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CONTENTS
Getting the
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The importance of
collaborative freight
forecasting & planning
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Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with BG Srinivas,
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senior VP and head of the manufacturing business unit at
WMS benefits at
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Infosys, about many organisations’ need for greater
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internal technology and process improvements and how
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Event triumph in
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Düsseldorf
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any organisations are facing a
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Leading from the
front with S&OP
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number of businesses challenges
in the present economic climate,
and they are therefore looking for
effective answers as to how to
move forward and prosper. “For companies in a
diverse range of vertical markets, demand has
fallen; this means that many now find themselves
with excess capacity,” said BG Srinivas of Infosys.
BG Srinivas, senior vice president
and head of manufacturing, Infosys.
“They have to manage their excess inventory
and, in some extreme cases, even have to
consider shutting down plants. However, despite available that are able to help the bottom line.
the need to look at how internal processes can “It’s often not simply about reducing labour
be improved, they must also look at ways of costs,” he said, “but about looking at other cost
accelerating demand in their marketplace, while centres within the business, such as its IT
preparing for the future and better economic times.” portfolio. We at Infosys look at ways in which we
can rationalise this portfolio, based on our global
Srinivas explained that when Infosys discusses expertise in working on different platforms and
the best route forward for client organisations, it with different technologies. For example, we can
first looks at what could be their potential ‘pain help to ‘retire’ some of the client’s existing legacy
points’ and what could be done to proactively platforms, and then optimise the use of IT by
address these. “In some cases, this might even reducing the level of systems deployed or
point to the technologies the company builds its implementing more efficient and cost-effective
product offerings on, so we can, if required, solutions.” Srinivas points out that another area
come up with ideas for building solutions on of improvement relates to the standardisation
other or complementary technologies and taking and harmonisation of business processes. “In
them to market jointly,” he pointed out. “For better economic times, they may have made
example, let’s consider a company that is in the acquisitions and, as a consequence, acquired
high-tech sector and which manufactures office different product lines and a number of different
automation products. There may be certain processes. And, during these more buoyant
specific needs concerning the building of certain periods, the company may have had no time to
solutions in order to enable the end consumer to reflect back and try to determine whether it
use them more effectively within his or her sector. makes sense to harmonise some of its
And by making the product more useful to the end operations. So, at Infosys, we look to determine
customer, we could help our client organisation what the central needs are within an individual
BG Srinivas: Many companies could
to differentiate itself in this market sector. organisation in terms of system or process
benefit from greater harmonisation and
rationalisation, while ensuring that the company
standardisation of business processes. Rationalisation still has the flexibility to address the specific
Where client organisations have challenges needs of their marketplace. This is where we can
more specifically related to cost, Srinivas help from a process harmonisation and
maintains there are many proven methodologies standardisation perspective.” circlesolid
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