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Visibility: If Only I Could See

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My phone rang. Consultants, technologists and ex-analysts called to challenge my position in my last post focused on control towers. I love this type of debate. As I discussed my views of “visibility” and “control” with my many callers, I discovered that I was not clear in my post. <Sigh. This is not my favorite topic, but there is confusion in the market. The focus of this post is to drive…

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Where Would We Be Without All of the BullS&%T?

By | Big data supply chains, New technologies | 2 Comments

It is 1:00 AM in Antwerp. I cannot sleep. As I stare at the keyboard sitting on my desk, my view is the train station draped in darkness. The quiet streets await the coming of the soft snow. It seldom snows in Belgium: the city sits in anticipation. I hate jet lag. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep when you cannot, and you know that you should. So…

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Should We Celebrate this Marriage?

By | Digital Supply Chain, Global Supply Chains, Network of Networks, New technologies | One Comment

E2open is acquiring INTTRA pending federal approval. Is this a knot to be tied? Does this deserve congratulations or concern? Here I share some thoughts. Reflections Three decades ago, I was sitting on a hotel bed with my friend Ellen Chen. Ellen currently works as a consultant at Cap Gemini. I consider her the best in the biz for transportation management consulting. At the time, we were both deployed as…

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How Supply Chain Lost Its Mojo

By | market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks, New technologies | 2 Comments

mo·jo: noun. A magic charm, talisman, or spell. “Someone must have their mojo working over at the record company.” In the 1990s supply chain had MOJO. Then it was sexy. Today, it is not. 90% of public manufacturing companies are treading water. There is a struggle. Improvement on the key metrics of growth, inventory turns, operating margin and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is elusive. Here I want to share a perspective…

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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

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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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