Demand Driven: Can We Sidestep Religious Arguments?

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 5 Comments

The 2016 US presidential political contest was brutal. Emotions are still quite raw. I hated it. When emotions run high, everyone loses. Unfortunately, I think the concept of “Demand Driven” is headed down the same path. I feel the discussions are becoming religious arguments about right and wrong instead of healthy discovery  (much like this picture of Tibetan monks debating). Let’s face it, the definition of demand-driven is evolving. There…

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The Job Is Not Done

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence | One Comment

Imagine driving down a dusty road for years. One without any towns, road signs, billboards, or rest stops. Sounds boring, right? I agree. This is the world of the supply chain leader driving process improvement. The road to supply chain excellence takes time and patience. There are no clear landmarks or directional signage. Today, in organizations, there is a large gap between technology and process effectiveness. Here we examine some…

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Digital Transformation: It Takes a Village

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain | No Comments

As I participate in technology briefings with vendors, I am trying to piece together the future of supply chain management. For me it is not clear. I believe that supply chain leaders are in the middle of step change in process innovation driven by not one, but a confluence of technologies. In each briefing, presenters bandy about the word “digital” like I throw Parmesan cheese on a pizza. (The more the better.)…

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Supply Chain: Anything But Timeless

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning, Supply Chain visibility | One Comment

Timeless: not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. Last week I was on vacation in the Caribbean. I moved on island time. It is a slower, more relaxed pace. In the process, I thought a lot about the concept of time and how it affects our daily lives. Supply chains are anything but timeless. At a company, individuals define supply chain excellence based upon their own purview…

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A New Mission for a Female Supply Chain Pioneer

By | Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

This week I worked with the Supply Chain Insights team to analyze and write our annual supply chain talent report. With over 400 respondents in the study, cross-tabbing and data analysis was fun. We had many options. High-Level Findings In general there is high job satisfaction in supply chain careers: 70% are either very satisfied or satisfied with their current job. The most satisfied are Baby Boomers working for technology…

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Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

By | Big data supply chains | One Comment

Today I attended the SAPinsider Conference. The theme? Digital transformation. The storyline of the event goes like this: Do you have the business problem of complexity, personalization, and globalization requiring faster time to market? (Complete with nice videos and Shutterstock pictures.) The answer? Digital transformation. How? SAP S4/HANA delivers on the goal of digital transformation. On stage there is inordinate hand-waving, but few details. The storyline bothers me. Here I…

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BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

BASF creates chemistry. Over the last two decades the company successfully leveraged global scale to define supply chain leadership. With 12,000 supply chain employees operating in 80 countries with 2400 storage facilities, supply chain excellence and innovation are the foundation of corporate performance. The work of the BASF leadership team is a success story in managing global complexity. For this case study we interviewed Ralf Busche, Senior Vice President of…

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E2open Acquires Steelwedge. Impact on Market?

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

This morning E2open announced the acquisition of Steelwedge for an undisclosed sum of money. Founded in 2000, Steelwedge was an innovator in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and was an early provider of cloud solutions for supply chain. I estimate that the company had annual sales of 30M$. Clients include Canon, Pfizer, HP Inc, Jaguar Land Rover, Lenovo, Nissan and Monsanto. When E2open called to tell me of the acquisition, they…

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Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

By | Demand, Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I spent time in Silicon Valley talking to technology innovators. Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. My angst is that it is not happening faster. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. The third act is starting. This will make traditional approaches obsolete. The rate of adoption will be fast for early adopters (next five years), but much slower for conservative…

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Treading Water

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

I spent my summers as a lifeguard. To certify, I had to tread water for what seemed like an incessant period of time. In reality it was only two minutes, but as a teenager it seemed like a very looooooong time. To tread water a swimmer uses their arms and legs to keep their body in a vertical position and maintain the status quo. While there are many ways to…

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