Enterprise Resource Planning

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

By | Demand driven, Downstream data | No Comments

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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Have we forgotten the promise?

By | Supply chain excellence | 4 Comments

For about eight months, on Monday morning,he would push the well-worn newspaper clippings under the door frame of my closed office door.  They were folded and stained, but the newspaper clippings were marked with telling, cryptic comments.  I miss them. I loved his insights.  When I was an analyst at AMR Research, they were gifts from my friend Bruce Richardson.  He was helping me lighten up my writing and enjoy blogging.  I…

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Dancing with a White Elephant

By | New technologies, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 3 Comments

There is an elephant in the room.  This one is white. No, it is not at your Saturday yard sale. Instead, it is deeply embedded in Information Technology (IT) strategies. You probably built it with sweat and tears. It was most likely purchased as part of a strategy to build  an integrated end-to-end supply chain. It is ERP. What is a white elephant?  A white elephant is an idiom , a figurative expression, that extends beyond its literal meaning.  A white elephant…

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