Google Previews Supply Chain Digital Twin Solution
September 20, 2021
Cloud's Supply Chain Twin is a purpose-built industry solution that lets
companies build a digital twin--a virtual representation of their
physical supply chain--by orchestrating data from disparate sources to
get a more complete view of suppliers, inventories, and other
information. In addition, the Supply Chain Pulse module, also announced
today, can be used with Supply Chain Twin to provide real-time
dashboards, advanced analytics, alerts on critical issues like potential
disruptions, and collaboration in Google Workspace.
With Supply Chain Twin, companies can bring together data from multiple sources, all while requiring less partner integration time than traditional API-based integration. Some customers have seen a 95% reduction in analytics processing time, with times for some dropping from 2.5 hours down to eight minutes. Data types supported in Supply Chain Twin include:
Once customers are up-and-running on Supply Chain Twin, the Supply Chain Pulse module enables further visibility, simulations, and collaboration features:
"At Renault, we are innovating on how we run efficient supply chains. Improving visibility to inventory levels across our network is a key initiative," said Jean-François Salles, Supply Chain Global Vice President at Renault Group. "By aggregating inventory data from our suppliers and leveraging Google Cloud's strength in organizing and orchestrating data, with solutions like the Supply Chain Twin we expect to achieve a holistic view. We aim to work with Google tools to manage both stock, improve forecasting, and eventually optimise our fulfillment."
"End-to-end visibility across the entire supply chain is a top priority for supply chain professionals to optimize planning, real-time decision making and monitoring," said Simon Ellis, Program Vice President at IDC. "Google Cloud's approach to a digital twin of the supply chain spans internal, external, and partner data networks without complex integrations. This approach can help organizations to better plan, monitor, collaborate and respond at scale."
Customers are deploying Supply Chain Twin via Google Cloud partners
Retailers, manufacturers, CPG firms, healthcare networks, and other logistics-heavy companies can deploy Supply Chain Twin by working directly with Google Cloud's partner ecosystem. For example, system integration partners such as Deloitte, Pluto7, and TCS, can help customers integrate the Supply Chain Twin and relevant datasets into their existing infrastructure.
In addition, data partners, such as Climate Engine, Craft, and Crux can augment Supply Chain Twin by providing geospatial, sustainability, and risk management data sets for a more complete macroenvironment view. Finally, application partners such as Anaplan, Automation Anywhere, and project44 can provide information from their platforms into Supply Chain Twin to help customers better understand product lifecycles, track shipments across carriers, predict ETAs, and more.
Supply Chain Twin and the Twin Pulse module are today globally available in Preview.