AI has been used to improve supply chain and demand forecasting for a couple of decades. Demand planning applications use data driven algorithms to take historical data and use it to forecast. Demand forecasting can include promotion planning or stock and sales forecasting. The machine looks at the forecast, compares it to actual shipments, and suggests alternatives and optimization options. Over time, many companies started doing more specific forecasting for specific regions, products or stores or for more granular points in time. Both retailers and their suppliers (CPG companies or 3rd party shipping and supply chain companies) use their data to help conduct automated decision making within the supply chain.
Competitor analysis is the process of understanding your competition in order to succeed in the marketplace. With a proper competitor analysis model, you can benchmark your progress against more established competitors, identify your target market, and even anticipate new products or services from your competition.
As organizations continue to adopt IoT technology, ensuring secure access to a private network becomes particularly difficult. Network access control systems, however, protect network data by requiring user authentication and authorization before every request.
These systems also proactively address security breaches, though many also integrate with anti-virus or malware systems that organizations already use.
MFA stands for multi-factor authentication. It refers to the use of more than one means of identification to access a secure software system. Usually, MFA security uses a combination of traditional security measures, like keycards and passwords, and biometric measures, like retinal scans.
A subset of MFA security, which uses two, three, or more authentication measures, 2FA security uses two.
Network segmentation refers to the act of dividing different parts of a network into separate segments or subnets. This is done either physically or technologically, usually as part of a network access control system that limits who can access what parts of the network.
Once organizations have identified subnetworks, they establish virtual fences around them using a variety of techniques, including VLANs, SDNs, and firewalls.
Portfolio management is the management of investments to meet long-term financial objectives.
Today, machine learning models and external data are used in order to help companies and individuals better manage, diversify, and maintain their assets and take on less risk for higher reward.
Today, machine learning models and external data are used in order to help companies and individuals better manage, diversify, and maintain their assets and take on less risk for higher reward. Portfolio management models and use cases include any collection of investment instruments like shares, mutual funds, bonds, FDs and other cash equivalents, etc.
A predictive maintenance model uses sensors and IoT technology to monitor the condition of equipment and predict when it will need repairs or replacements. This equipment may be anything from personal cars to large factory machines.
The machine learning programs used to run these models tend to take either the regression approach or the classification approach. Regression produces more accurate results but relies on more data; classification best predicts equipment failure within a set time period.
Sales forecasting is the system by which future sales volumes are estimated—at what price, during which time, and in which market. Product performance forecasting enables businesses to make informed decisions in both the short term and the long term. Machine learning software is continually improved, providing businesses with better analysis all the time—faster and more reliably than manual methods.
Banks, credit unions, credit card companies, insurance companies, stock brokerages, investment funds, and more must report their activities to government regulatory agencies. Following financial crises in the late 2000s, regulatory compliance has become stricter and more onerous on financial services companies like those listed above.
From the stricter need for reporting and the massive amounts of data generated by financial institutions, the regtech industry has sprung up, combining regulatory reporting and big data technology.
In today's global economy, supply chains include numerous partners, with services and sourcing managed across several organizations and in jurisdictions across the world. Corporations are increasing their use of third-party suppliers in the execution of key strategic imperatives and these third-party operations are becoming larger and more complicated as time goes on. Businesses should upgrade their risk management framework if they don't want to miss potential profits and saved costs.