When I talk to customers about the technology tools they use to manage their supply chain, Excel is almost always mentioned. Excel is a great tool for presenting and analyzing data so it’s frequently involved in S&OP processes like forecasting and material requirements planning. It’s usually possible to pull ERP, WMS or TMS data into Excel, so the spreadsheet becomes a hack to fill in the gaps for those business systems.
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John Berry has spent the last 30 years building software and data solutions for some of the world's most well-known supply chains. He believes supply chain and logistics are great career paths for those looking to establish technology careers. He is currently the IT Director for JUSDA Supply Chain Management, a member of the Foxconn Technology Group. In this role he leads a team that develops technology solutions for the global manufacturing supply chain. John is a contributor to the upcoming book The Digital Transformation of Logistics: Demystifying Impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution published by IEEE Press.
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