Supply Chain Risk Analytics & Management Solution (SCRAMS) Enterprise Version helps you make sense of the supply chain information you already have, but which you cannot effectively analyze for supply chain risks. Simply upload your procurement information, and SCRAMS automatically analyzes your organization’s procurement information for supply chain risks, and also provides improved supply chain visibility. In comparison to easySCRAMS, the enterprise version include more advanced analytics, supports advanced searching and visualizations, more detailed reports, and can be customized to your specific needs

Expand the following sections for more details about the SCRAMS Enterprise version:

The SCRAMS application ingests a data dump from SAP ERP (incl. SAP-based installations such as Navy ERP) etc. The data is processed, converted, and ingested into a graph database (Neo4j) to build a node/relationship-based data graph that is used intensively by SCRAMS’s search and analytics features (see Figure below). SCRAMS enriches the graph with data from additional data sources (such as CAGE info from SAM, location from Google Maps, etc.).

SCRAMS allows users to drill-down search the data using a text input field and search buttons automatically determined by the graph structure. For example, a user can search for a product by typing text in the field and selecting the ‘Product Name’ button to search the DB. The result is displayed in a table with buttons to save, export and print. Users can also visualize search results graphically in 2D, 3D, and in virtual reality (see here for proof-of-concept feature). Users can narrow down displayed search results through a provided text input field on top of the result table. Further drill-down searching is available from each search step result: The left column of the result table usually contains checkboxes that allow the user to select particular rows for deeper search. Once the selection is made, users can select a button from the button menu and SCRAMS will search and return those drill-down search results, again in tables containing data relationships and information.

SCRAMS supports automatic algorithmic analysis of the data, which identifies and aggregates “risk indicator” results based on requirements provided by Navy’s SCRM lead, such as product pricing anomalies, vendor location mismatch, CAGE code anomalies, component serial number anomalies, etc. The results are SCRM “risk indicators”, not conclusive risk determinations, because surrounding factors are analyzed, rather than the actual ICT parts. The analyses are automatically executed periodically. Risk indicator information is automatically displayed on the landing page when the user logs in. The SCRAMS app can also push (e.g. email) risk indicator reports to notify designated users.

Users can export results (in table form) into Excel/PDF/Word. Users can also save current search results (both results snapshots of current results, and queries).
Users can upload files in 1000+ supported formats from the SCRAMS web interface, including images. SCRAMS extracts the text (incl. from images, using OCR), and indexes the extracted text to allow full-text searching from within the SCRAMS web UI.

The SCRAMS app interacts with SCRAMS’s externalized attribute-based access control (ABAC) system, which is based on our innovative OpenPMF security policy automation product. SCRAMS obtains fine-grained permission information via OpenPMF’s ClientSDK feature, which control access at a fine granularity (individual Web UI menus and buttons etc.). In other words, users in different groups get different menus and buttons on their web UI. Furthermore, SCRAMS supports industry-standard single sign-on (SSO) using OpenID Connect via Tomcat.

Our fully functioning, robust SCRAMS application prototype is a Java web application running on a web application server (Tomcat), that provides users access from web browsers.

Our AFMEP prototype feature adds an innovative solution to analyze microelectronics circuit boards to SCRAMS. It automatically collects relevant information about the analyzed microelectronics device from images and scans of the analyzed device, as well as many public and vendor-provided sources.

Thanks to its automation under the hood and the convenience of the rich user interface, AFMEP makes determining the bill of materials for the circuit board much easier and more reliable. And thanks to its innovative patent-pending technology, AFMEP is in many cases able to confirm automatically that the identified microelectronics parts should be on the analyzed circuit board, and that the analyzed circuit board should be in the analyzed device. Importantly, AFMEP achieves this without the need for a “golden unit”. It also automatically analyzes the risk associated with particular parts.AFMEP brings together a wide range of results and detailed supporting information in an automatically generated report.

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SCRAMS Enterprise version capabilities include:

  • Supplier identification and information, including associated IT components
  • Federated search of available government and internet data
  • Facilitated data discovery and federated searching
  • Analytical capabilities to recognize risks, incl. (automated) anomaly detection
  • Ingested SAP ERP (+ supports document import from 1000+ formats for searching)
  • Saving and exporting queries and reports, exports to PDF, and MS Excel & Word
  • Support for all stakeholders (power users, contract managers etc.)
  • Security features (granular permissions, ABAC, integrated security policy automation with OpenPMF)
  • Web-access and centralized cloud service
  • Scaling with users, data and analytics
  • Web compatible access (HTML, JavaScript, CSS),
  • User accessibility support in browsers
  • Circuit board BOM analysis

How to use/adopt SCRAMS:

  • SCRAMS can be deployed as an appliance/virtual appliance. Users access the system using their web browser
  • Database admins provide supply chain data (e.g. ERP/SAP export/import) or upload documents directly
  • SCRAMS ingests provided data into a graph database, enabling advanced search and automatically applied risk analytics
  • There may be some upfront cost for new customers because SAP (and other ERP) data is not 100% uniform across organizations. ObjectSecurity’s in-house data ingestion service leverages automation to keep cost low, because of the amount and complexity of the imported information.

Not quite ready for the SCRAMS Enterprise Version? Try easySCRAMS today – it’s free, easy-to-use, and quick.