The Fight of the Titans

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In Greek mythology, there is a difference between a Titan and a God. A Titan was a primordial god born of Uranus and Gaea and ruled the earth until overthrown by the next generation, younger Olympian gods. The evolution sprung from chaos. Titans were born through brute strength and Gods drove more refined outcomes. Supply chain leaders are competitive. The field of supply chain management—combining source, make and deliver into…

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Parts Are Not Parts

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Companies state that they want bold change; but within the company, I find swirling inaction. It baffles me. Why? Companies are at a tipping point. Traditional processes are not sufficient and there is a war being waged between traditionalists and reformers. Within IT organizations, there are many zealots of existing systems. I am speaking to companies that are being held hostage to SAP HANA upgrades with 70% cost overruns and…

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Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

By | market-driven value chains, metrics that matter, New technologies | No Comments

Definitions: Provocateur. A person who or thing which provokes; a challenger, instigator, inciter, irritator; (in later use) specifically = “provocateur.” Incrementalism. Movement by degrees. Known by gradualism. I am tired. For the past month, I have been working alongside companies implementing digital strategies. In my experience, during the first session energy is high. As time goes on these high energies dissipate. Fear engulfs companies. Teams cannot help themselves. They guard the…

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Forecasting: Let’s Start by Asking the Right Questions

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | 2 Comments

Ten calls.  They are all starting to sound the same. Here is the storyline: “We implemented SAP APO, and we now know its limitations. We have tried SAP IBP and are not impressed. Since SAP is not investing in improving the depth of their solutions for planning, we are looking for a new solution. Can you help us select a new approach? Which of these vendors do you suggest?” They…

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Building the Network of Networks

By | Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Network of Networks, New technologies | One Comment

Today I am facilitating a share group. The dream is to build a Network of Networks. The goal is to close current gaps, to build inter-enterprise visibility, and improve interoperability between businesses.  Today the gaps are large. The solutions to close the gaps are not easy. In attendance are manufacturing representatives from BASF, BerryGlobal, Corning, Covestro, Grace, Evonik, Intel, Monsanto, and Smith’s Detection.  Prior attendance included Adama, Dow, J&J, Nestle, P&G, Siemens,…

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Why Our Goal Should Not Be an Integrated Supply Chain

By | planning benchmarking, supply chain analytics, Supply chain planning | No Comments

This week I spoke at an SAS Global Analytics Summit on the connected supply chain. In my view, the connected supply chain is very, very different from the integrated supply chain. Here, in this blog post, I want to provoke teams to think through the differences, and really question what they are asking for. Some History In 2002 I worked for Gartner Group in the business applications practice. This was in…

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Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

By | metrics that matter, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Financial Reengineering is the radical redesign of business processes and organizational structure in order to achieve significant improvements in performance, such as productivity, cost reduction, cycle time, and quality. It is the basis for many recent developments in management. Sounds good? Right? Think again. The traditional supply chain leader was only focused on cost reduction. This sounds aligned with financial reengineering. Right? The correct answer is “Wrong.” Let me explain. Financial…

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What Is Planning?

By | Demand, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Cloud. Descriptive analytics. Prescriptive analytics. Machine learning. Collaborative workflow. What-if analysis. I find, as I attend conferences, that the word ‘planning’ is bandied about, but few technologists dive into the details. We have lost the ability to have a discussion on the fundamentals. It drives a supply chain planning gal like me crazy. Here I share some insights on planning. For everyone trying to navigate new technology options, this is an…

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What Remains the Same?

By | Digital Supply Chain | No Comments

It is Saturday. This was a tough travel week on the East Coast by any measure. I’m rearranging my schedule as stranded friends cancel personal plans. As I write, a ferocious wind whips around my apartment windows reminding me that the weather always has the upper hand. My goal in this blog post is to answer a series of questions I got from the audience when I spoke at a couple of conferences…

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Building the Digital Supply Chain: Pushing the Bird from the Nest

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Last week was the sixth anniversary of my founding of Supply Chain Insights.  Over 1000 people wrote me congratulatory notes on LinkedIn. Most were from people who I do not know. I find this rewarding and humbling. February also marks my eighth year of blogging. The journey of creating Open Content research and blogging is a life journey that chose me. I didn’t choose it. The path is one that I…

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