The chief executive officer (CEO) and his/her C-suite level executive team could be forgiven should they currently be experiencing data fatigue or any other number of symptoms that come from an overabundance of big data, calls to build smart factories, or the feeling of always being one step behind the rapid adoption of Industry 4.0 strategic planning.
But before succumbing to such anxieties should the world of business ever truly achieve this state of being, corporate leaders must first recognize the opportunity that exists in driving the adoption of fully-automated production means, or, rather, bridging the physical to digital divide.
No space is more postured for this next industrial revolution than supply chain and logistics management as many long-standing technologies are already operational within the cyber-physical space (CPS) to include Hanhaa’s ParceLive software and hardware solution.
Read on to learn more about how ParceLive combines not only well-established tracking technology with new advances in multi-platform application programming, but also partners with CEOs and the like so as to ensure a successful completion of their firm’s own Industry 4.0 change management journey.
CPS and the in-house user:
In considering the current operational space, or that which is somewhere between Industry 3.0 and Industry 4.0, it is important for the C-suite as well as frontline managers to understand exactly what constitutes a CPS threat, opportunity, weakness, or strength and to act accordingly.
Quickly, CPS is exactly as the name implies or that space in which physical, production-oriented activities meet with more nebulous, but no less important or powerful, sources of data.
But before the CEO and his/her team can make use of such data for key decision-making purposes, the amalgamated inputs from multiple upstream and downstream sources must first be made user friendly, easy to manipulate, and even easier to interpret.
This is precisely where and when the big data hangover or fatigue can set it should the firm have an inadequate database management system or similar ‘translator’ between inputs and outputs.
Enter ParceLive, which allows users to keep the customer-facing systems they are most comfortable with as outputs by simply using Hanhaa’s application programming interface (API) to make sense of the raw data.
Consider that many partners are already using this interlocutor as a means in which to make more robust their existing SAP, CRM, and CSS systems so as to make the transition to the latest industrial revolution not only easier on their end user, but seamless for their employees and management cadre.
CPS and market opportunities:
ParceLive makes not only transparent the safe and secure streamlining of data into an operational logistics hub in real-time, but maintains their presence throughout the change management journey vis-à-vis regular account reviews and workshops as well as other similar audit-type support functions.
What’s more, Hanhaa offers logistics teams and senior leaders the opportunity to become full-fledged partners of the software and, in so doing, propagate their own use of the unique API technology up and down the supply chain value stream while capitalizing on additional revenue streams, gaining access to new customer segments, and, more importantly, being seen as a leader into the Industry 4.0 space.
Empowering C-suite executives and supply chain leaders with this capability takes less than 60 days with control being returned to the CEO so that she can influence producers, distributors, and end users by easily sharing insights around package movements that reduce costs and boost bottom-line earnings.
CPS, the future, and the past:
While ParceLive is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that can be re-purposed by the adopting firm for downstream use, the technology is underpinned by some of the best, and most storied, in history.
This is to say that GPS still acts as the foundation for the data processing by monitoring, in real-time, package, product, personnel, and parts deliveries for any deviation from protocol as well as standard operating procedures.
The reason for this are twofold, or so as to identify any noncompliance issues in an effort to avoid potential litigation as well as to, more positively, see into optimal processes and make those areas key internal benchmarks both vertically, or within the firm, as well as horizontally up and down the supply chain.
By leveraging GPS trackers that are also recyclable and reusable, ParceLive can create use cases that not only showcase a firm’s desire to innovate around CPS, but also remain focused on the environment and socio-economic surety.
Solving the short-term CPS problem of preparing for fully-automated warehouses and distribution centres by 2020 or still sooner is, likely, only one cause of concern when it comes to ditching the big data hangover lingering in corporate boardrooms once and for all, but there are market opportunities in which to capitalize upon during this tenuous transition phase.
That said, and by adopting trusted software solutions that have use cases spanning multiple industries, geographic borders, and product types, Hanhaa’s ParceLive channel partner program is certainly the best means in which a firm can gain a competitive advantage while increasing control over their most immediate, and vulnerable, supply chain value stream.