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In an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software environment, supply chain management is not a discipline unto itself. It is part of the business as a whole, with multiple dependencies between finance, manufacturing, purchasing and sales. IFS' supply chain management software provides functionality as a core component to our enterprise solution, from purchasing through to environmental footprint management of the value stream, delivering you:
Lean in a supply chain context is about a holistic view of procurement, manufacturing distribution and sales order processing. This means that some level of enterprise technology is necessary to view the organization in an integrated context instead of as functional islands. However, before ERP can facilitate the lean supply chain, manufacturing executives need to start thinking in lean supply chain terms. We will be reviewing those terms and sharing the key concepts that are the foundation for the lean effort.