How Digitization Averted Supply Disaster for Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks didn’t see Covid-19 coming but was better prepared than most when the global supply chain abruptly froze. The cybersecurity systems business had been digitizing its supply chain for several years and had modelled for various sourcing extremes. “I wouldn’t say we were more prepared, but we had things in place,” explained Jonathan…

6 Ways Digitization Is Impacting the Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing industry is a prime beneficiary of digital technologies. Digitization, also called Industry 4.0, has enormous implications for manufacturers and professionals who buy, sell, design, fabricate, or use electronic components and equipment. Weather, climate and geopolitical events tend to surface weaknesses in the manufacturing pipeline, including electronics fabrication. Chip shortages in 2020 and 2021…

Ditch the Spreadsheets: 8 Benefits of Automating Field Service Scheduling

Editor’s note: This is the second article of a two-part series. Automating tasks within a supply network increases efficiency, reduces errors and shares actionable data among partners. Services reap many of the same benefits. Significant time savings and increased productivity Switching to an automated field service scheduling system saves time in many diverse ways. Firstly,…

Navigating 6 Supply Chain ERP Challenges

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools help supply chain professionals overcome numerous obstacles. However, deciding to use an ERP for improvements brings challenges, too. 1. Choosing an ERP to match your order volume Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in recent orders. Getting more business seems like a good thing, and it’s generally a positive occurrence. However,…