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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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Let’s Make It an Espresso. Outside-in Is Not an Evolution

By | Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain | 3 Comments

Espresso: A strong coffee prepared by forcing hot water through finely ground dark-roast coffee beans Today, I am preparing to speak at a global supply chain conference for a group of enterprise architects at a global manufacturer. This manufacturer is an industry leader. They want me to speak to the future of Supply Chain Applications. They read my last blog —A Pot of Coffee–and they have challenged me to boil it down…

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