In the next five years, cloud computing will dramatically affect supply chains globally. Those that have already moved to the
cloud are more agile, collaborate better with suppliers and business partners, and provide more end-to-end visibility, all at a lower technology cost. Paired with analytics, the cloud delivers powerful tools for supply chain decision making. At IBM, the Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) team is applying cloud computing and analytics to derive real business benefits across the company. The result so far has been an estimated savings of $50 million in hard warranty costs. Here’s how they did it and what they learned.