Microsoft Launches New Initiative to Combat Global Supply Chain Disruptions

Nov 17, 2022

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Microsoft Corp. has announced the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, an open, extensible platform that combines Microsoft's best artificial intelligence (AI), collaboration (Collab), low-code (Low-Code), security (SaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) offerings to help businesses make the most of their supply chain data estate investments.

As part of the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, the company also introduced the preview of Microsoft Supply Chain Center, a ready-made command center for supply chain visibility and transformation. The built-in collaboration, supply and demand insights, and order management features of the Supply Chain Center are intended to work seamlessly with an organization's supply chain data and applications.

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"Businesses are dealing with petabytes of data spread across legacy systems, ERP, supply chain management, and point solutions, resulting in a fragmented view of the supply chain," said Charles Lamanna, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Applications and Platform.

With the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, customers can easily build or adopt supply chain capabilities across Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft Teams, and the Power Platform. Dataverse enables customers to build thousands of connectors for supply chain visibility, create low-code solutions for workflow automation in Power Platform, and safely collaborate with colleagues both inside and outside the company using the efficacy of Teams.

Partners can use the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform to build solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, and Power Platform while bringing in their industry and domain expertise.

“We have hundreds of thousands of parts that we are sourcing from suppliers globally. Our customers, dealers and partners expect excellence in all we do, which also means looking closely at all aspects of our supply chain. The Microsoft Supply Chain Platform and Supply Chain Center will enable us to make processes more efficient end-to-end," said Lutz Beck, Chief Information Officer of Daimler Truck North America.

Advisors and implementers such as Accenture, Avanade, EY, KPMG, PwC, and TCS will remain part of the company's extensive partner ecosystem. Further, Microsoft will keep working with solution providers like Blue Yonder, Cosmo Tech, Experlogix, Flintfox, InVia Robotics, K3, O9 Solutions, SAS, Sonata, To-Increase Software, and many more to help customers find the best solution for their supply chain needs.

Source: Introducing the Microsoft Supply Chain Platform, a new approach to designing supply chains for agility, automation and sustainability

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