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supply chain analytics

A Framework for Supply Chain Leaders to Understand Supply Chain Analytics

By | Big data supply chains, Global Supply Chains, supply chain analytics, Supply Chain Insights Community | One Comment

I dialed in, took a sip of coffee, and rocked back in my seat. I asked, “How can I help you?” (This is my standard modus operandi. When not traveling, I answer nine calls on average a day.) When I asked the question, an awkward silence followed. A strained request from a marketing director for a software company ensued, “You didn’t list us in your analytics report, and we want…

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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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Trying to Figure Out New Forms of Analytics

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, New technologies

Understanding the new world of supply chain analytics is my current research project. Using unstructured and stream data is a brave new world. The possibilities of data variety and velocity to improve supply chain management excite me. As I study the market, today I have more questions than answers. There is a great need for improved supply chain analytics. New solutions offer great promise. The pace of solution evolution is moving…

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Become Data Driven: Embrace the Iconoclast in Your Organization

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Demand | One Comment

i·con·o·clast īˈkänəˌklast noun  A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions Writing–the process of words flowing from the mind to the fingers–is fascinating to experience. I write at least 3,000 words a day for some publication. Sometimes the words flow fast and furiously, and my arthritic fingers struggle to keep pace; while at other times, like last week, the thoughts don’t flow at all. There is a block that I don’t…

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Herding Geese

By | Demand, New technologies, Supply Chain | No Comments

Geese fly in a V-shaped pattern and walk in single file.  There are well-established patterns of leadership. Smaller flocks fare better than large ones. When they lose their leaders, many liken it to a wild goose chase. But, can they be herded? Last week, I visited GXS.  The company is focused on the delivery of business-to-business (B2B) connectivity.  It is a spin-off of General Electric. At the beginning of the day, Steve Keifer, VP of Marketing,…

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Big Data: A Revolution, Not an Evolution?

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Supply chain management is now 30 years old.  As companies plan for the next decade, we believe that supply chain leaders should expect that the new technologies they deploy will represent a revolution, not an evolution.  They will be powered by big data analytics and focused outside-in on market sensing.  (This will be a redesign of buy and sell-side sensing with new systems to sense the health of channel and supplier…

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