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Preparing for the Third Act

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The curtain is rising on the third act of supply chain planning. Over the course of the last two decades, we have seen two evolutions of Supply Chain Planning (SCP) software. The first was the rise of Best-of-Breed providers. These first solutions were on the mainframe and with migration to client-server architectures. The market then shifted to include the extended Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) providers. These solutions bundled Customer Relationship Management…

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Do No Harm…

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

  “…I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice…. …If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of…

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Whew! It Is Finally Happening.

By | Big data supply chains, Bricks Matter, Market-Driven, New technologies, Open Content Research | 3 Comments

I am an old gal. In six months, I will raise a toast to my sixtieth birthday. It is hard for me to believe that I am that old and still working. Many of my friends are retiring. The industry is in flux. Daily, I get notices from Linkedin of job changes. Sometimes, I ask myself, “Where has time gone?” Other times I celebrate how much I have learned. It…

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Piece Parts

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You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and know what you know. And, you are the only one that will decide where to go. Dr. Seuss In this blog we are going to focus on the word part. By definition it is one of the pieces, sections, qualities, etc., that make or form something. Merriam-Webster Dictionary I…

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Applause!

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Last week, I wrote about the evolution of supply chain planning. In my blog post, I commented on HOW little supply chain planning has  changed in its twenty-year evolution. As I worked with clients this week, I had a long and hard talk with myself. I am part of the problem. I, like other analysts, are stuck in the traditional software APS paradigm. In this post, I want to pay homage…

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It Should Not Be This Way…

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies | 4 Comments

Last week on my way to Frankfurt, I uploaded software files while over the Atlantic ocean using Lufthansa’s Wi-Fi service. I was able to work, and be effectively connected to my office, all the way to Europe. As I uploaded a 5 meg file to Slide Share somewhere over England, I smiled. Similarly, tonight, as I write this blog post, country music is blaring from my iPhone. It is based on MP3 files. Over…

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What I Have Learned Teaching Courses on Market-Driven Value Networks

By | Demand driven, Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Uncategorized

One of the favorite parts of my job is teaching classes on how to take supply chain concepts to the next level to improve corporate performance. I love helping people to see supply chain concepts differently. One of the ideas that I am researching and sharing is the concept of building Market-Driven Value Networks. The concepts of being market-driven build on the research that I have done for the last ten years on building…

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E2open Acquires icon-scm: Five Reasons Why You Should Care

By | Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Uncategorized | No Comments

The websites are swept clean. The messages are honed. The Wikipedia pages are aligned. The E2open marketing machines are spinning. The blogs, social media networks, and pundits are whirring with predictions and accolades. I watch with a bit of amusement, and want to offer a bit of caution. Let me start with a disclaimer. The Shaman is a curmudgeon. She cannot count the number of SCM software  acquisition announcements that promised 1+1=10. In short, this…

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Let’s Make It an Espresso. Outside-in Is Not an Evolution

By | Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain | 3 Comments

Espresso: A strong coffee prepared by forcing hot water through finely ground dark-roast coffee beans Today, I am preparing to speak at a global supply chain conference for a group of enterprise architects at a global manufacturer. This manufacturer is an industry leader. They want me to speak to the future of Supply Chain Applications. They read my last blog —A Pot of Coffee–and they have challenged me to boil it down…

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Kimberly-Clark: A Demand-Driven Leader

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies | No Comments

Over the course of the last six years, I have helped many companies with their demand-driven initiatives. The Kimberly-Clark organization has been my best student. Their transformation took six years. The results are now clearly visible on the balance sheet. In this blog post, I would like to celebrate their story. The Journey The first day that I worked with the Kimberly-Clark team, it was snowing in Neenah, Wisconsin. It was…

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