If we asked readers to translate the sign into French, Spanish, English, Germany, Japanese or Chinese, each of the translations would mean the same thing, but the words and sounds would be different.
The sign is said to be semasciographic. Semasciographic writing or communications systems are independent graphic languages not tied to any one spoken language.
The written language of mathematics using Arabic numerals and standard signs is semasciographic.
Semasciographic communications mean that no translation is necessary. Like this sign, while the sounds of the words relaying the meaning of the sign in English, German, or Chinese may sound vastly different to the hearer, the underlying concept or message is plainly understood when heard in the hearer's native (spoken) language.
The language of mathematics is universal, but…
Even though the language of mathematics is universal—that is to say, eight times eight in any language computes to 64—lots of numbers and mathematical formulas used on a page do not necessarily mean you are communicating or are being understood.
For example, as a supply chain manager, if you share applications, spreadsheets, reports, or whatever that are complex like the one shown here, those to whom you are trying to communicate may fail to understand—even if they are in your own office in the same company. What do you think might happen with the intended recipient if he or she is half-a-world away and speaks another language altogether?
The semasciographic language of supply chains
On the other hand, if you provide your supply chain with easy-to-read (and decode) data in the form of colors (red, yellow and green) and a single number (per SKU-location) that conveys simply and effectively how well the buffer (whether stock, time, or capacity) is protecting FLOW in the supply chain, the recipient can probably digest the information and take appropriate action without “a translator” or long conversations.
From the SUPPLY SIDE, those supplying the buffers can know immediately the how well FLOW is being protected at this moment, and how to set priorities for actions when comparing the colors and numbers for any two or more buffers.
From the DEMAND SIDE, those relying upon the buffers can immediately and effectively assess just how well protected FLOW to them is being protected. They can easily determine if they believe they need to take any actions that might be indicated if there is the possibility of a disruption in FLOW from the buffer.
Demand Driven principles have introduced us to the universal language for supply chain management
Like the semasciographic language of the sign above, demand driven MRP’s language is easy to read, understand, and act upon regardless of your native spoken language.
Now it’s your turn…
Wouldn’t you like to be able to communicate status and priorities simply, yet with extreme effectiveness, up and down your supply chain? Wouldn’t you like to be able to see this effectiveness take hold across company boundaries and even in collaboration with supply chains extending around the globe?
You can. And we can help.
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