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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?

By | New technologies | No Comments

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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Sparking a New Conversation: Let’s Build a Network of Networks

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain Insights Community | One Comment

Today’s supply chain is inside-out. Companies wait and process orders. They cannot sense and respond to demand. It is a struggle. The processes are largely batch and out of cadence with the markets they serve. Increasingly, business requirements are outside-in. The channels are multi-tier and companies are more dependent on outsourcing. Systems are growing more complex. Yet, the primary means to manage trade with network partners is through spreadsheets and email….

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Building Outside-In Processes

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain visibility | 3 Comments

This past weekend I decompressed and turned off my cell phone. The concept of being on and available all the time– 24/7– wears on me. I spent a beautiful, brisk, Saturday afternoon building monsters with my grandson, Jake, at the local children’s museum. (I find that even building blocks hold more possibilities today than when I was a child 55 years ago.) As I sat on the cold floor holding the…

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Measuring Up?

By | metrics that matter, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value. While companies want to improve supply chain performance and drive value, it is easier said than done. The first question to answer is, “What defines value?” The journey for value requires a clear definition and analysis of what is possible….

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Trying to Figure Out New Forms of Analytics

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, New technologies | No Comments

Understanding the new world of supply chain analytics is my current research project. Using unstructured and stream data is a brave new world. The possibilities of data variety and velocity to improve supply chain management excite me. As I study the market, today I have more questions than answers. There is a great need for improved supply chain analytics. New solutions offer great promise. The pace of solution evolution is moving…

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Seeing Beyond the Firewall

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, Supply sensing | No Comments

Supply Chain Operating Networks: The building of supply chain applications using many-to-many architectures to connect multiple parties to multiple trading partners to improve multi-tier supply chain visibility, planning and execution to improve relationships in extended value chains.   The winds of a recession are whipping. Trade winds are changing. Globalization and localization are happening simultaneously. Growth has slowed and customers are more fickle. Yet, the supply chain organization cannot see. The…

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My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

As an analyst in the supply chain market for 15 years, I have written many articles on best-of-breed technology companies purchased by a larger company. Today I am writing my take on the acquisition of Terra Technology by E2open. In the market announcement yesterday the terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. I have followed both of these companies for 15 years and writing this post is bittersweet. It is a story of…

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No Easter Bunny?

By | Demand driven | 4 Comments

Dear Supply Chain Leader, Today, sitting in my seat in 11K on a Cathay Pacific flight between Hong Kong and Boston, I want to report that there is no Easter Bunny. There is also no Santa Claus. Yes, our parents perpetuated the image of that elderly white-haired gentleman, a symbol of Christmas love. This bunny in the basket is not real. Sorry to break the news. In Galileo’s world there was…

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