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Optimizing Low-code to Drive Intelligent Automation in the Supply Chain

Businesses are assessing how to automate their current processes and incorporate a digital transformation strategy that will evolve their business models and create new revenue streams.
By Holly Anderson

Below are five benefits manufacturers that are leveraging RFID technology can obtain by integrating low-code DPA tools within their data-management solutions.

1. More intelligent content: The combination of low-code platforms with AI and machine-learning technologies enables businesses to add intelligence to their processing capabilities. For example, when these technologies are integrated with DPA tools and the data collected with RFID tags, the result is a smarter, more robust management of data that then leads to improved production, insight and operations. The ability to add intelligence into any area of the organization (i.e., checking an order's delivery status, the status of payment processing, etc.), allows distributors or manufacturers to improve the efficiency and even the safety of operations through automation.

European manufacturing company Arntz Optibelt Group experienced this firsthand. With the help of low-code process-automation tools, the manufacturing company was able to automate its most critical paper-based approvals processes. Optibelt's new applications have increased the speed of the time to market for new products by 75 percent, enhancing production-line agility and reducing approval times from 50 minutes to 30 seconds.

2. Centralized content and workflows: A low-code platform can act as the glue between separate systems, departments and locations. This could include technologies such as RFID and equipment in a production line, or data from content-management systems such as SharePoint, Google Drive and DropBox.

For example, Czech Republic furniture manufacturer TON's absence of an automated content-management system was creating a loss in invoices, delayed approvals, siloed data and increased challenges in figuring out the status of any active contract. TON utilized DPA technology to build simplified and user-friendly solutions that have now centralized workflows, unified document storage, automated data mining and invoicing processing and reduced administrative burdens on their IT staff and infrastructure.

3. Increased collaboration and accessibility: Users often waste time looking for the right data that lives across multiple content-management systems. Connecting the systems allows for content to integrate across platforms, which directly results in improved collaboration and visibility within an organization.

Data from RFID tags (when connected with low-code DPA solutions) can be integrated with a data-management system in place to automate inventory management and improve customer service. Instead of manually searching for the status of an order, the connection of systems optimizes the ability to track and report the information to customers, which can also be accessed and updated in real time from any device.

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