Graphs help manufacturing business

If your business is the manufacturing and sales of any type of products, and you’re not using graph technologies to monitor and manage everything from the supply chain to resources to sales, your business is severely missing out.

It is of utmost importance for your business to have real-time and precise information about parts, materials and resources used to manufacture a product. After manufacturing, the products are transported, likely warehoused, improved upon, and finally delivered and even installed, maybe even as part of a larger delivery and installation. The more complex this supply-delivery chain is, the greater the risk of unforeseen problems arising. How do you and your colleagues see and manage the entire chain and the dependencies between all parts? Are all employees aware of what’s going on or do they send messages and emails to one another asking, “where is X or what is the situation with Y”?

  • Graphs are perfect for mapping complex, interconnected supply chains and resources, and performing at high level even with massive volumes of data. Interconnecting data within ERPs, PLMs, CRMs, PMs, documentation, etc. to give a holistic view of all operations, so that everyone is aware of the status.
  • Graphs can reveal problems and how they affect other areas, e.g. a delay in parts delivery from a supplier causes a delay in customer delivery, which can immediately be seen and addressed adequately. If your systems are not integrated and interconnected, this seamless view and access is just not possible.


Typically, different functions within a supply-delivery chain have specialized users using separate systems to e.g. logistics monitors and manages parts deliveries, then customer-facing employees have their own CRM and product systems. All information usually compartmentalized and limited to the work-description and skills of the employees. This is because the systems and applications require specialized training to use and understand. Graphs can normalize the view to any data, regardless of the data-source, enabling any employee to understand all parts of the chain easier. This gives your organization operational transparency on all levels, better governance and certainly improves performance and customer service. Graphs can turn all your employees into Power-Users of data and information overnight.

As Relefant is built on graph databases and knowledge graphs, this relationship-centric approach enables us to help your business to better interpret, visualise and manage even all your data in real-time. This is the solution to mitigate and manage complex relationships across supplier networks to ensure your processes from supply to delivery run smoother. Relefant simplifies complex graph structures into even easier and more understandable views, so every employee can fully benefit from the powerful information knowledge-graphs provide.

From our 1-stop application, Relefant enables trackable and in-depth views and brings interoperability with all systems and applications, to manage products, suppliers and resources and the relationships between them.

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