It’s the last day of 2012 today and you’ve probably had your fill of “Top 10” and “Best of” lists by now.
So instead of a list, here’s a single concept to inculcate into your thinking and planning for the year ahead when it comes to supply chain technology: configurability.
Software companies in the logistics, compliance and transportation spaces are endeavoring to make their systems as configurable as possible, both on the user interface side, and on the back-end development side.
Empowering this evolution are new tile-based dashboards that allow users to quickly configure a system to meet their needs, while allowing developers to update particular functions of a broader system on the fly. It really gets to rethinking the bare bones of a system.
So even if you can’t read code any better than you can read Greek (and that includes me), know that advances in the way you compute, and how those advances affect your supply chain, are coming.
I’m not intending to be too cryptic about this, but there is a lot to discuss and exciting developments to come. Watch this space. In the meantime, Happy New Year to all. - Eric Johnson