AI can help firms achieve supply chain sustainability - IBM

IBM' Jonathan Wright says that with careful adoption AI can help firms' stay on track with sustainability and profitability roadmaps

In today’s digitally advanced world, whether a company wins or loses in the market may depend on the strength of its AI model and data quality, says EY.

And most big consultancy firms agree. Manhattan Associates, for example, also believes generative AI can have a positive effect on supply chain

But as with any new technology, power is nothing without control, and Jonathan Wright – Global Managing Partner Finance & Supply Chain Transformation at IBM – says that, although generative AI has captured the attention of business leaders and has become recognised as a transformative tool by leading CEOs, the transition to it becoming a central supply chain tool comes with a number of challenges.

These, he says, include knowing how to responsibly move forward, while maintaining the trust of businesses, employees and shareholders.

He adds that another problem is training.

“The modernisation of technology is a key factor in achieving productivity goals, and most CEOs report seeing numerous benefits to implementing generative AI across their organisation. Yet fewer of their executive teams feel they have the right knowledge to deploy it.”

Sustainability key part of AI’s use in supply chain

But Wright adds that making sustainability a part of AI’s use in supply chain is absolutely critical.

He says: “Sustainability is a great challenge for business leaders, who are aware that profitability and sustainability go hand-in-hand, and that organisations must leverage opportunities to progress. 

“Sustainability and profitability roadmaps are also progressive steps for organisations, as they enable leaders to identify existing opportunities and shortcomings within the IT landscape. This not only facilitates decision-making but is likely to enhance productivity, too.

“Organisations can leverage IT modernisation to drive progress towards their sustainability objectives through various means. “Implementing AI can automate the processing of data, converting it into valuable outputs while maintaining data reliability. 

“And by adopting green IT solutions for enterprises to minimise their IT carbon footprint and potentially reduce computing costs by up to 30%. And, finally, by using advanced analytics platforms to offer transparent management of sustainability data across value chains.” 

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