The Verdict: a Hung Jury

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

A hung jury is deadlocked.   It is one that cannot, by the required voting threshold, agree on a verdict due to severe differences of opinion. History Manugistics under delivered.  i2 Technologies over promised. When ERP companies added Supply Chain Planning (SCP), they largely copied best-of-breed providers. As a result, the SCP technology market is stagnant.  The question is will JDA, as the aggregator of SCM companies, evolve as the TRUE Supply Chain Company? This…

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Dancing with a White Elephant

By | New technologies, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 3 Comments

There is an elephant in the room.  This one is white. No, it is not at your Saturday yard sale. Instead, it is deeply embedded in Information Technology (IT) strategies. You probably built it with sweat and tears. It was most likely purchased as part of a strategy to build  an integrated end-to-end supply chain. It is ERP. What is a white elephant?  A white elephant is an idiom , a figurative expression, that extends beyond its literal meaning.  A white elephant…

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I Was Wrong

By | New technologies, Supply chain planning | 4 Comments

I LOVE  it when a reader takes me to task. Recently, Kirsten Watson, Director of Marketing at Kinaxis, did just that! She took issue with my post om my post on the Innovators Dilemma (http://www.supplychainshaman.com/2010/02/innovators-dilemma/). She felt that Kinaxis had successfully made the transition from a licensed software provider to selling in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.  So I asked her to set up some time for me to talk to…

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In Search of Cool

By | New technologies, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

 It happened yesterday. It happens at least once a day.    When I travel, the most frequently asked question is “what do I see in the market that is cool?”  Yes, it seems that everyone is looking for the inside track on cool technologies. So, here I share my take. Let me start with a disclaimer.  What is cool for me:  may not be what is cool for you.  And, my daughter…

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Good Forecasting Matters

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

The shift happened.  Haiti crumbled.  Chile did far better.  The difference was substantial. The contrast offers lessons on how to shelter cities from future devastating earthquakes. In a similar vein, the Great Recession shook the core of value chains.  Some supply chains crumbled and some weathered the storm. What made the difference? It is this story that I want to tell.  The Great Recession In my lifetime, there has never been one quite like it.  October 2008 shook the foundations…

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Is this the Future of Downstream Data?

By | Demand driven, Downstream data, New technologies | 5 Comments

It started as simple sales reporting. It is no longer simple.  In 2005, there were five consumer product leaders actively using downstream data (retail inventory and sales data).  Today, over 80% of consumer products companies greater than 1 billion in revenue are redefining work processes to use it.  The space is murky. It is not easy, and it is evolving. However, the deeper teams explore the usage of the data, the…

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