Advanced Planning Systems

The End of a Fairy Tale. Part 2.

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain | 5 Comments

Usually in a fairy tale there is a big, bad wolf… or a hairy monster.  One that is going to eat you up! In part one of this blog series, I started the saga of the supply chain fairy tale.  It was a story where people believed that functional excellence leads to supply chain superiority. Year after year, well intentioned people toiled against improving metrics that reduced, not improved, the effectiveness…

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Like A Green Lump of Clay….

By | Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

My iphone buzzed on my nightstand.  I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person. As I picked it up , I saw a twitter alert welcoming people to the APICS webinar with @lcecere on Agility that afternoon. Much to my chagrin, I rubbed my eyes and checked my calendar. The APICS event was not there.  My schedule had me on a plane…

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Which Boat Do You Sail to Cross the Blue Ocean?

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supplier development | 2 Comments

In a recent post, Time to Paint Outside the Lines , I advocated that we needed to expand our current concepts of supply chain management.  I challenged readers to rethink conventional processes and to think outside the lines; to redefine them using the new capabilities of mobile, social, cloud-based computing and more advanced analytics.  The post was about the “what.” In a discussion with a client, I was challenged to write about a third…

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Supply Chain Software Circle Jerk

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

Circle Jerk:  A group discussion or activity between like-minded individuals that validates mutual biases or goals in a non-confrontational environment.  Source:  Urban Dictionary   (Now that I have your attention, let’s get our mind’s out of the gutter and talk about a problem in the software industry.) In the software technology world, there are two launch periods for new products:   the spring and the fall conference sessions.  In both, technology providers…

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