Category Archives: Big data supply chains

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Cognitive Computing: Getting Clear on Definitions

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No doubt about it. The decision-support technologies that we use today–price management, trade promotion management, network design, supply chain planning, transportation planning, supplier risk management–are on the cusp of redefinition through new forms of analytics. We are on a hype cycle. There is no common definition of cognitive computing and there are many variants. A blue ocean lies ahead. We can only imagine what this means.   Navigating the Hype…

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A New Red Wagon?

By | Big data supply chains, Global Supply Chains, Supply Chain Insights | No Comments

I grew up in the mountains of West Virginia. In my youth, my mom would frequently exclaim, “Be careful where you hook your red wagon.” The mountain expression is a warning. My mom wanted me to make smart choices and be careful on placing my bets for the future. Amazon bought Whole Foods Market. Google is launching autonomous vehicles. There are seismic shifts occurring between industries in value chains. Fear…

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Digital Transformation: It Takes a Village

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As I participate in technology briefings with vendors, I am trying to piece together the future of supply chain management. For me it is not clear. I believe that supply chain leaders are in the middle of step change in process innovation driven by not one, but a confluence of technologies. In each briefing, presenters bandy about the word “digital” like I throw Parmesan cheese on a pizza. (The more the better.)…

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Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

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Today I attended the SAPinsider Conference. The theme? Digital transformation. The storyline of the event goes like this: Do you have the business problem of complexity, personalization, and globalization requiring faster time to market? (Complete with nice videos and Shutterstock pictures.) The answer? Digital transformation. How? SAP S4/HANA delivers on the goal of digital transformation. On stage there is inordinate hand-waving, but few details. The storyline bothers me. Here I…

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WOAH? Are You Guilty?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, digital supply chains | No Comments

New technologies abound. In supply chain, right now, the rate of change is exciting. On the horizon, innovation opportunities are limitless through the confluence of technologies like cognitive learning, blockchain, streaming data architectures/sensors (Internet of Things), and mobility. Yet, I see companies make the same mistake over and over. What is it? Using new technologies to automate yesterday’s processes. Most companies I work with try to make their current processes…

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Seven Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, Risk management, Safe and Secure Supply Chain, Supply Chain visibility | 2 Comments

Hyperledger. Blockchain. New concepts? Yes. Get used to it. They are here to stay. I think defining the future of Supply Chain technology means that we, as supply chain leaders, need to take a hard left. We are moving at a steady pace down a road that is well-known and safe, but is not sufficient. What do I mean? Let me explain. Today’s supply chains use closed and proprietary technologies. I…

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Not the Jetsons: Ten Use Cases for Cognitive Learning in Supply Chain

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Remember the Jetsons?  While the Flintstones chronicled a Stone Age family with work powered by birds and dinosaurs, the Jetsons symbolized the future. The show aired with catchy music from 1962 to 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes, in 1985 to 1987. While the Flintstones rolled around in crude vehicles with stone wheels, the Jetsons rode high over the city buildings in airborne spacecraft. Robots and automation enriched the Jetsons’ lives….

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Building the Network of Networks. Call for Action. Want to Help?

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, Global Supply Chains, market-driven value chains, Supply Chain visibility | No Comments

In the 1980s commercial internet providers evolved. In 2001 Steve Jobs put 1000 songs in our pocket.  And steadily, over the last three decades, mobile phones changed the pace of business. In the process, the banks got bigger and business networks grew more complex. In the last decade social networks and new business models evolved. eCommerce and electronic shopping carts drove new forms of commerce. It lifted all boats in…

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Five Trends That Excite Me!

By | Big data supply chains, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain visibility | One Comment

Holiday travel. Packed airports and the children screaming in unison. Today as I sit scrunched into a coach seat in 26C, working on this blog post and hoping to not spill my coffee on my neighbor, I dutifully type to complete my weekly post. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I give thanks for our clients and the ability to do what we do.  Here I share insights on the work…

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Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For.

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Inventory Management, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 4 Comments

On Sunday I spent the day at the Barnes Foundation with an old friend Karen. I love art museums, and connections with old friends are great for the soul. The Barnes Foundation is an incredible exposition of some of my favorite artists–Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso. It was a good day. As Karen and I set out on foot, my legs, tired from ballet classes, and my body weary from a…

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