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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

4. Improved agility to adapt to business needs: Low-code DPA solutions also enable rapid workflow development and creation. Easy integration with all line-of-business systems such as this allows users to build specific content-centric applications that will meet customers' needs, like RFID improvements. Manufacturers and distributors can quickly respond to changing business needs and evolving RFID solutions within their existing low-code development platform. This improved agility allows an IT department to test, learn and pivot where appropriate. Further, IT teams can create and deliver business solutions quickly, incorporating feedback from internal and external stakeholders.

5. New visibility and control: With the combination of low-code DPA with data management, organizations can see what happens to content, data and orders along every step of the way. Through the visibility provided from a low-code solution, organizations are then given a holistic view of how their content is performing within their business workflow and how to optimize applications more efficiently to drive ROI. This type of visibility results in manufacturers having improved control and the ability to make informed data-driven business decisions.

Such improved control and visibility can be seen in Kimberly-Clark's digital transformation journey. Before integrating DPA, the multinational personal care corporation had manual processes in place that were slow and would often end up stuck on someone's desk waiting for a signature. Because many of these processes were either paper-based or in closed systems, it was impossible to track down the roadblocks. Now, with more than 500 low-code partially automated processes in place, Kimberly-Clark's operations are streamlined and visibility has dramatically improved. The corporation now has a tool it can consistently use to improve efficiency across its organization.

In conclusion, data and inventory management through DPA allows manufacturers to create solutions that better meet and anticipate customers' changing needs, instead of operating in siloed and inefficient models. When a manufacturer combines data with automation technologies, this creates centralized applications that enable improved productivity, added intelligence and customized opportunities for new ways to collaborate within the global supply chain.

Holly Anderson is the senior director of product marketing at K2, where she leads product messaging, value proposition and customer communications. Holly has more than a decade of experience with K2, both in-house and as a consultant, since 2006.

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