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My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, New technologies | 2 Comments

“…the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best” ― Otto von Bismarck This morning I landed in Frankfurt. Keeping with my normal Sunday night ritual, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen my weekly post for the Supply Chain Shaman. I have been writing weekly posts for this blog for eight years. The length of time is hard to believe. I thank…

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Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

By | market-driven value chains, metrics that matter, New technologies | No Comments

Definitions: Provocateur. A person who or thing which provokes; a challenger, instigator, inciter, irritator; (in later use) specifically = “provocateur.” Incrementalism. Movement by degrees. Known by gradualism. I am tired. For the past month, I have been working alongside companies implementing digital strategies. In my experience, during the first session energy is high. As time goes on these high energies dissipate. Fear engulfs companies. Teams cannot help themselves. They guard the…

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Building the Network of Networks

By | Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Network of Networks, New technologies | One Comment

Today I am facilitating a share group. The dream is to build a Network of Networks. The goal is to close current gaps, to build inter-enterprise visibility, and improve interoperability between businesses.  Today the gaps are large. The solutions to close the gaps are not easy. In attendance are manufacturing representatives from BASF, BerryGlobal, Corning, Covestro, Grace, Evonik, Intel, Monsanto, and Smith’s Detection.  Prior attendance included Adama, Dow, J&J, Nestle, P&G, Siemens,…

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Summoning the Courage to Redefine Forecasting: Upending the Apple Cart

By | Demand, metrics that matter, New technologies | 2 Comments

“We have too many planners. And even if we can afford the costs, we don’t get good answers with our current forecasting processes,” stated the supply chain leader on the phone. “I want to build outside-in processes, but I don’t know what this looks like. Can you tell me what you mean by this statement?” My question to her was “Do you have the courage to upend the apple cart?” The…

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Are You Putting Lipstick on a Pig? Or Creating New Value?

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During the spring I get to spend a lot of time in airplanes attending and speaking at technology conferences. I have done this for a decade. However, this year is different. I feel more disruption in the air. There is a confluence of factors. The technology market for new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is drying up. Excess ERP consultants line the bench. With the evolution of cognitive learning, cloud-based analytics,…

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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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Infor’s Acquistion of GT Nexus: If I Had a Magic Wand

By | New technologies, Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain visibility | No Comments

As an analyst, when technology providers acquire and divest companies, I get invited to pre-announcement conferences. In these sessions the technology providers share their rationale for the investment and invite questions. Thursday morning it was the acquisition of GT Nexus by Infor. The transaction closes in 45 days. Infor, a market consolidator of enterprise software, currently has revenues of  $2.8 billion in sales and about $800 million in earnings before interest and taxes in the…

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How Do We Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership | One Comment

This week I spoke at the Chicago CSCMP roundtable event.  I love to hear the thoughts from different speakers. At the event, James Rice from MIT spoke on innovation and his reflections on Clayton Christensen’s 1997 classic business book, The Innovators Dilemma. I, like many of you, read this book when it was published. However, hearing the concepts again from Jim sparked some new thoughts. The premise of the Christensen’s book is when…

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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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Are You Feeding the Beast? Or Driving Progress in Your Business?

By | Demand, Demand driven, Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

As a mom, I loved to read to my daughter. One of our favorites was the book Where the Wild Things Are. I loved the imagery in this short story of 338 words. You have probably also read it many times; but, just in case you are not familiar, let me briefly summarize the plot. The story is about a young boy, Max, who after dressing himself in his wolf costume, wreaks havoc…

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