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Jabil launches supply chain SaaS support platform

Steve Rogerson
June 6, 2017
 
Jabil Circuit has introduced a supply chain SaaS decision support platform to deliver meaningful business insights. With InControl, users can connect, collect and validate vast amounts of supply chain data to realise tangible business outcomes throughout the product lifecycle.
 
The Florida company says this includes halving inventory and time-to-market while reducing product lead times and costs by up to thirty per cent.
 
"Today's supply chains and tools aren't architected to effectively address all of the requirements our customers need to compete and win in an increasingly digital ecosystem," said Don Hnatyshin, senior vice president for Jabil. "InControl was designed for, and by, supply chain practitioners to provide the real-time intelligence, visibility and analytics our customers have been asking for so they can move with B2C speed and agility in a B2B world."
 
The multi-tenant, intelligent digital supply chain cloud platform provides ubiquitous connectivity, analytics and machine learning technologies to optimise real-time decision-making for supply chain practitioners. The cloud platform also ingests structured and unstructured data across the entire ecosystem, connecting with ERP, MRP, sales and operations planning, transportation, financial reporting, and third-party content providers, including weather, geo-mapping and other software.
 
In concert with the cloud platform, Jabil has developed five integrated applications to provide visibility, collaboration, risk management and diagnostics:

  • Supply chain visibility: Gain insight through real-time reports and alerts on orders, compliance, event risk, problem resolution and financial performance;
  • Event risk: Reduce loss from unforeseen disruptions by recovering faster through instant alerts, impact analyses and detailed recovery options;
  • Design for supply chain: Understand the impact of different product decisions and avoid high-risk components through early assessments during product design and prototyping stage;
  • Risk management: Reduce vulnerability and ensure proactive continuity through dynamic and customised risk scoring that weighs availability, complexity, delivery and other critical supply chain risk factors; and
  • Supply chain diagnostics: Gain deep actionable insights across the demand and supply network to improve sourcing and partner collaboration while delivering root cause analysis of missed KPIs and key metrics.
"Jabil InControl provides an upfront, end-to-end supply chain analysis that helps us achieve the total landed cost on our broad product portfolio," said Ed Tymick, vice president of global operations for Coriant. "Real-time business insights guide decisions on where to build and distribute our game-changing telecom solutions while addressing key localisation factors that impact sourcing, procurement and manufacturing of sub-materials and components to reduce overall costs and product lead times."
 
As part of its go-to-market model, Jabil's specialised supply chain, procurement and professional services can help customers in deploying InControl. Additionally, Jabil has entered into a joint business relationship with PwC, a professional services and advisory firm, to integrate the InControl in its on-going digital transformation advisory, supply chain planning and management consulting services.
 
"Digital transformation of the supply chain must be about readiness, return and relevance," said Simon Ellis, programme vice president at IDC. "Making investments in technology and platforms will help companies achieve early-mover advantage. Jabil's InControl SaaS helps address critical business requirements with its visibility, risk and collaboration capabilities for enabling intelligent decision support across the entire digital supply chain."
 
Beginning in the third quarter, the platform and applications will be generally available for customer implementations. The platform and applications will be priced on a per month and per application model. Onboarding, integration and implementation services also are available.