Category Archives: Risk management

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Seven Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, Risk management, Safe and Secure Supply Chain, Supply Chain visibility | No Comments

Hyperledger. Blockchain. New concepts? Yes. Get used to it. They are here to stay. I think defining the future of Supply Chain technology means that we, as supply chain leaders, need to take a hard left. We are moving at a steady pace down a road that is well-known and safe, but is not sufficient. What do I mean? Let me explain. Today’s supply chains use closed and proprietary technologies. I…

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Direct Material Woes: Seven Steps to Take to Improve Value

By | innovation, Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

It is fall. The hot and humid days are giving way to cool and crisp weather. Today, as I type this blog post, the rain is softly falling on my windowsill. The wet streets below signal a shift in seasons. The seasonal rhythms link the threads of our life. As fall becomes winter, supply chain leaders are planning their budgets and building strategies for 2017.  With this in mind, in this blog…

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Evolution of B2B Networks

By | Risk management, Supply Chain | No Comments

Today Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, announced a definitive agreement to purchase Elemica, a provider of Supply Chain Operating Networks for the chemical industry. In 2014 Thoma Bravo acquired GHX, a Supply Chain Operating Network for healthcare. The Elemica announcement contained the obligatory positive quotes and promises to customers. Is the announcement good for the industry? My view? I think that it is too early to tell. Normally…

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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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Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

By | Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain | One Comment

When I was a small child growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the United States, on snowy days my family would gather around the kitchen table and play board games. One of my favorites was the board game Risk. It was a turn-based board game introduced in the 1950s. Today, children would roll their eyes at the thought of playing a turn-based board game. The world has…

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Navigating the End-to-End Journey

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

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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A Tipping Point?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

Yesterday morning, I woke to learn the news. H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group were merging. The press release, sprayed with superlatives of goodness, promises great things; but as I read it, I smiled. This, I believe, is a sign of a new wave of merger mania. Let’s start with the facts. The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the…

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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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Throwback Thursday

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Risk management | 2 Comments

This week, as the east coast of the United States was deluged with rain, I basked in beautiful San Diego sun while attending the Logimed USA event. This was WBR’s first event in the United States targeted for the Medical Device Supply Chain Leader. I had not been to a medical device event and I wanted to listen. When I finished my presentation on “past practices,” that I cannot call “best…

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What About the Supply Chain Index?

By | Risk management, Supply Chain | No Comments

I have traveled 12,000 miles this week. When I get off the plane, I am accosted by the signs at airports around the world. SAP touts “best-run companies” while the Accenture ads claim “high-performance supply chains.” As I shuffle along, I am not sure. I shake my head. I am a nomad, searching for a good definition of supply chain excellence. It is a quest and the subject of my next book, Metrics That Matter,…

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