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The Power of Data: How Leading Organizations Leverage Advanced Transportation Management for Competitive Advantages

The Power of Data: How Leading Organizations Leverage Advanced Transportation Management for Competitive Advantages
Logistics is never easy. In fact, a single mistake not only throws off the entire process, it can ruin a product and hurt the overall brand as well. The major challenge today is working with more demand while still supporting a constantly growing global supply chain. Every single stat and trend points to more people leveraging logistics and transportation. Consider this, Gartner recently pointed out that advanced analytics enable companies to proactively take advantage of future opportunities and mitigate future adverse events. Prescriptive analytics can improve decision making in functional areas like supply chain planning, sourcing, and logistics and transportation, and can be deployed to improve end-to-end supply chain performance. This has forced organizations to remove manual processes and leverage new and advanced technologies. Let me give you an example, UPS manages more than 16 million shipments a day, all over the world. They leverage a single, integrated and optimized, network...
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Moving from Oracle ADF/APEX to modern open source technologies? It’s doable.

Moving from Oracle ADF/APEX to modern open source technologies? It’s doable.
Working with proprietary technologies is supposed to be simple. Theoretically speaking, you get a robust solution, dedicated support, and terms and conditions to back you when required. However, the speed at which business needs have been evolving, have made it impossible for any one vendor or solution platform, to ‘do the job’, so to say. Today, businesses use a medley of big vendor platforms, custom legacy applications, and top solutions. In 2011 a Gartner survey revealed that over half of the respondents surveyed had adopted open source solutions as a part of their IT strategy. Fast forward six years, and Gartner states: “Open-source software (OSS) industry saturation is complete: Today, 95% of mainstream IT organizations leverage nontrivial open-source software assets within their mission-critical IT portfolios — whether they know it or not." So if you are using a proprietary technology such as Oracle APEX or ADF, and are wondering whether you...
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How ITIL can help integrate transportation applications

How ITIL can help integrate transportation applications
A strong digital ecosystem is vital for success in transportation. A digital ecosystem works well only when the lifeblood pumping through it - aka data - can be comprehended and manipulated by the diverse applications in action in that ecosystem. In the transportation industry this challenge increases manifold because of the multiplicity of vendors, partners, geographies, routes, and modes of transport. Add to this the complexities of warehousing, security, quality control, and adherence to national and international regulations, and you’ve got a Titanic challenge to surmount. Comprehending a challenge is the first step toward tackling it. There are three aspects to this challenge: data, visibility, and support. Let’s explore how they complicate the situation, and how adopting a framework such as ITIL can help organizations Data An average logistics provider manages both warehousing and transportation of goods for its customers. The digital ecosystem of such an organization would be populated by...
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Connected Transportation: Understanding real-world IoT use-cases within transportation

Connected Transportation: Understanding real-world IoT use-cases within transportation
First of all, it’s an absolute pleasure to join the Aptude blog team! It’s really exciting to cover some of the amazing things in tech and transportation. I’ve had the chance to work with a variety of technologies and industries and definitely find logistics and transportation to be absolutely fascinating. Specifically, there is a lot of time and energy being spent around innovating the transportation space. In fact, we’ve already seen some major disruptions… think Uber, Tesla, and autonomous driving. But, before we get too far ahead, let’s back up just a bit and talk about IoT and the connected device. In the latest AFCOM State of the Data Center Industry study, a report I helped co-author, we found that 81% of respondents indicated that they’re deploying new solutions, like edge computing, specifically to support and enable IoT. If you take a look at the market in general IDC points out...
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3 ways to modernize your B2B EDI technology & operations

3 ways to modernize your B2B EDI technology & operations
Outdated technology is a silent killer. According to a 2014 study by Constellation Research, since 2000, 52% of Fortune 500 companies have either gone bankrupt, been acquired, or ceased to exist primarily because of their inability to keep pace with digital transformation. Similarly, according to a 2013 Microsoft study, over 90% of consumers surveyed said that they would consider taking their business elsewhere rather than work with a company that uses outdated technology. In this context, the continued use and adoption of B2B Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) - with its antiquated batch processing approach among others - is a bit of an anomaly. EDI works a lot like fax machines by transmitting data over timers. It basically stores information and then forwards it in batches without any confirmation. This delay pushes up freight cost. Organizations lack end-to-end visibility, and take decisions based on outdated data. Moreover, they are not able to...
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