United States, Aug 18–Vaidya Aiyer, a leading software developer in the ERP space and the CEO of Pillir, stresses the role of low-code/no-code solutions in addressing major supply chain crises, helping enterprises digitise their business functions, and expediting time to value.
Global supply-chain management, one of the most innovative yet underrated inventions in today’s modern commerce space, is the process of distributing services and products throughout a trans-national businesses’ global network to minimize waste and maximize returns through collective economic gains.
Mr. Aiyer explained in the Forbes article that as the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the post-pandemic eCommerce sector adopted the WFH (work-from-home) culture, the supply chain started buckling under the pressure of unprecedented demand and strangled effective logistics capability.
As more businesses and people are inclined to work (and shop) from home, there are fewer reasons to step out of one’s house. The recent hike in oil and gas prices further incentivises online shopping–retailers who have shifted their business online now have to take on the ‘last-mile’ delivery responsibility.
This sudden change in supply-chain dynamics has led retailers to hire more drivers to replenish the lost economy, which has put further strain on the remaining chain–from warehouses to shipping yards–and has increased expenditures. In response, retail and distribution businesses opened regional warehouses closer to their customers, causing an upsurge in real estate expenses, particularly in areas with facilities for expansion.
For retailers and distributors, deploying ERP systems for leveraging ‘elastic’ warehouses can be a better solution. But such large-scale convoluted legacy ERP software needs to be reconfigured and upgraded to meet the latest logistic requirements. Such an application upgrade process is a factor of time and the availability of technical talent. The CEO of Pillir added that the process can be lengthy and last for months or even years, which can drive up costs.
The CEO emphasised that leveraging low-code/no-code platforms can address many of today’s newly aggravated supply chain problems by automating the manual supply chain processes for faster execution while involving fewer technical resources than traditional approaches.
Quality LC/NC platforms specialising in the supply chain feature ‘transform-code’ functionality to upgrade legacy systems and automatically convert existing code into mobile-friendly solutions. For example, Pillir’s EdgeReday Cloud is an LC app development environment that can automatically modernise legacy SAP solutions and help an enterprise create new business processes 20 times quicker than conventional development approaches, lowering around 30% of its ERP ownership cost.
An LC/NC solution should be customisable, flexible enough to fit a retailer’s specific supply-chain demands, and include best-practice templates so the business can roll out applications and start enhancing its workflows in a few days. Enterprises should switch to LC platforms with the power to update and log purchasing data with or without internet connectivity, Mr. Aiyer explained.
Pillir Accelerator, a suite of deployment-ready yet customisable mobile-native supply-chain apps for SAP-centric enterprises, comes with specialised functionalities, like goods movement, driver activities, quality inspection, warehouse management, and inventory management. The aim is to help SAP customers optimise their digitalisation efforts, enabling them to reconfigure and automate their supply-chain processes in no time. Pillir claims the suite can work seamlessly with or without connectivity, regardless of the IT landscape intricacy or ERP technology of an enterprise.
Mr. Vaidya Aiyer is the CEO of Pillir, a low-code cloud-native platform and software development company that builds deployment-ready supply chain apps for businesses. Learn more about Pillir low-code platform by visiting https://www.pillir.io/.
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