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Cliff Gor
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Disrupting Supply chain Management As A Software Engineer

What is Supply Chain Management?

According to Investopedia, Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the management of the flow of goods and services and includes all processes that transform raw materials into final products. It involves the active streamlining of a business's supply-side activities to maximize customer value and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

How do Software Engineers come in place? Software Engineers and Supply Chain Management:

The first time I heard about supply chain management was at work when I was on boarded as a developer atxetova:

  • xetova was launched in 2019 by Bramuel Mwalo with the vision of providing holistic, intelligent and efficient solutions to Africa’s large scale procurement space. xetova was born from his passion in researching and designing solutions that enhance SME inclusion, access to finance, growth acceleration and market inclusion. Comprising a dynamic team with collective experience from various industries, xetova is focused on innovating new business frontiers and strategies in the procurement marketplace to be holistic, collaborative, inclusive and simple.

Two weeks later the company announced that all members were going to have a crash course on supply chain management. I was so excited that I went to take a course on LinkedIn just to get a better understanding of hat Supply Chain Management(SCM) is all about.

In the developer context

  • Supply Chain Management from my context

We develop applications either as a freelancer or at a company and sometimes it takes time to scale. What if we could use SCM as an advantage to scale our applications.

There are key pillars of SCM

  1. Procurement -
    Through procurement, we can for our development process, i.e.
    Your best cloud platform
    The coding language used to build your application
    How much developer time would you spend on it
    How many developers would you need in your team

  2. Manufacturing and Operations-
    As it says, this is the point where all decisions are made and you now start working on your product.

  3. Logistics and Transportation-
    After developing the product you can’t push it to production like that. You have to write tests, know how your users will get to use the product. Should you do marketing of the product? Does the product require onboarding? These are the things you consider before go to market

  4. Go to market

Once you consider all these key pillars you are guaranteed to a successful product that will scale and will have your Product and Development Team Stress-Free with less work.

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