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Gartner Top 25

Don’t Perpetuate the Hoax of the Gartner Top 25

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Hoax definitions – to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous.   A humorous or malicious deception. Synonyms include deception, fraud, scam. To move forward, goal clarity is essential. To measure improvement, performance needs a clear definition. Supply chain leaders are competitive. They want to drive supply chain excellence; but today, the definition is not clear. As a result, it is hard to define “best practices” without an agreed…

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Mush

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Mush is a thick cornmeal pudding boiled in water or milk. It sits until the gel forms a semisolid state. In the United States, we lick it up with maple syrup or molasses, while in Eastern Europe it is served cold. It is a tasteless, innocuous food with little form or satisfaction. Mush in the Real World Last week, the Gartner Top 25 was announced with great fanfare. The announcement marks…

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Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

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“Lora in your own way, you are helping. You tell it straight. You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. I find it refreshing.” Quote from a reporter this morning The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. It permeates corporate strategy, but it lacks definition. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. For…

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Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | 4 Comments

This week, Gartner is hosting their annual supply chain conference. A major item on the agenda is the announcement of what used to be named the AMR Top 25. It is now the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. While the name has changed, the methodology has remained fairly constant, with a only a few changes, since 2004. The research tries to establish “who did supply chain best” by looking at…

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Talk Doesn’t Cook the Rice

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Open Content Research, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | One Comment

As they say in Mississippi, “Talk doesn’t cook the rice.”  The essence of this colloquialism is that words have to be converted to action. It seems like yesterday that I transitioned to become an industry analyst. I have worked for Gartner Group, AMR Research, Altimeter Group and now my own company, Supply Chain Insights. I have now been an industry analyst in the supply chain management space for ten years. In this…

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