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What Value Are You Getting From Planning?

By | supply chain analytics, Supply Chain Excellence | 7 Comments

Feasibility (noun): The state or degree of being easily or conveniently done. (Oxford Dictionary) In the 1990s supply chain planning was over-hyped. Then it was a new and promising technology category. The ride was wild and wooly. Hype ruled. A decade later, as companies added planners expecting dramatic improvements, the market entered the trough of disillusionment.  The promise was not equal to reality. As a result, software sales slowed. The…

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Forecasting: Let’s Start by Asking the Right Questions

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | 2 Comments

Ten calls.  They are all starting to sound the same. Here is the storyline: “We implemented SAP APO, and we now know its limitations. We have tried SAP IBP and are not impressed. Since SAP is not investing in improving the depth of their solutions for planning, we are looking for a new solution. Can you help us select a new approach? Which of these vendors do you suggest?” They…

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Trust, But Verify

By | Demand, demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, planning benchmarking | No Comments

When I joined the world of software as a business analyst from manufacturing, I was naive. How so? I never fathomed the amount of money that commissioned software sales personnel make selling software. This high level of compensation drives extreme behavior. In the selection of software, where the rubber meets the road, the sale of software often becomes a brutal and competitive battle. With a heightened focus on winning the deal,…

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Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

By | Demand, Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I spent time in Silicon Valley talking to technology innovators. Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. My angst is that it is not happening faster. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. The third act is starting. This will make traditional approaches obsolete. The rate of adoption will be fast for early adopters (next five years), but much slower for conservative…

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How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

By | Demand, Global Supply Chains, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Today I unpacked my bags. In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom. To streamline my efforts, I just kept a packed bag in the closet. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it. Connectivity enabled…

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Seven Mistakes to Avoid in Sales and Operations Planning

By | Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Uncategorized | One Comment

Definition of a Mistake: An action or judgment that is misguided or wrong. Synonyms: Error, fault, blunder, oversight, miscalculation or a misunderstanding. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is important to building value chain agility and improving enterprise performance. (Agility is the ability to have the same performance in cost, quality, and customer service given a level of demand and supply volatility.) Most processes are over 15 years old; yet, only…

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Supply Chain Talent: A Broken Link

By | Demand | No Comments

These are the grim facts. Only 9% of companies feel that they manage supply chain talent better than their peers. The issues are growing. Job turnover is 15% and new positions remain open for 4 months before they are filled. I think that supply chain talent is a broken link in the supply chain. I also believe that the adoption of new mental models is a barrier to progress. On…

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How Do I Know If I Am Ready?

By | Demand | 2 Comments

“How can I move the ball down the field, if I don’t have the ball?” A Question from my Training Class this Week “How do I know if I am ready for cool technologies? Especially demand sensing and shaping?” A Demand Planner for a Large Multinational Pharmaceutical Company Last week was a blur. It was a series of days on planes, trains and automobiles. Unfortunately, it was one of those weeks…

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How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

By | Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

It was a sultry day in Philadelphia. Last week, it felt like August not May. I found myself counting the street signs to be sure that I was on track for my 8:00 a.m. client meeting.  Not being a morning person, my feet mechanically moved my body forward. I was not sure what the discussion was going to be, but I was hoping to be wide-awake by the time that I got…

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My Take: Let’s Admit Seven Demand Management Mistakes of the Last Decade

By | Market-Driven | 4 Comments

Within an organization, the words “Demand Planning” stir emotions. Usually, it is not a mild reaction. Instead, it’s a series of emotions defined by wild extremes including anger, despair, disillusionment, or hopelessness. Seldom do we find a team excited about demand planning. Supply chain leaders want to improve it, but are not optimistic that they can make improvements. After two decades of process and technology refinement, excellence in demand management still eludes supply chain…

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