Category Archives: Big data supply chains


Offering Prayers While Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

By | Big data supply chains, Safe and Secure Supply Chain | No Comments

The city of Philadelphia is eerily quiet this morning. On the door of my favorite coffee shop is a “Closed” sign. There is no traffic on the streets. Only armed guards with dogs stand on the corners, strategically posted behind 8-foot barricades. Why? The City of Brotherly Love is preparing to welcome the Pope. I live in Center City, Philadelphia. Today, the word security has a different meaning. Unfortunately, we live in…

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Using the Bits: Building Digital Outside-In Processes

By | Big data supply chains, Demand driven, demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping, Digital Supply Chain, Market-Driven | No Comments

Social. Mobile. Sensors. 3D printing. The Internet of Things. The list goes on and on. The atoms and electrons of the supply chain are changing. My mind is spinning with the possibilities. Transmitted perfectly, replicated indefinitely; and with a one-time investment in network infrastructure, a digital task performs well with zero marginal cost.  As a result, new data types move quicker and more accurately, with lower levels of investment. I…

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Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply chain planning | 17 Comments

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. As I look below, I see field after field of United States farmland. The land looks like a giant puzzle. After a busy week with high-tech and electronics clients, my fingers are itching to help others solve a different type of puzzle. The goal of this blog is to…

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Rethinking the How…

By | Big data supply chains, Bricks Matter, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies | 2 Comments

The sun is shining brightly through the conference room windows as I listen to the consultants talk. It’s buzzword bingo at its finest. The air is thick. It is comical. The term ‘big data’ is all the rage. The market has dried up for large Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations, and the large consultants are prowling the market staking their claim for their next gig. For me, buzzword bingo on big…

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