As you know, we’ve been monitoring the conversation about ERP’s place in the global company. The topic has heated up lately with a trio of Forbes articles by Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Insights. Cecere has also published an in-depth report on the topic called Supply Chain Visibility in Business Networks. The report connects the dots between supply chain performance and IT strategy, saying “A key component on delivering on the agility promise for line-of-business leaders is…READ MORE
We have all read the stories and seen the amazing demonstrations. You load up a design file, hit the PRINT button, and a machine starts adding layer upon layer of material until an exact version of the object that the design called for is ready to be carried off and even used for real-world purposes. That’s 3D printing.
Are we seeing the beginnings of Star Trek’s famous replicators? Will we live to see the day when…READ MORE
Bridges 2014 is fast approaching, don’t miss your chance to join supply chain and logistics professionals as they share insights, best practices and lessons learned to help transform their businesses. This year’s Bridges, in the sunny Miami, Florida region, will be the biggest most impactful one yet. If you only have budget for one event this year, make it Bridges 2014. Here’s why:
1. Get Inspired from Industry Thought Leaders
Bridges 2014 is the premier…
This month Forbes ran an article titled “Where Cloud Computing Is Improving Supply Chain Performance: Lessons Learned From SCM World” calling out specific areas and initiatives where major global companies can deploy cloud technology to generate real impact in the supply chain. The piece suggests that companies today are lacking in supply chain visibility and collaboration. More efficient means of…READ MORE
If there’s a dollar of inefficiency anywhere in your supply chain, that dollar will spread to your bottom line. Even if that squandered dollar is on your partner’s books. The most successful companies are making big strides to actually change the way they do business, rather than shifting problems to someone in their network.
Whether you get value or disappointment from supply chain partners depends on three things: people, processes and technology. You must have supply chain…READ MORE
The Big Data Trend—Disruptive and Game Changing
Big Data is trending up and trending fast—and for good reason. Tapping vast amounts of detailed, hard-to-get data can be powerful and disruptive. It can open up whole new vistas of insight and intelligence where few existed before. The insights can be transformative and game-changing.
For example, Netflix, who today commands nearly a third of all “downstream” internet bandwidth in the United States, recently used big data insights to design…READ MORE
The athletes, however, will not be alone in their preparation. Retailers and brands allocate tremendous marketing spend during the Winter Games. They secure sponsorship, come out with new assortment and clothing lines, and create inspiring co-branded advertisements. According to NBC…READ MORE
Last week, CIO.com ran a story about recent Gartner research that indicates ERP systems are moving towards “Legacy” status. “These systems are showing their age in a number of ways, chief among them their monolithic, all-in-one structure,” said Gartner.
The Gartner research was talking broadly, across many business functions. In the supply chain, where globalization, outsourcing and vast dispersed…READ MORE
I recently had the pleasure of participating on a webinar panel with Pfizer and VF Corporation that was focused on supply chain collaboration. This panel was assembled because both of the companies are collaborating with their supply chain partners in ways that weren’t possible until very recently. They are also collaborating with each other and recognizing significant value — enough so that they’re excited to share their stories.
It’s a cool concept – a major pharmaceutical company…READ MORE
The idea of cloud technology has moved from the early adoption stage to a mainstream solution over the past few years, and companies that weren’t traditionally cloud are changing their message to keep up with the shift. Some enterprise software providers are willing to risk offering solutions that incorporate some aspects of cloud but don’t have the true functionality of a multi-tenant, single instance network. These providers are cloud-washing – slapping the word “cloud” onto…READ MORE