Date Added: Dec 2010
Increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) will drive the decisions of supply chain members. As supply chains come to rely more on AI to make operational decisions, the technology across the supply chain will need to become more integrated. The authors already have frameworks such as service oriented architecture (SOA) that lend themselves to system-to-system interaction. Today, most of these integrations are used to pass basic transactional data back and forth. However, some are exchanging forecast data. As these systems become more autonomous at interpreting forecast information, one could envision whole supply chains that push end-consumer trend data all the way through the supply chain to provide data that is used to optimize production output.