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Supply chain planning

What Happens in Vegas should not Stay in Vegas!

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 6 Comments

Encore.  This month, I gave a repeat performance.  I gave it again the month before.  And, the month before….  The S&OP IE Group asked me to present the same presentation that I gave on January 20th in Las Vegas at their new Integrated Business Planning (IBP) conference in Atlanta.  I was also asked to present the presentation at the Extended Supply Chain Conference in London.  Seems that my article–ENOUGH!—got some attention…

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S&OP: Letter Perfect

By | Supply chain excellence | 2 Comments

Aluminum. Corrugated. Freight. Ocean cargo.  Labor in China. The surprise and dismay continues.  Supply is tightening, international currency is changing, prices are more volatile, and the future is less certain.  Supply chain leaders need to steer the course.  As a result, S&OP has risen in importance. If 2009 was about demand, 2010 will be all about supply. Are you ready? It Matters. Over the past six years, I have spoken…

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The Verdict: a Hung Jury

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | One Comment

A hung jury is deadlocked.   It is one that cannot, by the required voting threshold, agree on a verdict due to severe differences of opinion. History Manugistics under delivered.  i2 Technologies over promised. When ERP companies added Supply Chain Planning (SCP), they largely copied best-of-breed providers. As a result, the SCP technology market is stagnant.  The question is will JDA, as the aggregator of SCM companies, evolve as the TRUE Supply Chain Company? This…

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I Was Wrong

By | New technologies, Supply chain planning | 4 Comments

I LOVE  it when a reader takes me to task. Recently, Kirsten Watson, Director of Marketing at Kinaxis, did just that! She took issue with my post om my post on the Innovators Dilemma (http://www.supplychainshaman.com/2010/02/innovators-dilemma/). She felt that Kinaxis had successfully made the transition from a licensed software provider to selling in a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.  So I asked her to set up some time for me to talk to…

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Good-bye to the Breakfast Club

By | Supply chain planning, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

We met for five years at the Wyndham Hotel on Broad Street in Boston.  It was usually for breakfast. My calendar was so full that it allowed very little face-to-face meeting time with a struggling start-up like Optiant; but since I have a passion to help start-ups, I rolled out of bed early for the breakfast club. The group, due to turnover, was never the same.  The names changed—Jonathan, Sean, Matt,…

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I will never win the Miss Congeniality Contest

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

In my experience as an analyst, 70% of teams selecting supply chain software become polarized and dysfunctional. Why the melt-down?  It is simple.  Teams are not clear on what is required before they start the system selection process.  I often find myself as an uwilling participant in the heat of a battle.  They can get very UGLY.  When this happens, teams call asking “should I select vendor X or Y?  Which is best?”  I don’t win…

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Seven Words to Know in 2010

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I am off on vacation.  On some beautiful Caribbean island, I will raise my glass to toast Barbie.  Barbie, you might say?  Yes, this year, my early childhood friend is 50.  I am DEFINATELY telling my age when I share that she consumed the first 10 years of my life. I am also telling my age when I share that Supply Chain Management (SCM) has consumed the last 20 years of my…

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