Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, facilities and automation for the supply chain

Microsoft has developed a solution with which companies will get more facilities for the supply chain. They will also be able to automate it, and obtain not only information on its operation, but also take advantage of the data they extract from it. It is about Microsoft Supply Chain Platforma modular platform that also offers Artificial Intelligence, collaboration, low code, security and software as a service functions.

In addition, those from Redmond have also announced the availability, although still in the testing phase, of Microsoft Supply Chain Centera control center that is part of the platform and whose mission is to improve and transform the visibility of the supply chain.

It works natively with an organization’s supply chain data and applications, both from Microsoft and from third parties. In this way you can count on a single point with collaboration options, information on supply and demand, and order management. The Supply Chain Center Data Manager application allows you to incorporate and orchestrate data, in order to offer visibility throughout the supply chain, and thus improve decisions about the systems.

The Microsoft Supply Chain Platform offers building blocks across Azure, Dynamics 365, Teams, and Power Platform, so customers can independently develop or adopt capabilities to tailor features to the specific needs of their supply chain. Additionally, with this platform, partners can use their industry expertise to build integrated solutions that leverage Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Azure, Teams, and Power Platform.

Supply Chain Center includes several pre-built modules that deal with chain interruption management and order fulfillment, among other things. One of them is a supply and demand insights module, which uses advanced Azure AI models to predict supply constraints and shortages.

To do this, it uses Artificial Intelligence. In addition, it allows simulations using data from the company’s network, with which to predict when there will be shortages, and of what products. Also overstock. In addition, it gives the opportunity to identify lost order lines. If combined with Smart News, this module offers relevant alerts on external events. In addition, the information obtained, in real time, also allows experts to make decisions and plan their actions.

Another of the Supply Chain Center modules is dedicated to order management, and serves so that companies can classify their requests intelligently. Also automate them through a rules-based system that uses real-time omnichannel inventory data, as well as AI and machine learning,

The module allows you to speed up adaptation to address future orders, as well as delivery complications. For all this it allows to expand capabilities, thanks to connectors designed by partners and that are specialized in order intake, delivery and third-party logistics services. Likewise, Integrate Teams securely, allowing external constraints to be minimized by collaborating with external providers in real time. Also consolidate new supply sources, solve transport problems and communicate the incidents that cause the changes.

The modules of partners integrated in Supply Chain Center give the opportunity for customers to access specific solutions. Everything runs in the Dataverse environment, which makes the data maintain its consistency, regardless of the module that is being used. This avoids having to move information from one application to another, among other things.

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