Director’s Blog

Nov 17, 2018  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Practical Approaches in Creating Analytics (from People Who Have Actually Done it, Not Just Talked About it)

Our upcoming SCRC meeting is focused on how organizations are undertaking practical approaches to creating business analytics.  As many companies are in the throes of launching business pilots and Proof of Concept approaches with their analytics efforts, using a variety […]

Nov 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

An Interview with Anita Vila-Parrish on Healthcare Analytics

I had the opportunity this week to conduct a recorded interview with Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish, who is currently working at McKesson.   In the interview, we covered a variety of topics, including her extensive work in the field of healthcare analytics.  […]

Oct 25, 2018  |  Director's Blog

More Data is Not Better and Machine Learning is a Grind…. Just Ask Amazon

I had an opportunity to sit in on a lecture today by two experts on Machine Learning from Amazon, during a lecture at UNC.  Ed Banti is Director of Software Development, Core AI Amazon, and Pat Bajari, was VP and […]

Oct 23, 2018  |  Articles

How Big Data is Changing Supply Chains

Today’s blog is written by guest blogger, Lisa C. Dunn a writer for TechnologyAdvice.   She provides some great insights into how big data might be able to be used in supply chains. Today’s companies face overwhelming reams of endless data flooding […]

Oct 14, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Women in Supply Chain Panel Offers Great Advice to Future Supply Chain Leaders

I had the opportunity to sit in on the Women in Supply Chain Panel at the Innovative Women’s Forum, held at NC State University this past Friday October 12.  The panel included a number of powerful women, including Amy Rumford, […]

Oct 6, 2018  |  Director's Blog

The Legalization of Intelligent “Smart” Contracts

Today’s post is from my good colleague, Joe Yacura, who is a collaborator on our data analytics annual survey. Blockchain technology is bringing about the potential to create and benefit from Intelligent “Smart” Contracts (ISCs). While the creation and use […]

Oct 3, 2018  |  Director's Blog

CSCMP Awash in Debates on how Blockchain, AI, and Digital Technologies Will Change SCM Forever

I had the opportunity to speak at the CSCMP conference this past week.  This was an exciting time to be talking to people about logistics and supply chain!  SCRC Director, Troy Pinkins, MBA student Sara Sonderman, and I hosted the […]

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 18, 2018  |  Director's Blog

The Value of Company Collaboration in an MBA Supply Chain Program

The NC State Poole College of Management’s Jenkins MBA supply chain management program rose four places to No. 15 in Gartner Research’s 2018 ranking of graduate supply chain programs in North America. Results of the survey were published on August […]