Supply Chain in the Fast Lane

Befitting the birthplace of the assembly line, Detroit is slowly moving from Model T to Indy-car speed in terms of its supply chain. Although transforming decades-old rivalries into partnerships and defining electronic standards might not quite be the...



Will this idling cause Covisint to play technological catch-up for quite some time, possibly forever? In the Internet world, aren't there two classes of enterprises, the quick and the re-org'ed? Ekoniak says that's an issue that bears inspection. It will be interesting to see, because once they got approval from both the U.S. and German authorities, their plan was to move full speed ahead, and it's taken longer than they anticipated. It's a challenge getting Ford, DaimlerChrysler and GM to all agree on one thing. If they do get that agreement, if they do get a CEO who everyone's happy with and everyone can trust, then I think they can move along pretty quickly. If there continues to be bickering and infighting, it could be a different story.


Just as it's pretty impossible to say that anybody has an American car, given the multinational nature of car manufacturing, it's hard to say for sure where supply chain enablement efforts will lead in the automotive world. It seems safe to say that the automotive supply chain will become more enabled, and that enablement will have an effect on consumers and suppliers, but the extent of that enablement, and the speed at which it is reached, is still unknown. It's not quite the start of a race, but the checkered flag isn't quite in sight.

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