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New NIST proposal may require tracking in supply chain

New NIST proposal may require tracking in supply chain

Time tracker software may become much more heavily utilized in the manufacturing and supply chain world, as a recent proposal from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on federal agency supply chain risk management would give a new group of controls that would require a number of additions. Tracking systems or components may need to be more heavily used throughout a supply chain, NIST said.

“To what degree that policy should penetrate the supply chain – whether down to the level of each part labeled with a serial number, or what the publication calls an ‘organization-defined system’ – the draft guidance doesn’t state,” according to FierceGovernmentIT. “At the chosen level, the policy should include methods for tracking activities such as purchasing, shipping and receiving, and a process for transferring responsibility over provenance across organizations.”

NIST tells agencies that they should analyze their system for susceptibility to certain threats, especially ones that would be malicious and affect the lifecycle. The news source said manufacturers in the U.S. have been somewhat unhappy with efforts by Congress to limit organizations from buying systems with a connection to China. There are concerns that other countries could draft similar language to protect their organizations from using U.S.-based manufacturing technology solutions.

Moving into the cloud may be helpful
Cloud and ERP professional Louis Columbus wrote on Forbes that a move into the cloud may help make any of these transitions to new tools and technology easier on organizations. In fact, he said the reliance on cloud-based human resource management systems may help unify all manufacturing locations across the world, which would include combining talent management, recruiting, payroll and time tracking into an easily usable solution for an organization.

Using the cloud can also help supply chains and manufacturers become far more efficient than they have been in the past, according to Columbus.

“Increasing reliance on two-tier ERP strategies to gain greater efficiencies in material planning, supplier management and reduce logistics costs,” he wrote. “Manufacturers are also using this strategy to gain greater independence from a single ERP vendor dominating their entire operations.”

Large systems may be harder to customize, but when breaking it down with the cloud, ERP may become easier to operate. This is especially true for companies in need of distributed geographic regions, he said. No matter what, organizations have to figure out how they can adapt to any new standards and realize why, as far as business goes, it could be helpful.

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