Another Year Older. Another Year Wiser.

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

Yesterday was my birthday. I am another year older, and hopefully a year wiser.  I was glad to celebrate with friends. I was not alone. Through social networks, I learned that many of my friends have the same birthday.  Yes, Bruce, Eric, Jeff, Marianne, Mindy, Mikey and Tom all share my special date. We celebrated virtually. Social networks make this all so easy. I was blessed. The team at Supply Chain Insights gave me a…

Read More

Musings on Big Data and Supply Chains. Fireworks?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Demand sensing, Downstream data, Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

“You are speaking a new language. Where do we go to learn these new concepts?” A recent client comment during a session on Big Data Usage in Supply Chain It is July 3rd. For most of us YANKS, tomorrow is a holiday. It is time for us to wave flags, sing patriotic songs and watch fireworks blaze magnificent patterns on night skies. For me, while I will watch the fireworks,…

Read More

Wrong People on the Bus?

By | Demand, Market-Driven | No Comments

Most people assume that great bus drivers (read: business leaders) immediately start the journey by announcing to the people on the bus where they’re going—by setting a new direction or by articulating a fresh corporate vision. In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus,…

Read More

Supply Chain Software Circle Jerk

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

Circle Jerk:  A group discussion or activity between like-minded individuals that validates mutual biases or goals in a non-confrontational environment.  Source:  Urban Dictionary   (Now that I have your attention, let’s get our mind’s out of the gutter and talk about a problem in the software industry.) In the software technology world, there are two launch periods for new products:   the spring and the fall conference sessions.  In both, technology providers…

Read More

Rock, Scissors, Paper. Pitfalls and Potholes of Integrated Business Planning

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 3 Comments

Tonight, as I flew back from SAP Insider, three blog posts danced around in my head. I thought about the looming deadline on my book and two presentations to finish for next week.  I find myself with lots of ideas fighting in my mind to get to paper. As I start this blog post, I face a conundrum.  Which blog post to write?  I am excited about all three.  So,…

Read More

March Winds Signaling Spring?

By | Market-Driven, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

I live near the water in Baltimore; and as I write this blog, the spring winds are blowing hard against my windows.  The glass is rattling in the panes. They are trying hard to withstand the forceful gusts.  All day, it was ferocious. The whistling winds are signaling the end of winter, and the start of a new cycle called SPRING.  As a gardener, I love SPRING! I think that March Winds are a great metaphor for this…

Read More