“If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything!”
That was one of my Dad’s favorite expressions and I think it’s wise; I try to live by it every day. It applies nicely to software development too where I put it in the following terms:
“If you don’t have a vision for your product you’ll clutter it with lots of unnecessary features!”
I’m sure that makes you think of some bad examples, eh? Me too!
Well, we have a vision for our supply chain platform that goes by the acronym EASE:
Execute your supply chain processes with a proven high-performance engine
Adapt your supply chain processes on-the-fly to align with your evolving business
Scale your supply chain as your business grows
Expand the reach of your supply chain to go wherever your customers and employees go
Well now EASE is indeed a grand vision, but it’s a bit too high-level and marketing-like for us geeks in R&D. So we’ve broken that vision down into capabilities that we strive to enhance with every release of our software platform. Capabilities like:
- Personalization and configuration of user interfaces and menus, embedding content (reports, graphs, dashboards) in screens, optimizing workflows and screen layouts, all without requiring any coding or one-off customization
- Support for a wide variety of deployment architectures, devices, browsers and user interaction modes (see my post The Benefits of 20/20 Hindsight for more about our user interface technology)
- Business intelligence dashboards and reports, with end-to-end visibility and management of the supply chain from any point within it
- Integration tools and interface management
And all of the above served in a secure, high-performance package.
Later this summer we’ll be releasing a major new version of our supply chain platform, so come back to this blog shortly and we’ll tell you about our next steps towards our vision.