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BI the Answer to Supplier/Supply Chain Management?  

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There are a few reasons why the nirvana of BI supplier and supply chain visibility is most certainly a noble objective, but one that is unlikely to ever fully take hold outside of a few very expensive, highly customized implementations. For one, BI tools (especially those we think of, which are tied to an underlying data warehouse) mimic the inflexible characteristics of the ERP systems, which generate the data that we need to analyze. In other words, once you “pour the enterprise-data concrete” so to speak, such systems become rigid and unbending and make it difficult to rapidly adopt new data sources into an analysis. Perhaps there’s a new third-party data enrichment that you want to add (one not supported or resold by your BI vendor), or maybe you’ve acquired a new facility from a supplier that is running a different ERP environment. Good luck rapidly adding these new data sources into any BI model.

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Written by Guru Kirthigavasan

February 16th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

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    29 Mar 10 at 8:13 am

  2. I think its not only BI if you could extend BI to predictive analytic and more then it could be


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  3. For the record, BI requires much more validity and reliability testing before it can truly assume a leading role ahead of embedded decision analysis. More empirical evidence is needed to establish the content-validity of BI. More at:

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  4. Supply Chain Management is a wide network for suppliers. The process of this network is start from the basic information, material to the manufacturer to the consumer. The flow of any SCM is given below :
    1. The product flow
    2. The information flow
    3. The finances flow

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