Rethinking the “How” and “What” of DRP

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Want to save millions? Maybe even billions?  According to my panelists on Monday morning, September 27th, at The Council of Supply Chain Management (CSCMP), it comes down to rethinking the “How” and “What” of Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP).  DRP, MRP and ERP are push-based applications. They work from the inside of the enterprise out. Demand-driven value networks, a more effective design, require a pull-based signal from the outside-in. They also require flexibiity.  These traditional systems are…

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A Mile Wide and a Millimeter Deep

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This week, I attended the Annual Council of Supply Chain Management Event in San Diego.  Speaking at eight of the last nine CSCMP event, I am a veteran. It is one of the largest supply chain events in North America. The mood and attendance at the event is usually an accurate predictor for technology spending in supply chain applications.  So what was it like?.  Attendance was up this year by 33%, but the mood was stayed.  More people,…

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Lean Bigot and Proud.

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I am bigot.  Yes, a bigot.  A person that is intolerant and can exhibit animosity towards those with differing opinions. That can be me.  When I hear the term LEAN in client interaction, I bristle.  My face is easy to read.  I would be a BAD poker player.  I find that so many companies have attempted LEAN programs with the best of intentions; but have moved backwards.   Here I share my two disconnects:…

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Start a New Conversation. Free the Data to Answer the Questions that you Don’t know to Ask

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It happens all the time.  IT says to line of business leaders, “Tell me what you need for Business Intelligence (BI), and I will go find the right technologies.”  The issue is that we don’t know, and we will not know soon.  We only know that applications are changing and that the data is growing exponentially.  The answer to the question of: “What is the right data architecture for demand-driven…

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