Broken Links – End to End Networks

July 29, 2011 · Filed Under dLook Blog 

Can anybody define the term end-to-end network process visibility and its scope?

There seems to be a huge confusion in the market, as to what the term end-to-end network process really means. Is it one node forward in the supply chain (my customers) and or one node back (my suppliers), or is it multi-tiered (primary production to end consumer).

If it is the latter, then how do you gain visibility across your suppliers, suppliers – suppliers and / or your customers – customers – customers?

The extract from an economist article below gives an example of the compelling need for visibility across a multi-tiered network.

Broken links

The disruption to manufacturers worldwide from Japan’s disasters will force a rethink of how they manage production – Mar 31st 2011 | TOKYO | from the print edition.

LAST year Iceland’s volcanic ash disrupted air transport across Europe and gave the world’s manufacturing supply chain one of its biggest tests since the advent of the low-inventory, just-in-time era. Now, Japan’s quadruple disaster—earthquake, tsunami, nuclear alert and power shortages—has put the supply chain under far greater stress. Three weeks after the massive quake, the extent and likely duration of the disruption are still unclear.

There are some enlightening similarities between the shocks that manufacturers are now suffering and those that buffeted the banking system in the 2008 financial crisis. In both cases two of the biggest surprises were the unexpected connections the crisis uncovered, and the extent of the contagion. The problems began in a seemingly well-contained part of the system—subprime mortgages in the case of finance, in manufacturing’s case a natural disaster in an economic backwater—but quickly spread.

This issue will not go away, no more than natural disasters will go away. If anything they will both increase in intensity.

We do indeed live in interesting times?


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