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Open Content Research

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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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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Will Arrogance Stunt your Growth?

By | Open Content Research, Risk management, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Uncategorized | No Comments

It happened on Thursday morning last week. It will probably happen again on Tuesday. And, again on Wednesday. I am driving on a campaign to change thinking. It is hard to change a mindset. The brain is wired to believe what it has been told for many years. Every time that it happens, I smile. I understand. I was once there also. Let me start with a story. Last week in…

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What Makes a Mature Planning Organization? (Part 2)

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Open Content Research, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I finished a post on supply chain planning maturity.  A client had asked me, “How do I know if we have a mature supply chain planning organization?”  As we talked, and I drew the table, the first question was followed by, “How do I help my executive team understand the importance of planning and their role in the process?”  Planning leadership is a problem for most organizations. My focus here is…

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Talk Doesn’t Cook the Rice

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Open Content Research, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | One Comment

As they say in Mississippi, “Talk doesn’t cook the rice.”  The essence of this colloquialism is that words have to be converted to action. It seems like yesterday that I transitioned to become an industry analyst. I have worked for Gartner Group, AMR Research, Altimeter Group and now my own company, Supply Chain Insights. I have now been an industry analyst in the supply chain management space for ten years. In this…

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