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Solution Improves Visibility, Continuity of Supply, and Risk Management for US Government Client

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THE CHALLENGE

A US government client faced three primary supply chain vulnerabilities:

  • Lack of real-time visibility and control over the components and microelectronics that went into electronic devices procured by the Department of Defense (DoD).
  • Inadequate sources of supply and difficulty comparing new and existing authorized sources of supply.
  • Insufficient means of assessing security or product integrity risk.

THE SOLUTION

Our supply chain provenance solutions gave the client real-time visibility and control over the components and materials of their supply chain. It enabled them to identify authorized distributors, alternative manufacturers & sources of supply, as well as to better characterize and quantify risks.

The solution also addressed security and data governance challenges, ensuring product integrity and end-use customer safety at DoD. Utilizing our multi-dimensional approach to data curation, we implemented a fully customizable dashboard that displayed comprehensive risk analysis for electronic devices. We identified unknown components, mapped Bills of Material and tracked supply chain provenance. SDX also ascertained discreet & aggregate risk profiles, including:

  • Country of origin
  • Authorized distributors
  • Manufacturers of the components
  • Current inventory levels
  • Custom curated risks fields

We used role-based risk profiles and configurable risk weightings to give functional users the flexibility to filter the data and sources of risk.

THE IMPACT

Our solution gave the government client a comprehensive risk breakdown of supplier & component attributes, discreet & composite risk profiles and real-time supply chain provenance discovery.  

Key deliverables included the ability to:

  • Understand part attributes P/N Characteristics (price, voltage, package, mount, footprint, etc.).
  • Rapidly identify authorized distributors, alternative manufacturers & sources of supply.
  • Forecast the obsolescence of components using Years to EOL Algorithm.
  • Identify alternative suppliers, P/Ns.
  • Monitor, in real-time, supplier inventory levels and price.
  • Make educated component selections through standard risk analysis and scoring for microelectronic components.
  • Aggregate risk analysis over an assembly’s detail parts.

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