Last week, Google Cloud announced the launch of Supply Chain Twin, a solution that lets companies build a virtual representation, a digital twin, of their physical supply chain. Data from disparate sources is “orchestrated” to allow for a “complete view of suppliers, inventories, and other information.” This offering will allow companies to “bring together data from multiple sources, all while requiring less partner integration time than traditional API-based integration.”
The Data types supported in Supply Chain Twin include:
- Enterprise business systems: Better understand operations by integrating information such as locations, products, orders, and inventory from ERPs and other internal systems.
- Supplier and partner systems: Gain a more holistic view across businesses by integrating data from suppliers, such as stock and inventory levels, and partners, such as material transportation status.
- Public sources: Understand your supply chain in the context of the broader environment by connecting contextual data from public sources, such as weather, risk, or sustainability-related data, including public datasets from Google.
The data partners currently providing geospatial, sustainability, and risk management data include:
ClimateEngine – ClimateEngine integrates and analyzes Earth observation data to help companies meet their climate and sustainability mandates. The Data Marketplace offers data from geospatial organizations covering agriculture, water, finance, climate change, and natural resources from partners such as NASA (famine), USGA, Fathom (flood risk), MyHeat (urban thermal imaging), Climate Engine Labs, and Salo Sciences (vegetation structure data).
Craft – Founded in 2015, Craft is a supplier intelligence platform that provides insights for discovering, evaluating, and monitoring suppliers for greater supply chain resilience. Craft’s data and insights integrate into a company’s existing tools and workflows. Craft partners and integrates with third party data sources such as Dun & Bradstreet, Rapid Ratings, LexisNexis, SecurityScorecard, supplier.io and CSRHub. Learn more here.
Crux – Crux was founded in 2017 with the mission to build technology solutions that alleviate data bottlenecks and increase the flow of data from those that supply it to those that consume it. There are over 145 data suppliers currently delivered by Crux. These include S&P Global Market Intelligence, Factset, Dun & Bradstreet, IHS Markit, RepRisk, Weather Source, AP, and Moody’s Analytics, to name a few.
Also announced was the Supply Chain Pulse module, which can be used with Supply Chain Twin to provide real-time dashboards, advanced analytics, alerts on critical issues like potential disruptions, and collaboration in Google Workspace.