The future of work in supply chain
The article advocates for digital transformation of supply chains by discussing Industry 4.0 technologies such as robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning, and internet-of-things (IoT) devices use in supply chains and the resulting impact on required skillsets, roles and structures.
It discusses principles rather than citing specific case studies or quantified benefits.
Why it’s relevant to Nextspace
Whilst not focused on digital twins, this article is relevant to Nextspace Partners looking to implement a digital twin as the cornerstone foundation of a digital transformation process.
To enable the digital twin to succeed, attention must be paid to digital maturity and skills gaps, organizational structure, predictive demand planning, automation(eg: no-touch order management), network configuration, operational logistics, and a high-performance digital mindset and culture.
The article specifically discusses the impact of digital twins on end-to-end supply planning and the role of the supply planner.
Finally, the authors make the case for new roles - specifically a 'digital twin engineer' and a 'data mastery team' with data engineers and data visualization engineers.