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Innovating for Tomorrow: MRO Supply-Chain-as-a-Service

Outsourcing has been stigmatized as being all about labor arbitrage – shifting the work (whether it’s procurement, payroll, customer service) to another party, usually in another part of the world where it can be done cheaper. While outsourcing MRO procurement is a good start to centralize this critical, yet non-core function, it’s really just the beginning of the journey to a more connected, mutually beneficial approach.

The evolution towards the as-a-service model blends people and technology to deliver true value. SDI’s Kurt Meiers takes us through the evolution of procurement and sourcing to this as-a-service model, outlining the drivers, enablers and obstacles, and how this new model is bringing agility and reliability to MRO.

Success Story

It is important for my MRO supply chain provider to have a general understanding of my business--SDI knows my business from end to end.

SDI at Work

Today's pace of change does not conform to yesterday's methods or business cultures. In this blog post, SDI explores the dynamics of internal colleagues as well as rapid changes in terms of market disruptions and technology advances. 

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.