The Visibility Cloud (VC) project is still broiled in misplaced save-my-own-ass bureaucracy of a government agency. Instead of waiting and getting into the finger-pointing room, I become invisible to save my own sanity. On the flight from Madison, WI to Las Vegas, NV, I read the Lee Child’s Bad Luck & Trouble, a question was asked of one’s weaknesses and strengths. Weaknesses are many, but what matters in a two party dealing, the weaknesses of the other party are most important. Quite often than not, the weaknesses, if any, of the other party, are not apparent; even some are invisible to both parties. VC is an IT innovation that is most effective when the invisible weaknesses of a supply chain (or supply chains) are discovered. Using SCOR to establish a common baseline (of the supply chain in question) is a start of the discovery process (yet to be documented, discussed and improved if it is a viable tool). With the invisible weaknesses identified, (RFID-enabled) hotspots are mapped, then the VC comes into play with a short deployment period (I would say 3 months) for the supply chain parties to gain Supply Chain Visibility (SCV) to immediately put the invisible weaknesses now visible in check. Sound exciting? It is to me!! During my cooling period, I must re-align my priority, reduce my spread and concentrate on a few areas of interests. It is likely that I will complete my effort to ‘define’ SCV, and do some programming on the side (it is a pain now since GoDaddy is pulling Java off my hosting site – basically killing what I have done so far!!) for fun. To de-stress once in a while with gardening and cooking!! Oh, I read A Wanted Man and it was not good as the unknowns at the beginning become too tangled and illogical at end later half of the book.
Cloud computing did raise attentions to some colleagues in the technology field. I have been struggling with a number of issues in VC (Visibility Cloud) and the clouding cold weather is not helping. Let’s look at the following picture I dreamed up while in Pattaya doing nothing:
What’s on my mind: 1) not sure if ‘cloud services’ are fully in business here in Hong Kong. Was told that Singapore has most of the data centers of the big (US) players. One conversation on if ezTrack was deployed in a cloud, the discussion ended up in the efficiency of the so called provider P and the technical know-how remained to be seen. The database giant O was currently only at the partnership level with the local telecom H. No publishable cloud services were available. Please, someone sends in the clouds to Hong Kong!! 2) not sure if Android 4.0 apps development is fully entrenched in the local software companies here in Hong Kong. Few mentioned that they were capable and had the manpower, and one suggested that they did know some good Android apps developers here in Hong Kong. Could an Android app, not from the Market, once deployed in a mobile device, be able to deployed another in that device OTA? This is an important trait of our cloud-based intelligent apps. Still looking for answer – but first have to find out where to look first, and 3) not sure if a ‘dual’ inlays are at all not possible both technically and is engineering challenged – putting a NFC RFID inlay (ISO-14443) and a UHF RFID inlay (ISO-18000-6C) on one tag? The source tagging, say, of a pair of jeans at the manufacturer should demand a UHF tag for ease of handling, up until at the display shelf of a retailer. Current NFC phones would require upgrade (protocol-wise at least) before an UHF tag could be read, thus, pointing to a straightforward solution to ‘re-tag’ the jeans with a NFC/HF tag and/or a QR code.
Well, too many ‘not sure’ already!! Will have to read more to get an idea how to tackle these issues. At the same time, will read about a ‘traceability implementation case study’ from GS1 to design the plan to a GTC take on a garment supply chain. Back to work. Happy holidays.