Yes, Effective Supply Chain Collaboration Can be a Reality

Running the Supply Chain is a Team Effort...Give Everyone a Chance to Contribute

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For effective supply chain collaboration, the first step is knowing who needs to be involved.

With RapidResponse® you can collaborate across departments and with suppliers and customers. Users can be assigned responsibility for specific data so that others will know who to contact during the collaboration process. Teams of people who are widely dispersed, and who might not even know each other, are brought together for both planned and spontaneous interactions using RapidResponse what-if analysis and scenario simulation capabilities.

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With RapidResponse, you can:

  • Create a scenario (a complete copy of the entire dataset to use as a private sandbox to model changes) and share that with a team of people who can impact or who are impacted by the proposed scenario.
  • Create responsibility definitions that identify those responsible for specific data so that users know which people to invite to participate in a collaborative scenario simulation.
  • Enable supply chain collaborators (depending on the permissions you set) to make changes directly in the scenario's data, or by creating and committing their own child scenarios.
  • Maintain an audit trail of each collaborator's actions, so each collaborator can see what inputs and commitments others are making (accept scenario, reject scenario, or offer alternatives).
  • Leverage configurable weighted scorecards to objectively measure the value of one course correction versus another across multiple KPIs.

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Collaboration within RapidResponse is all-inclusive: all data, all people, all insights, all options and all measures of success.

Working from a Single System

Only when all the information and the entire supply chain collaboration effort happens within a single system, can teams effectively define alternative ways of resolving an issue and reach a compromise that is in the best interest of the company as a whole.

Collaborating In-Context

Collaboration in RapidResponse is event-driven. The objective in working together is clearly defined and therefore the collaboration is purpose-driven. You collaborate around a particular business issue and are doing so in the same system from which you are drawing the information and in which you will execute the resolution.

Making Objective Decisions

It is seldom that an issue impacts or can be resolved by a single department. Often, the functional metrics of one department will conflict with the metrics of another, so making trade-offs is inevitable. In RapidResponse, collaboration is based on complete and accurate data and decisions are evaluated across a variety of cross-functional performance measures.

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If supply chain collaboration is easy, makes sense, and provides value, it will happen more.  Period.



Establish a consistent and concrete means to initiate and manage multi-party collaborations.


Generate viable resolutions that have been contributed to, and vetted, by the people expected to execute.


Break down departmental silos, and guide teams to follow a unified direction which results in alignment of individual actions to corporate objectives.

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