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New technologies

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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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

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

Forty years ago, as a chemical engineering student, I learned the tedious craft of chemical plant design. It was a world of heat exchangers, distillation columns, reactors, tanks, pumps, valves, and dryers. I liked the classes, and would spend hours talking to my professors about the design of the factory. Getting good at factory design is a merit badge of sorts for the chemical engineer. When I moved into industry,…

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Navigating the End-to-End Journey

By | Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies, Open Content Research, Risk management | 2 Comments

Wang Laboratories. Eastman Kodak. Nokia. Blockbuster. Polaroid. Xerox. What do these names have in common? They were once strong brands that could not adjust fast enough to product shifts in the market. It hurts. These were once strong companies with bright futures, but they were rigid and inflexible. As growth slows, and global infrastructures mature, more and more companies worry that they too will make this list. They are trying to ensure that their…

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Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies | One Comment

It is morning in Orlando. The sun is rising. I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. It is my seventh year of speaking at this small, and intimate event. The world of supply chain is active on my iPhone. Several good friends in consulting roles are sharing information on SAP HANA from SAP…

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