For many manufacturers today, essential business challenges have not changed. Success still depends on managing inventory, streamlining the supply chain, improving efficiency, developing new products and markets and meeting regulatory requirements. The difference today is that all these things must be done faster than ever in a complex and changing global environment.
In the past, manufacturers had to deal with data that was kept in silos within their own systems. Today, with the supply chain increasingly connected electronically, whether via EDI or e-commerce, companies face an enormous increase in volume, coming from different systems and often in different formats. Efficient business operations, and the ability to remain in compliance with a changing array of regulations, depend on the ability to use that data effectively.
Even for smaller manufacturers, a data quality solution that increases the accuracy of information available across the enterprise is an essential competitive tool. For larger manufacturers, a master data management solution can help ensure the efficient and effective operations across the entire supply chain. Ataccama technologies and products can provide solutions customized to specific industry needs and scalable to any size.
To compete today, manufacturers need to find ways to integrate information across the supply chain in order to track the business in real time, identify trends and improve customer service. This level of integration requires access to accurate, up-to-date data, no matter where it resides. Typical industry applications include:
- Supply Chain Management
- Customer Relationship Management
- Warehouse Management
- Integrated distributed manufacturing systems
- Analysis and Forecasting
- Improve delivery and order tracking
Your Real World Example
A leading European brewer was facing challenges with product delivery. The company maintains relationships with an extensive network of distributors and other clients. Lack of accurate address information, including GPS co-ordinates, often resulted in delays or incorrect deliveries and had an impact on reporting. The company used Ataccama Data Quality Center to cleanse and enrich the address data to ensure that the right products are delivered to the right place on time.
- Improved deliverability invoices, updating and adding information on the payer
- Removal of ambiguity in addresses
- Refined data for reporting
- Facilitating the distribution of goods based on the addition of GPS coordinates