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Flextronics provides connected intelligence for global supply chains

Steve Rogerson
July 14, 2015
A software-based real time mobile collaboration tool from Flextronics is claimed to provide unprecedented levels of connected intelligence for managing global supply chains. Called Flex Pulse, it lets companies monitor their supply chains on wall-to-wall touchscreens or locally on tablets or mobile devices.
"We live in a rapidly changing world, full of disruptive events, technologies and business models," said Mike McNamara, Flextronics CEO. "Today's executives and innovators need to run their businesses intelligently to win, and one of the biggest challenges they face is the management of highly complex, globally-distributed supply chains. Flex Pulse provides us with extraordinary real-time insight into our supply chain, which allows us to reduce risk and improve the efficiency of any supply chain."
The unveiling was held this month at the Flex Pulse Center, a physical location for groups to interact collaboratively. Located in the Silicon Valley, the Flex Pulse Center monitors all aspects of the company's global supply chain, while aggregating and parsing global events that might impact supply chain efficiency.
Under the user experience of wall-to-wall touchscreens and flowing data visualisations at the centre, Flex Pulse aggregates and interprets live streaming data from multiple sources, including Elementum's supply chain management applications. The resulting intelligence highlights global variables that may impact or disrupt supply chains, facilitating contingency planning and crisis preparedness and response.
The customer supply chain view integrates demand, inventory monitoring, manufacturing, quality, outbound transportation and delivery. Live video feeds of global production facilities and integrated videoconferencing capabilities establish direct links with Flextronics sites around the world, to address issues in real time.
Flex Pulse can also be accessed through any computer, tablet or smart phone, and serves as a platform for collaboration between multiple users. The results of collaboration trigger additional actions that are then integrated into the larger Flex Pulse platform.
Flextronics delivers design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics services to a range of industries and end-markets, including data networking, telecoms, enterprise computing and storage, industrial, capital equipment, appliances, automation, medical, automotive, aerospace and defence, energy, mobile, computing, and other electronic product categories.