Model Based Supply Chain Function

Business today increasingly expects digital representations with the belief we can understand current performance levels, forecast future outcomes, explain failures, decide what improvements to authorize, etc. We easily think about our products and the parts that make them. We talk about a product development lifecycle that defines, designs, builds, tests, mass produces and then supports in operational settings. Less appreciated is the supporting business operations context for that product lifecycle. Digital twin and thread aspirations need to represent enough of that enclosing business if the digital platform is to represent business operating model concerns. It is a right-sized representation of business operations in digital form.

Supply Chain consumes engineering requirements early in a product’s lifecycle to ready business operations for later production and support. Later in the lifecycle, the SC orchestrates the massive movement of goods from suppliers to the assembly lines as well as into warehouses to support ongoing product operations.

This presentation will discuss on efforts to use right-sized model based systems engineering concepts in the practice of Supply Chain business architecture, with specific attention paid to key integrations across different major business organizational scopes for ongoing business operations and the role of industry standards.