In the current fast moving business environment, most organisations are striving to operate a more dynamic supply chain to respond to customer demand. In view of the fact that supply chains are increasingly powered by ICT, flexible ICT based solutions are an increasingly important part of supply chain design. It is therefore no surprise that the topic of Cloud Computing is generating strong interest.
Cloud Computing is enabling a wide range of capabilities but it’s uses are very broad and it can be difficult to see where it’s true applications reside.
Nevertheless it is cetain that it is radically reshaping how computing power is sourced and deployed, how information is managed and the economics of supply chain technology.
When evaluating the potential of Cloud Computing, supply chain managers face a number of challenges and it is important to closely consider the fundamental changes that transitioning to the cloud will entail.