Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, the antidote to supply chain disruption

The software implemented by Microsoft will facilitate the monitoring and coordination of supply chain systems with the advantage of taking into account data from Oracle and SAP. This approach will allow companies to optimize their investments with the support of artificial intelligence, low code or even collaboration.

Microsoft tackles supply chain issues head on

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused huge losses to businesses due to global supply disruptions. Most of them have seen their production capacity decline due to delays and shortages of food, semiconductors and many other basic components. Moreover, the change in consumer behavior, the war in Ukraine and bad weather do not seem to be helping matters.

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It is in this difficult context that Microsoft has launched two new services: Microsoft Supply Chain Platform and Microsoft Supply Chain Center. On its website, the company presented the first tool as a supplier of building blocks suitable for Dynamics 365, Azure, Power Platform and Azure. It allows customers to create thousands of connectors, powered by Dataverse, to gain visibility across the entire supply chain. With the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, they will have tools and processors at their fingertips that can provide deeper insights and can integrate their supply chain data and applications.

Companies face petabytes of data spread across legacy systems, ERPs, supply chain management and point solutions, resulting in a fragmented view of the supply chain. Supply chain agility and resilience is directly linked to how organizations connect and orchestrate their data across all relevant systems. Microsoft Supply Chain Platform and Supply Chain Center enable organizations to make the most of their existing investments to gain insight and act quickly said Charles Lamanna, vice president of Microsoft Business Applications and Platform.

Microsoft Supply Chain Center, a centralized view of information

This second tool linked to the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, offered as an example, aims to harmonize data from the supply chain to the manager. Not only does this new entity provide visibility across all systems, it also comes with several features such as the order management module. To better fulfill orders and orchestrate them automatically, Microsoft has equipped the Supply Chain Center with a system that incorporates rules that manage real-time inventory data for omnichannel availability. Thus, companies will save time in processing large orders and will encounter less difficulties in performing related tasks.

Increasingly concerned about supply chain issues, Microsoft recently announced the launch of two new tools: Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Insights. Covid-19 has certainly undermined corporate finance, but at the same time it has also accelerated technological innovations.

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