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Digital Supply Chain

Navigating the Supply Chain Management Fault Line

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Tremors. Seismic shifts. Supply chain management technology has a fault line. It is growing. The technology market for supply chain management is dramatically shifting. Last week I bounced from call to call. Innovative startups. Artificial Intelligence innovators. Blockchain ventures attempting to define business processes and new approaches. In parallel, I am also seeing market consolidation of traditional applications. There are five fundamental shifts: Redefinition of Decision Support Software. Last week,…

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Trust, But Verify

By | Demand, demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, planning benchmarking | No Comments

When I joined the world of software as a business analyst from manufacturing, I was naive. How so? I never fathomed the amount of money that commissioned software sales personnel make selling software. This high level of compensation drives extreme behavior. In the selection of software, where the rubber meets the road, the sale of software often becomes a brutal and competitive battle. With a heightened focus on winning the deal,…

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AGCO: Driving a Digital Manufacturing Transformation

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Today, I got a quick email from Peggy Gulick. Peggy was a speaker at the Supply Chain Global Summit. She had some exciting news.  AGCO was honored to receive the AME 2017 Excellence Award. Congrats to the Agco team. I loved Peggy’s presentation at the Summit. When her employees kept breaking their tablets on the production floor, Peggy used lean-production thought processes to innovate for new answers. While many employers would…

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Getting Serious About Outside-in Processes

By | Demand, Demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Downstream data | No Comments

Within a supply chain organization there is turmoil. The enlightened leader knows that the efficient silos do not create the most effective supply chains; however, it is hard to deviate from the traditional path that focused inside-out. Most are on a fixed march for process standardization to build efficient vertical silos. These traditional processes are batch, often using latent data, and the focus is inside-out. The building of outside-in processes,…

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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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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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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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VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

By | Demand, demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, Market-Driven, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

Slowly, more and more companies are waking up to the cold and hard facts. Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. I have personally experienced the failure.  Lift my soul by sharing some success stories.”  This is my new mission. Through the next two months I am focusing on…

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Go Horizontal!

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Market-Driven | No Comments

Functional silos define today’s supply chain organization.  The silos compete. They lack alignment, and a result, cannot effectively collaborate. This lack of alignment is an impediment to improving balance sheet results. I am a product of traditional, silo-based thinking. My first job was in manufacturing in the 1980’s. I did not understand warehousing and transportation until reassignment to a logistics role in 1985. I needed to experience it to understand…

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Trying to Figure Out New Forms of Analytics

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, New technologies

Understanding the new world of supply chain analytics is my current research project. Using unstructured and stream data is a brave new world. The possibilities of data variety and velocity to improve supply chain management excite me. As I study the market, today I have more questions than answers. There is a great need for improved supply chain analytics. New solutions offer great promise. The pace of solution evolution is moving…

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