The supply chain structure defined in the ERP software must mirror the actual supply chain. But it very rarely does. This issue is even more critical when the organizations may have multiple sites to distribute or manufacture goods. The supply chain professionals often need to plan on spreadsheets to make up for the underlying problems in the ERP configurations and data. While there are many definitions of a multi-site implementation, the sites in most implementations maintain their customer, vendor, and item master independently due to the lack of understanding and limitations of the underlying software. This limits organizations in capitalizing on the corporate discounts available globally, exploiting capacity optimization opportunities across the sites, and supply chain planning to minimize the number of hops. Multi-site planning requires you to analyze your item master, BOMs, customer, and vendor at a much deeper level to see how each site will interact with each other and who will be responsible for what.
In today's episode, we invited a panel of cross-functional experts for a live interview on LinkedIn who brings significant expertise to discuss data-sharing across multiple entities. We covered many grounds, including the difference between planning for multi-site vs. single-site. Finally, the issues around optimizing multi-site structures and the framework to implement the multi-entity architecture.
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