation: The Convergence of Customer Outcomes & Supply Chain Models -- PDF of Lonnie Childs' Presentation on the evolving supply chain business models and how they help deliver outcomes, presented at Parallax Views 2005 (Banff).