At a macro level, Supply Chain Management answers the following questions:
1. How does a company get the raw materials it needs to make its "products" in the most effective and efficient manner?
2. How does the company get its products to the customer in the most effective and efficient manner?
Consequently, Supply Chain Management encompasses both sourcing, procurement, and distribution. When a supply chain is designed to support a business model it can be used as a competitive differentiator.
A CIO usually focuses on strategic sourcing whether to support the purchasing organization with its IT needs or to create an effective strategic capability for the raw material the IT organization's own "products." However, we need to have a broader perspective encompassing corporate strategic imperatives. This guide is an excellent place for the CIO to get an understanding of this realm.
- What is supply chain management?
- What is the strategic imperative of supply chain management?
- How to manage a supply chain program?
- How does marketing drive supply chain management?
- What is the connection between product design, manufacturing, and SCM?
- How does outsourcing affect the supply chain?
A complete discussion on the journey from strategy to implementation of a supply chain that creates business value. Excellent Discussion!