Intelligent Supply Chain Company©
Intelligence implies a lot of things and it happens to be a moving target. As soon as we figure out how it is done or what it is then it no longer requires intelligence. So, what does “intelligent” mean? From dictionary, Intelligence is the ability to learn facts and skills and apply them, especially when this ability is highly developed. We try to examine this question and explain what we mean by saying that Adexa’s supply chain planning solutions are intelligent.
Supply chains have changed since 20 years ago:
• Complex and large
• Supply chains are dynamic, changing all the time
• Each implementation needs to be configured to a business process unique to the client vs.
• Velocity of business increasing—Real-time Operation is a requirement
• The line between planning and execution is now becoming more and more blurry
• Responsiveness Vs Execution which is reliability
But none of the above requires intelligence of the solutions. What Adexa does differently is the ability of the applications to self-improve and self-repair. In other words, the ability to adapt to their environment. Thus as the business changes or conditions change then the application changes with the environment in which it is operating. More specifically, Adexa has the following properties:
• Organically evolved to work together and to talk to each other-left part knows what the right part is doing
• Ability to predict the future and to make the right decisions
• Ability to adapt
• Ability to learn from its experiences (Artificial Intelligence techniques)
• Do it fast enough (given time anything is possible)—scalable
• Distributed agents, know where to look for an answer
Thus, our definition of intelligence is to adapt and thrive based on experiences and dynamically change the model of the world around you as it changes so that more optimized decisions are made.
1st generation SCP systems were factory planning systems or APS, introduced in mid-80’s followed by supply chain planning as the next generation. More recently the 3rd generation introduced sales and operations in an integrated environment which was later improved to the 4th generation by adding financials into the equation forming the 4th generation of SCP systems.
One way to define intelligence is the ability to predict the outcome of different circumstances and/or construct a scenario to get the desired outcome. If all the situations are pre-defined and outcomes are pre-established then this would require less or no intelligence.
The word “intelligent” is used commonly to indicate how well a software package was designed to respond to different conditions. The more conditions it is programmed to handle, then the more, so is claimed, intelligent is the software package.
If the next 10 years bears even the same kind of growth and innovation that we have experienced in the past decade, then we are going to be witnessing an incredible era in transformation of supply chains and how the age of real-time connectivity will create virtually instant delivery of what we desire.
You don’t have to be an evolution scientist or even a believer to know that being big does not necessarily imply strength and endurance. I t does not even guarantee survival. There are numerous examples that indicate the survivors and successful species continue to grow because of two specific reasons that they all have in common: Tools and ability to react and respond.
Learning systems in AI are intended to make software more and more intelligent by learning from its environment. As an example, given a model of supply chain of a company, it must have the capability to constantly improve as the company changes.