Imagine. A frictionless, connected, agile supply chain. It’s responsive, real-time, reliable, and predictable. It’s transparent, trustworthy, and integrated. The Intelligent Enterprise is just that, the ultimate data-driven organization, digitized through integrated systems and empowered to change paradigms. SAP defines the Intelligent Enterprise as one that leverages data assets to achieve desired outcomes faster and with less risk, by enabling employees through process automation, anticipating and proactively responding to customer needs, and enabling new business models and revenue streams. With the Intelligent Enterprise, access to data is faster and more insightful than ever, driving businesses better than previously possible.
We all know the disruptive reality of today. Whether to survive, to compete, or to create a market, companies are changing their business models. An old industry air compressor equipment manufacturer now sells compressed air as a service. Adidas is transforming the supply chain by co-innovating with customers, enabling them to design their own shoes with a 24-hour turnaround time. As part of these business evolutions, these companies changed what they sell, who they sell too, and how. It changed their processes, their partnerships, and their people. In essence, their whole supply chain was transformed. And it has changed their competitive landscape.
While existing companies are reinventing themselves, newcomers are coming along and reinventing industries and their respective supply chains. Tesla has transformed their ordering process by the ability to now purchase a car online, and thereby leverages demand-driven production. Their elimination of excess inventory keeps their production costs lower, their revenue - and allure - higher. They’ve eliminated machinery in the car that in turn replaces a mechanic with a software engineer - a complete revamp of the car industry supply chain and ecosystem. Today, they are the most highly valued car company in the world, having ripped apart notions of what the car can and should be.