The systems map aims to provide an understanding of supply chain entities and the application of big data along the supply chain.

RECODE Systems Map

Big data map

The map describes six basic supply chain entities (resource input, sub-assembly manufacture, product manufacture, retail, consumer and end of life/use) and three supporting entities (product design and development, marketing, and advertising). The map also describes the different distribution entities (D1, D2, D3, and D4) that exist along the supply chain. The role of the distribution entities is transportation of goods and material between the six supply chain entities through the use of truck, trains, ship, and aircraft. Solid lines are used to represent material flows and dash lines are used to represent information flows between the various entities.

 

Big Data

The diagram also represents the different application of big data across the supply chain. \The first red layer represents the application of big data to the “output” segment of the supply chain (Big Data 1). This is used to describe the generation of insights by retailers and marketers using the collection and analysis of consumer data allowing for actives such as targeted advertisements. This application has been used and developed for more than a decade and will continue to grow as the quantity of consumer generated data continues to expand. The second green layer represents the application of big data to the “input” segment of the supply chain (Big Data 2). This is used to describe the newly introduced application of big data to the production process through the integration of the concepts described in Industry 4.0. Smart, connected objects and autonomous operation will allow for the creation of smart factories and in turn smart production processes. This application is expected to rapidly evolve over time and will be key to the development of RdM systems. The third blue layer represent application of big data to create a fully connect supply chain (Big Data 3). This long term vision will transform the roles and relationship of the various supply chain entities. It will allow for more transparent access to data and a better understanding of the lifecycle of products and material resulting in a more effective supply chain