Compare and Contrast Supply Chain Data Requirements
OSC 300: Strategic Supply Chain Management
May 28, 2007
As we compare and contrast the data requirements between government and not-for-profit organizations. Our main goal in this class, over the past weeks, was to examine supply chain management and we have seen how different portions of the supply chain could be more closely examined to eliminate waste and inefficiency. Measuring and charting progress along the supply chain as changes are made are an important part of managing a company’s supply chain. Whether using ERP (enterprise resource planning) software or charting the issues for a presentation to future investors, different types of data need to be gathered for evaluation. When reviewing a supply chain for a government, we need to take a look at performance at different points along their supply chain.
The similarities between the supply chains data requirements of government and not-for-profit are working with public funds. Both need to have public visibility of budgets and expenses for annual and quarterly review of their supply chain. Government entities, specifically local government, in my case is where I work currently must maintain accountability internally and externally. A second similarity is that both government and not-for-profit both needto measure customer satisfaction, as these organizations are customer driven. The customer may be internal or external to the organization, depending on the service provided.
Thirdly, both government and not-for-profit must both use lowest bid vendors, and therefore need to gather data on the vendor at different points during the supply chain. If the vendors do not meet their agreements at certain points during the supply chain, both the not-for-profit and the government have a mandated responsibility to quickly correct the problem with the vendor. I have also noticed a similarity that is a recent change for both types of organizations. They...