It’s fair to say that a business’s success is connected to the efficiency and competence of its supply chains. A well-managed supply chain that runs smoothly has a significant effect on a business’s performance. Moreover, reducing the operating expenses linked to a supply chain results in a higher profit. For this reason, supply chains are now moving to their next evolution, supply chain 4.0, to keep them ahead of the curve.
A new logistics vision is taking shape, and it is happening much more quickly than anticipated. In essence, supply chains are evolving as fast as the technologies that manage them. This begs the questions What will supply chains look like years from now? How will they be managed years from now?
The truth of the matter is that technology is moving so fast that the advancements predicted for the future of logistics will likely be implemented in the next few months rather than the next few years. This is because companies are striving to remain ahead of the curve and the competition. They are upgrading to keep pace with current digital transformation initiatives. Simply put, people can see that the future of shipping and transporting of products needs to become unmanned. In other words, the process has to be automated so all the logistics are automatically taken care of with a single click.
As an obvious example, COVID-19 has made many companies realize they were not resilient enough to operate amidst disturbances or changes to supply chain operations. This has become abundantly clear. Simply put, if organizations fail to address these disturbances and challenges efficiently, they could break down entirely — you can’t compete without materials or a delivery mechanism.
How can you cope with the dynamic nature of the logistics industry?
To cope with disturbances and the dynamic nature of the logistics industry, now is the perfect time to develop business techniques that fortify the supply chain. Digital transformation and future-proofed logistics technology are critical to ensuring that processes do not fail in their next evolutions.
Modernizing logistics applications to ensure their longevity is not an easy feat, especially considering the many supply chain processes and their underlying logic, dependencies, and associated risks. When we overcome that hump, however, we are surrounded by new and exciting opportunities. The difficulty lies in recognizing that potential in full. This is particularly true while trying to determine the right platform on which to build and future-proof the logistics industry. The question we need to ask is, “Now that we are here, where do we go next, and can this product get us there?”
Can low-code solutions quickly enable modernization?
A low-code solution can quickly enable development and modernization. Utilizing a single code base, designer, and UI components low code solutions are hallmarks for developer efficiency. But do they fit with the fast-paced nature of logistics and long-term growth strategies for an organization? In the case of Visual LANSA, certainly. One of the things that sets Visual LANSA apart from other platforms within the low-code and rapid-development space is its emphasis on evolutionary software development.
Modernization is of the utmost importance to future-proofing logistics industry applications. However, it is not a one-and-done experience. Organizations are reaping the benefits of faster and more user-friendly, web-enabled platforms. New and innovative ideas are beginning to surface. What we need are systems, like Visual LANSA, that are capable not only of handling the development of front-end components, but also the development of the back end. Solutions that evolve with the products that an organization builds to secure its longevity.
Business users want new applications now. Market and regulatory pressures require faster application updates and delivery into production. Your IBM i developers may be approaching retirement, and, worse, you see no way to fill their positions with experienced developers. In addition, you may be caught between maintaining your existing applications and the uncertainty of moving to something new.
In this white paper, you’ll learn to see these issues as opportunities rather than problems. We’ll explore motivations to migrate or modernize. We’ll discuss the risks and considerations you should consider before embarking on a (migration or modernization) project.
The premise of evolutionary software development is that the organization’s software and products should and will continuously evolve. We live our lives around complex systems. Some of them we interact with easily. Others present a great level of difficulty. Whatever the case, in software development, the key is to produce elegant code and solutions that delight customers—solutions that seemingly hide the complexity to the degree the end-user says, “I could’ve thought of that!”
How can I gain a logistics advantage using Visual LANSA?
To gain this type of advantage with a platform geared toward rapid development, deployment, and efficiency, the development environment must not only handle the UI and UX but also aspects of the database, calculations, and algorithms. It must also do this up to the point of being able to program code to produce more code. To help you achieve this, Visual LANSA lets developers push the boundaries of what we have traditionally considered as low-code. The end result is a means of evolutionary software development. It is a platform with the ability to master complexity in a singular system. More importantly, it does it while encouraging the continued growth and development of organizations and developers globally.
With Visual LANSA, organizations can build anything from a basic application to handle tasks and project management to complex applications for monitoring, calculating, and analyzing field input and output for oil production.
To learn more about how Visual LANSA can help your application development evolve, contact sales.