Change Management

Sep 27, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Blockchain pilots can support technology diffusion

I was a panelist on the Zycus / BG Webinar on AI in procurement today, and enjoyed speaking with Jon Hansen from Procurement Insights, Sally Hughes from IACCM, and Jack Shaw from the American Blockchain Council.  Although the discussion was […]

Sep 26, 2018  |  Articles

Changing Executive Mindsets on Global Product Integrity: The Fight Against Counterfeiting Is Here to Stay

I recently interviewed the Director of Brand Protection at a large pharmaceutical company, who shared with me the timeline around how his company gradually shifted and changed its views on brand security, and built a business case around the need […]

Sep 5, 2018  |  Articles

You Can’t Buy Digital Transformation “Off the Shelf”…(And Expect Results)

Companies everywhere are setting aside budgets for investment in upgrading their analytics capabilities.  Very often, this involves investments in cloud-based computing, data warehouses, artificial intelligence, business intelligence dashboards, and multiple other forms of software and hardware investments.  But the truth […]

Jun 21, 2018  |  Articles

The Risks and Benefits of Socializing with Suppliers

I had a chance to meet with a group of supply chain executives at the University of Calgary this week, which included a discussion by Ken Rawson.  Ken has over 30 years of experience working in supply management, first with […]

May 17, 2018  |  Articles

Master Data System Enables Quick Wins Through Component Standardization

Having a robust master part and master supplier list can yield many low hanging fruit for organizations in the early stages of their procurement transformation.  Many of these opportunities can be driven by looking at redundant part numbers, contracts that […]

Oct 21, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Creating the Right Team Culture for A Deluge of Data: Storytelling as a Core Capability

A core element in the LIVING supply chain is the concept around the “Anti-Control Tower”, of what has been called a “data democracy”.  An important shift in human behavior is required to adopt to a world where individuals at a […]

Sep 18, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Must Contribute to Competitiveness to Become Relevant!

Procurement is always thinking about cost savings, year over year.  But is this really a true measure of competitiveness? So procurement will have a budgeted amount for, say 4.5 cents per unit for a product, when the current price is […]

Aug 7, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Analytics Should Focus on A Culture of Factory Safety for Workers in Low Cost Country Manufacturing

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 […]

May 9, 2017  |  Articles

Learning to Work with Machines That Learn What the Experts Know

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 […]

May 5, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Can Sales and Procurement Ever be BFF's?

The relationship between sales and procurement has always been a contentious one, and the idea of a friendship evolving between the two functions is laughable in the minds of many managers I’ve met with. The issue at the core of […]