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If Only There Were More Choices

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, demand driven | No Comments

The supply chain technology market is in transition. Over the last three decades, the market weathered consolidations, mergers and technology shifts. Many of the clients I work with are nervous about SAP APO’s transition and the evolution of SAP’s supply chain planning solutions. They are looking for alternatives. As I work with these teams, one thing is clear. Companies are at very different places, based on the company’s cultural DNA…

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Dissecting the Headwinds and Tailwinds of Digital Transformation

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, digital supply chains | No Comments

Headwinds: A force of resistance Tailwinds: A favorable force blowing in the same direction When I travel from company to company and discuss the future of business processes, the term “digital” is ubiquitous. A digital fever abounds. I liken it to the e-commerce frenzy of 2001 (when an “e” proceeded  every strategy). Fear abounds. Growth is slowing. Amazon is expanding. Unlikely players are driving change. For example, Google and Tesla…

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Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

By | Big data supply chains | One Comment

Today I attended the SAPinsider Conference. The theme? Digital transformation. The storyline of the event goes like this: Do you have the business problem of complexity, personalization, and globalization requiring faster time to market? (Complete with nice videos and Shutterstock pictures.) The answer? Digital transformation. How? SAP S4/HANA delivers on the goal of digital transformation. On stage there is inordinate hand-waving, but few details. The storyline bothers me. Here I…

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Building the Network of Networks. Call for Action. Want to Help?

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, Global Supply Chains, market-driven value chains, Supply Chain visibility | No Comments

In the 1980s commercial internet providers evolved. In 2001 Steve Jobs put 1000 songs in our pocket.  And steadily, over the last three decades, mobile phones changed the pace of business. In the process, the banks got bigger and business networks grew more complex. In the last decade social networks and new business models evolved. eCommerce and electronic shopping carts drove new forms of commerce. It lifted all boats in…

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Sparking a New Conversation: Let’s Build a Network of Networks

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain Insights Community | One Comment

Today’s supply chain is inside-out. Companies wait and process orders. They cannot sense and respond to demand. It is a struggle. The processes are largely batch and out of cadence with the markets they serve. Increasingly, business requirements are outside-in. The channels are multi-tier and companies are more dependent on outsourcing. Systems are growing more complex. Yet, the primary means to manage trade with network partners is through spreadsheets and email….

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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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Reflections on Hard Hats and Safety Shoes…

By | Demand, Supply Chain | No Comments

Manufacturing teams used to manage the supply chain group. Today, in most organizations, the supply chain team manages manufacturing. The irony is that fewer and fewer people within the supply chain team understand manufacturing. Unfortunately, few have worn hard hats, safety shoes and calibrated a machine to run within spec. I feel lucky that I have. As I work with teams to envision the new tomorrow, I find fewer people…

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Out of Africa

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Global multinational companies have a dilemma. Supply chain talent is primarily coming from North America and Europe, but these are the continents that represent the lowest levels of growth for supply chain 2020 (see figure 1).  Most global multinational companies have a solid base now in South America and Asia, but the race is on for Africa. I spent this week at SAPICS in South Africa. At over 1,000 delegates,…

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