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SCM Bootcamp presentation tip: The 4 phases of information maturity within the supply chain

by Allison Martin

April 19, 2013

The 4 phases of information maturity within the supply chain

Below is a quick tip from a session you'll have a chance to attend at our SCM Bootcamp in Chicago, July 17-19 titled, “Best Practices to Reduce Inventories and Prevent Critical Stock-Outs by Optimizing Purchasing and MRP which includes numerous tips on how to prevent stock outs in SAP.

There are 4 key phases of information maturity within the supply chain. Moving through these phases allow for organizations to gain more control over the ownership, accountability, and governance of their data. Once the final phase is reached, data is being properly managed, business processes are properly integrated, and the supply chain is operating at peak efficiency.

The 4 phases include:

1.   Data integrity
The data integrity phase is the stage in which a company takes on the task of “housekeeping” or cleaning up its data. Common activities within this phase include:
-       Managing overdue transactions
-       Managing data within real-time transactions
-        Creating a single data source
-       Cleansing the data
-       Maintaining data accuracy and data and process accountability
-       Creating user confidence in the data

2.   Business Rules
Setting up business rules becomes increasingly important for information within the supply chain as it enables an organization to properly integrate its data within supply chain activities. Common activities within this phase include:
-       Grouping data
-       Developing a stocking strategy
-       Setting Master Data rules
-       Creating services levels (both internal and external) for your data
-       Adding business and design measures to the data
-       Adding exceptions to your rules

3.   Process Optimization
The process optimization phase is the stage in which functionality is added into your supply chain management. Common activities within this phase include:
-       Adding trusted au tomation
-       Enhancing current functionality
-       Adding next generation technology
-       Benchmarking your data
-       Setting global standardization standards
-       Evaluating supplier performance
-       Enhancing supplier and customer collaboration

 4.   Business Value
The final phase of information security in the supply chain is Business Value. This is the phase in which a business is getting full value from its system and its supply chain activities have been optimized. Common activities include:
-       Increasing services
-       Increasing revenue
-       Optimizing inventory value
-       Improving inventory turns
-       Reducing operating costs
-       Increasing process optimization and flexibility

For more tips and training on how to optimize SAP SCM,  view the full s ession agenda at and make sure to follow us on twitter at #SCMBootcamp.

I look forward to seeing you there.


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