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Go Horizontal!

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Market-Driven | No Comments

Functional silos define today’s supply chain organization.  The silos compete. They lack alignment, and a result, cannot effectively collaborate. This lack of alignment is an impediment to improving balance sheet results. I am a product of traditional, silo-based thinking. My first job was in manufacturing in the 1980’s. I did not understand warehousing and transportation until reassignment to a logistics role in 1985. I needed to experience it to understand…

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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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Groundhog Day

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a Groundhog emerges from the burrow, then the forecast of an early spring is predicted. If it is sunny, and the groundhog sees his shadow, then the groundhog retreats back into the hole and the prediction is for winter weather to persist for six more weeks. It is a ritual. The largest Groundhog Day in 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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