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My Take: LLamasoft Buys Barloworld Supply Chain Software

By | demand driven, Inventory Management | No Comments

Today LLamasoft announced the acquisition of the Barloworld CAST and Optimiza assets for an undisclosed sum of money. This announcement closely follows the September 29th press release about $50 million Series B financing with affiliates of Goldman Sachs & Co.  This is LLamasoft’s second acquisition within a year. (LLamasoft acquired the LogicTools assets from IBM in the spring of 2015.) Here I pen a quick post on what I think this means for the…

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Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

By | Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain | One Comment

When I was a small child growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the United States, on snowy days my family would gather around the kitchen table and play board games. One of my favorites was the board game Risk. It was a turn-based board game introduced in the 1950s. Today, children would roll their eyes at the thought of playing a turn-based board game. The world has…

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Let’s Fail Forward….

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

One in three companies have a supply chain center of excellence, but only one in two is successful. These are grim statistics. This is especially true when the word “excellence” drips off of the lips of the supply chain leaders that I meet. At Supply Chain Insights, we are busy working on a report on Centers of Excellence to understand the drivers and barriers. While I will know more when I…

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Let the Design Begin…

By | Market-Driven | No Comments

This week, I spoke at the LLamasoft Summercon Conference. It was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The conference was low-key. The University building was old, and well-worn. The doors hung precariously on their hinges, and the steps were uneven. The shelves needed a good dusting and the air was musty. It was far a cry from the neon and glitzy hotels of Las Vegas where I am often speaking….

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Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

By | Demand, Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | No Comments

This week, I will speak at Llamasoft’s conference on improving supply chain network design. I am also busy this Saturday writing reports for our Tuesday newsletter. One of the reports that I am writing is on the state of Supply Chain Planning (SCP). While other analysts may put the vendors into a four-square evaluation model and declare it magic, I think that this approach does a disservice to the industry. Why do…

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Better Math makes Better Networks

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 2 Comments

While supply chain leaders design and fine-tune their networks, supply chain laggards inherit and accept their supply chain networks as a given.  Leaders understand the power of strategic planning.  However, this realization has not happened quickly; instead it has happened VERY slowly over the twenty-five years that I have been studying supply chain management.  Few people understand this better than the team at Chainalytics.  I recently ran into Jeff Metersky, one of…

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