We observe Hispanic Heritage Month with the second installment of our blog series celebrating Flex team members of Latinx or Hispanic origin who have made significant contributions to our manufacturing and supply chain excellence. Latonia Browder, global head of inclusion and diversity at Flex, marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with the first of our blog series.
Flex Pulse™, our award-winning digital supply chain management tool, celebrates its five-year anniversary this year. There was much buzz surrounding its unveiling, a breakthrough in the world of supply chain management which at the time drew coverage by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, among others.
Today, Flex Pulse is as fresh and innovative as ever thanks to continuous enhancements to its functionalities and data sources. It’s no wonder that customers who step into a Flex Pulse Center are awed by the wall-to-wall data visualization dashboards that enable us to manage our customers’ supply chain in real time.
The tool provides critical data to 5,200+ team members in our global supply chain organization, equipping them with facts and insights to anticipate issues and optimize decision-making.
As the eyes and ears of our complex and distributed supply chain, Flex Pulse ingests data from hundreds of internal and external data sources, watching and listening for events that may affect our supply chain risks and efficiency.
Flex Pulse is also set apart by its highly visual and actionable dashboards. Because the visualizations are intuitive and real-time, our teams can easily see potential blind spots and trouble areas before they become serious problems.
Let's say our team members have to quickly pinpoint purchase orders that need to be updated due to a change in customer requirements. Using Pulse, they quickly filter the list of purchase orders for actioning by order of importance via a key performance indicator, allowing them to initiate the required workflows with a single click. This click assigns an action to an owner and triggers a tailored workflow for resolution. This is just one of many examples of how we rely on Flex Pulse to help us proactively and seamlessly manage our supply chain to produce and deliver quality products for customers on schedule.
Meet two leaders behind Flex Pulse
Two leaders who spearheaded the development of Flex Pulse from the beginning are Araceli Delgadillo from our IT organization and Javier Ramirez, a member of our supply chain solutions team.
Araceli and Javier took the reins of Flex Pulse from its inception and completed the build in just five months thanks to collaboration across global operations, procurement, supply chain and IT. Five years later, the tool has undergone enormous transformation, with the number of apps and data sources multiplying exponentially.
Flex Pulse is all about reducing friction and increasing asset velocity.- Javier Ramirez, Director Supply Chain Solutions, Flex
“We continue to make enhancements every day,” says Javier. “Flex Pulse is all about reducing friction and increasing asset velocity so we can ship quality products to our customers on time. It makes our supply chain best-in-class. We’ve even had requests from businesses that want to license it!”
Flex Pulse supports our team of thousands to enable a flexible supply chain.- Araceli Delgadillo, Sr. Manager, IT Enterprise Solutions, Flex
For Araceli, giving life to a mission-critical tool is a point of pride. "Flex Pulse was a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with key teams across the organization and bring out the best of our creativity and expertise to design, create and scale a tool that supports our team of thousands to enable a flexible supply chain.”
Both Araceli and Javier hail from Guadalajara, Mexico where Flex has sizable operations. Now based in Silicon Valley, both remain passionate about pushing Flex Pulse to deliver more, from anticipating the needs of the business to tapping advances in analytics and other digital technologies.
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