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Demand shaping

Demand Driven: Can We Sidestep Religious Arguments?

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 5 Comments

The 2016 US presidential political contest was brutal. Emotions are still quite raw. I hated it. When emotions run high, everyone loses. Unfortunately, I think the concept of “Demand Driven” is headed down the same path. I feel the discussions are becoming religious arguments about right and wrong instead of healthy discovery  (much like this picture of Tibetan monks debating). Let’s face it, the definition of demand-driven is evolving. There…

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A River Runs Through It

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

A River Runs Through It is one of my favorite films. The scenes directed by Robert Redford are beautiful. As the story unfolds, a family with many dramatic ups and downs always return to the Blackfoot River to fish. The river becomes the thread that connects their lives. The last scene shows an old man sitting on the Montana river where he used to fish with his family many years ago. He…

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My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

As an analyst in the supply chain market for 15 years, I have written many articles on best-of-breed technology companies purchased by a larger company. Today I am writing my take on the acquisition of Terra Technology by E2open. In the market announcement yesterday the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. I have followed both of these companies for 15 years and writing this post is bittersweet. It is a story of…

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Three Reasons Why I Love Hadoop, and You Should Too!

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

The elephants are coming! They will soon change your supply chain. In time, you will come to love them. I think that they will be a game changer. What do I mean? Let’s start with a story. Designed in the 1960s when a Megabyte (MB) of disk storage cost the same as a Terabyte (TB) does today, relational databases form the basis of today’s supply chain systems and IT architectures….

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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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Cradle to Grave?

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

Last week, I interviewed Robert Byrne, founder of Terra Technology on his demand planning benchmarking study. I enjoy creating the Straight Talk podcast series, and Rob’s findings in his benchmark study are always thought-provoking. This is his fifth year of studying demand processes. In this blog, I share the findings and why I think they should matter to supply chain professionals in consumer-facing industries. Based on Rob’s study, the number…

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Give New Answers to Bridget

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping, Downstream data, Social supply chains, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights Community | No Comments

It was a stuffy, hot day, and I found myself sitting by Bridget. The supply chain team was attempting to explain their demand-driven project. They were asking for funding; and Bridget, the treasurer, was not buying the message. On my way back to the train, I struggled with what had just happened. I had worked hard to teach the team—presenting how to talk the language of demand —but it was not…

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Stasis

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | One Comment

sta•sis (ˈsteɪ sɪs, ˈstæs ɪs) n., pl. sta•ses (ˈsteɪ siz, ˈstæs iz) the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal force It was 1988. I was involved in early Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) pilots. In my work at Clorox we were starting to ship to Walmart using Retail Link. We were excited. It seemed like the start of a great thing. In the pilot, we were able to see retailer flows. We…

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It Is ABOUT Time!

By | Demand, Demand sensing, Demand shaping, Downstream data | One Comment

Last week, when I attended the SAP CVN session on Supply Chain Management, SAP previewed their work on Demand Signal Management.  While the presentation was at a very high level — lacking the depth for an old analyst to sink her teeth into — I found the questions from customers to be fascinating. Here I share my insights on the release, and answer the questions. Next week at SAP Insider, North American customers will gather…

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