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B2B

Building the Network of Networks

By | Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Network of Networks, New technologies | One Comment

Today I am facilitating a share group. The dream is to build a Network of Networks. The goal is to close current gaps, to build inter-enterprise visibility, and improve interoperability between businesses.  Today the gaps are large. The solutions to close the gaps are not easy. In attendance are manufacturing representatives from BASF, BerryGlobal, Corning, Covestro, Grace, Evonik, Intel, Monsanto, and Smith’s Detection.  Prior attendance included Adama, Dow, J&J, Nestle, P&G, Siemens,…

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Why Is Blockchain Not Hotter?

By | market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks | No Comments

I was sitting with a representative from the United Nations on my way back from Colombia. As we took off from Bogota, we discussed the potential of blockchain to help her with feeding children in the highlands of the Colombian-Venezuelan border. I was surprised that she knew enough about blockchain to have a discussion, and I think that she was surprised to find someone who could help her to have…

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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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Whew! It Is Finally Happening.

By | Big data supply chains, Bricks Matter, Market-Driven, New technologies, Open Content Research | 3 Comments

I am an old gal. In six months, I will raise a toast to my sixtieth birthday. It is hard for me to believe that I am that old and still working. Many of my friends are retiring. The industry is in flux. Daily, I get notices from Linkedin of job changes. Sometimes, I ask myself, “Where has time gone?” Other times I celebrate how much I have learned. It…

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Herding Geese

By | Demand, New technologies, Supply Chain | No Comments

Geese fly in a V-shaped pattern and walk in single file.  There are well-established patterns of leadership. Smaller flocks fare better than large ones. When they lose their leaders, many liken it to a wild goose chase. But, can they be herded? Last week, I visited GXS.  The company is focused on the delivery of business-to-business (B2B) connectivity.  It is a spin-off of General Electric. At the beginning of the day, Steve Keifer, VP of Marketing,…

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Yes, I Am a Zealot. I Still Believe. Do You?

By | Big data supply chains, Supplier development, Supply Chain | 6 Comments

I take supply chain seriously. My friends might tell you TOO seriously.  I think that the entire world should. I believe that better supply chain practices can save the world, and I think that it makes a difference in warfare and welfare. I think that it is at the core of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Yes, I am an unabashed zealot. I have been at it for a long time….

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