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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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Five Trends That Excite Me!

By | Big data supply chains, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain visibility | One Comment

Holiday travel. Packed airports and the children screaming in unison. Today as I sit scrunched into a coach seat in 26C, working on this blog post and hoping to not spill my coffee on my neighbor, I dutifully type to complete my weekly post. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I give thanks for our clients and the ability to do what we do.  Here I share insights on the work…

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Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market-Driven Value Networks?

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Market-Driven Value Networks: An adaptive network focused on a value-based outcomes. The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy- and sell-side markets) bidirectionally with near real-time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in. Today’s supply chain processes are inside-out with a focus on orders and shipments. We have automated transactional data; but there are no systems available to take independent demand data (channel data) and move…

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Evolution of B2B Networks

By | Risk management, Supply Chain | No Comments

Today Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, announced a definitive agreement to purchase Elemica, a provider of Supply Chain Operating Networks for the chemical industry. In 2014 Thoma Bravo acquired GHX, a Supply Chain Operating Network for healthcare. The Elemica announcement contained the obligatory positive quotes and promises to customers. Is the announcement good for the industry? My view? I think that it is too early to tell. Normally…

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2016: The Start of the Third Act?

By | Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership | 3 Comments

Six years ago, on a snowy January afternoon, I wrote my first post for the Supply Chain Shaman. It seems so long ago, but I still remember the fear I felt hitting the publish button for the first time. The blog was uglier then and less polished, and I have learned a lot about blogging over the years; however, my focus is the same. My goal is to write insights for the supply chain…

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Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply chain planning | 24 Comments

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. As I look below, I see field after field of United States farmland. The land looks like a giant puzzle. After a busy week with high-tech and electronics clients, my fingers are itching to help others solve a different type of puzzle. The goal of this blog is to…

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Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

By | Uncategorized | One Comment

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive after executive laments they have purchased many technologies, and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.  I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. This week, I published an in-depth analysis on the topic. In this post, I share my reflections along with seven…

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Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | One Comment

Yesterday, I presented to 700 global attendees on an APICS webinar. In the presentation, I shared data on the evolution of supply chain planning and the results on user satisfaction. The results confound me. They are not consistent with market perception. Let me share the story. As shown in Figure 1, users are more satisfied, the implementations are shorter and there is greater Return on Investment of solutions from Best-of-Breed solution…

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Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies | One Comment

It is morning in Orlando. The sun is rising. I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. It is my seventh year of speaking at this small, and intimate event. The world of supply chain is active on my iPhone. Several good friends in consulting roles are sharing information on SAP HANA from SAP…

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Supply Chain Analytics: The Times They Are A-Changin’

By | Big data supply chains, Demand | No Comments

The Times They Are A-Changin’ Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changing Bob Dylan, 1963 Remember this song? I sang it with a tambourine in…

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