SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Supply chain analytics

  1. Our upcoming meeting on November 29th, the 36th semi-annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting, will explore some of the more interesting aspects of how organizations are coping with the availability of greater visibility in the supply chain.  While the benefits of creating a supply chain which is “LIVE, INTERACTIVE, VELOCITY, INTELLIGENT, NETWORKED, and GOOD” has […]

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  2. I had the privilege of being on a webinar today with Jeannette Barlow from IBM and Simon Ellis from IDC.  The focus was on the impact of AI on supply chain decision-making, and I spoke about a recent case study on IBM’s application of Watson to their own supply chain. IBM, like many large enterprises, […]

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  3. An important differentiation between data governance, business intelligence, business analytics cognitive analytics and predictive analytics is needed as a basis for building a digital supply chain strategy.  Every organization needs to define for themselves the differences between these terms, and not just bend to how external consultants are professing to position their views on these […]

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  4. “If someone asked me to come up with the answer to the world’s problems in an hour, I’d spend the first 55 minutes coming up with the right question.” – Albert Einstein I heard this quote from someone about a week ago, and it got me thinking more carefully about the importance of beginning with […]

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  5. I had an opportunity to speak to a group of executives at Ohio State University ‘s Center for Operational Excellence, at the Fisher College of Management, on the subject of transparency and the cultural changes implicit in moving to a digital ecosystem. In addressing some of the questions, one that came up is the fat […]

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  6. This week, my former student Vel Dhinagaravel, and founder/CEO of supply market intelligence company Beroe, came to my class to speak.  Listening to him reminded me of the fun we had starting up the first ever company to produce supply market intelligence focused on the procurement space.  Today, Beroe is the most successful procurement intelligence […]

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  7. Graham Givens, a  recent graduate from our MBA program started his new role over the summer, and provided some great information and feedback on some of the lessons learned that he is experiencing based on his first month on the job.  This is hot off the press, and provides  good feedback for our faculty, students, […]

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  8. Nowhere are disruptions more prevalent than in Low Cost Countries (LCC’s), which have become the focal point for outsourced contract manufacturing for major apparel brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Gap, Apple, and others. As organizations have expanded their supply chains globally, they have moved to outsourced manufacturing that reduces cost, but which also exposes […]

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  9. Fall semester at the Poole College of Management kicked off this week, and a new group of MBA and engineering students walked into our hallowed halls.  In my MBA 541 class on supply chain relationships, I spent some time introducing the students to some of the topics we will cover this semester.  Although some may […]

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  10. For analytics to become truly effective in global manufacturing settings, veracity and consistency are critical requirements. Based on a recent interview with an executive at a large global apparel company, several insights regarding improvements in global consistency of data became important. Too often, companies seek to collect data for analytics, but do not consider that […]

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  11. In my new book “The Living Supply Chain” co-written with Tom Linton, we reflect on the new capabilities required to be able to work with the evolving imperative of real-time data.  Two key concepts reflect the core elements of real-time supply chains. Velocity is the ability of an organization to flow working capital rapidly from […]

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  12. In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “The Procurement Value Proposition“, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key.  Many procurement assessments developed by consultants seek to provide an answer to the question “how far along are you relative to your peers […]

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  13. This week’s blog is a guest blog posted by Consider Digital, an online marketing company based in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.  They shared with me some insights based on their experiences in data collection, considering the pros and cons of digital vs. paper-based market data collection.  These are important points for anyone in the early stages […]

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  14. It is no secret that future generations of managers are being asked to learn all about the different processes in the end-to-end supply chain, and be able to come together with others in a fast action plan when a disruption strikes. This capability in turn requires older generations of managers, often labeled “subject matter experts” […]

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  15. On April 19th and 20th the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Board Advisory meeting and Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University.  The program was really exceptional this year, and the riveting discussions left everyone with a lot of nuggets and insights to take with them to work […]

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  16. Many executives I speak with express reluctance at wanting to invest people, time, and money into projects that have a dubious return on investment.  Supply chain analytics projects, particularly those involving “big data”, “Internet of Things”, and real-time data are all being talked up in the popular press, but most companies are loath to dive […]

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  17. Recent articles in the New York Times and in the International Business Times highlight the emerging role of blockchain as a key enabler of improved integration between parties in the extended global supply chain.  For instance, IBM and WalMart are partnering to begin tracking The blockchain — the buzzy, bewildering technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — […]

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  18. Great news this week for NC State as SCM World announced its top 25 supply chain management programs globally.  The NC State Supply Chain program was listed as one of the top 25 programs in the world, which says a lot about the dedication and work of our faculty and students over the past few years. […]

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  19. On the third day the team visited the Lenovo “Green Data Center”, and learned of how Lenovo is working to create their “converged” network servers that are on the leading edge of being focused on sustainable high speed efficient performance. Lenovo acquired the Data Center Group from IBM and moved the entire organization to RTP […]

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  20. On the second day of our executive focus group on the LIVING Supply Chain, the group took the opportunity to share insights regarding the emerging trends in the future of supply chains, with a focus on digitization, development of analytics and a focus on emerging technologies. The executives spent a good amount of time emphasizing the importance […]

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  21. The SCRC meeting was a huge success yesterday. I led off the discussion and took this opportunity to share some of the highlights of my new book, The LIVING Supply Chain, (with Tom Linton as co-author), and try out some of these new ideas on an unsuspecting group of people!  The SCRC meeting featured a group […]

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  22. We are at the beginning of a completely different era in the history of global trade: the era of the digitized  real-time supply chain. In the 25 years I have been teaching students and conducting research in the field of supply chain management, I have never seen the degree of change evident in the face […]

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  23. Contract management analytics are critical for tracking transactional compliance with contract pricing, terms and conditions, but also as a vehicle for workflow management around negotiation of contract renewals, and aggregation of supplier performance data on service level agreements, delivery, quality, and service performance. Transactional data must be rolled up to ensure suppliers are providing the requisite […]

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  24. I had the opportunity to attend a number of exciting events on procurement analytics in the last month.   First, I attended a CAPS Research event in RTP on Procurement Analytics, held right down the road at IBM headquarters.  Next, I attended a second CAPS Research Roundtable held in Tempe, AZ. Finally, I attended an […]

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  25. I had the opportunity to hear George Moakley, formerly the Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planner at Intel, who is now one of the founders of the new Intelligence at the Edge for Supply Chain Lab at Arizona State University.  George spoke to a group of executives at the CAPS Roundtable at IBM in RTP a […]

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