THERE ARE ONLY THREE SCREENS:
1. MY ACCOUNT Screen – where you manage the supply chain models you are working on and handle other details such as importing case studies from the library, and sharing supply chain models with others.
2. EDIT Screen – where you build and edit models of different supply chains. This is where you define the four supply chain entities (products, facilities, vehicles, routes) and combine them to create supply chain models.
3. SIMULATE Screen – where you run simulations of the supply chain models built in the edit screen. It shows you how well your model performs and generates data you use to fix problems and improve performance of your supply chain model.
SCM Globe uses two user interface design techniques to provide a lot of information in a quickly understandable manner. These two techniques are:
- Maps and satellite photos provide geographic context to enable “situational awareness” for each supply chain model you work with. Use this context to orient yourself and understand the environment your supply chain operates in. This is your framework for seeing the big picture and also understanding the detailed data displayed as you edit and simulate your supply chains.
- Heads-up displays (HUDs) deliver detailed data within the geographic context of the supply chain you are working on. Detailed data is shown in sidebar displays and dialog boxes overlaid on maps and satellite photos. Seeing this detailed data within a larger geographic context, helps you avoid the problem of getting lost in those details and not seeing what is really going on.
This user interface design minimizes the need to flip from one screen to another while you create and change supply chain models and run simulations. SCM Globe provides the HUD and simulation capabilities, and leverages Google Maps to provide the map and satellite photos (it could also use other mapping apps with the needed functionality such as Apple Maps, Open Street Maps, etc.).