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Are You Putting Lipstick on a Pig? Or Creating New Value?

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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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Three Reasons Why I Love Hadoop, and You Should Too!

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

The elephants are coming! They will soon change your supply chain. In time, you will come to love them. I think that they will be a game changer. What do I mean? Let’s start with a story. Designed in the 1960s when a Megabyte (MB) of disk storage cost the same as a Terabyte (TB) does today, relational databases form the basis of today’s supply chain systems and IT architectures….

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Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

For most, it is the end of the quarter. While for others, the end of the fiscal year is looming. The end of any fiscal period is a good time to take stock, and reflect. So, I thought, what would be a better time to write an open letter to the CFO?  My goal is to help companies perform better in future quarters by improving alignment. Let me share some background. Four…

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Rethinking the How…

By | Big data supply chains, Bricks Matter, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies | 2 Comments

The sun is shining brightly through the conference room windows as I listen to the consultants talk. It’s buzzword bingo at its finest. The air is thick. It is comical. The term ‘big data’ is all the rage. The market has dried up for large Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations, and the large consultants are prowling the market staking their claim for their next gig. For me, buzzword bingo on big…

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Supply Chain Analytics: The Times They Are A-Changin’

By | Big data supply chains, Demand | No Comments

The Times They Are A-Changin’ Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changing Bob Dylan, 1963 Remember this song? I sang it with a tambourine in…

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Three Questions People Are Afraid to Ask

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven | 10 Comments

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which there is a desire for harmony within the group, but the result is an irrational or dysfunctional outcome.  Wikipedia You know the drill. The meeting is on everyone’s calendar. It has been set up by the CEO or a board member’s assistant months in advance. The room is big, the PowerPoint deck is large, and the coffee…

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Dreaming of Clouds, Lakes and Streams

By | Big data supply chains, Downstream data, Market-Driven | 2 Comments

 It is morning in Chicago. I crave coffee. The sun shines brightly out the window, but the noisy city is quiet. My mind is moving to the click-clack of my keyboard on this quiet morning. I cannot sleep. It is hard to quiet an unquiet mind. Somewhere deep inside me is the need to write this post. Yesterday, I spoke at the Eye for Transport conference on the Big Data opportunity in…

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Welcome in the Big Data Opportunity

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The term big data is moving up the charts as a “hot topic.” This week, we published our second quantitative study on the evolution of big data concepts, it gave us the opportunity to talk to supply chain leaders on the evolution of technologies and the use of analytics in the Race for Supply Chain 2020.  We wanted to understand where companies are at in the adoption of big data concepts…

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Another Concorde?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven | 2 Comments

In high school, my favorite teacher was Wanda Hughes. She taught history. Her class was both loved and feared. This was one class where there was no messing around. It was strictly business.  She made us read the Wall Street Journal and New York Times daily. We debated the potential outcome of headlines: the Vietnam War, the rise of the Beatles, and the fall of the Nixon administration. We learned that current…

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Time to Paint Outside the Lines

By | Big data supply chains, Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | 3 Comments

As a creative kid, I never wanted to paint within the lines. Did you? I found that it was just too confining. While my mother knew that the teacher’s goal was to help me develop fine motor skills, she let me race past the boundaries to make the picture my masterpiece… my expression of the day. She never forced me to paint within the lines. As an analyst, in an attempt to explain supply…

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