Supply Chain Systems

Aug 24, 2018  |  Articles

New MBA Healthcare Analytics Class Takes Off This Fall

Healthcare providers are facing continued lower operating margins, increased risks and potentially once-in-a-lifetime health care reform.  With this backdrop, there is an increasing focus on Supply Chain Management as a means to minimize risk, optimize operating costs, improve revenue, improve […]

Apr 16, 2018  |  Articles

Relational Contracts Student Insight: Codifying the Deal is Key!

In Part 2 of our blog series leading up to the SCRC meeting this coming Thursday on “Relational Contracting”, we feature a white paper developed by Tracy Burnett, a second year MBA in our online program.  Tracy here discusses some […]

Nov 15, 2017  |  Director's Blog

IBM Case Study Webinar: How AI can revolutionize your supply chain NOW

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 […]

Oct 31, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Developing an Analytics Strategy Starts with Data Governance and Business Intelligence

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 […]

Aug 3, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Real-time Data will Impact How Quality is Managed in Supply Chains

At a recent meeting I attended, several members of a quality team noted that suppliers sharing process capability data from their line would provide enormous benefit. Emerging real-time quality data systems being deployed by companies will improve the exchange of […]

Mar 10, 2017  |  Articles

Can Blockchain become the solution for anti-counterfeiting and chain of custody?

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 […]

Dec 13, 2016  |  Director's Blog

More Insights on Deploying the Digital Supply Chain

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 […]

Nov 5, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Data is the Real Gold At the End of the Rainbow for Contract and Spend Management Systems

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 […]

Oct 21, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Analytics Conferences Feature Emerging of Cognitive Procurement Technologies

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, […]

Oct 1, 2016  |  Director's Blog

"Computing at the Edge": Distributed Computing Will Accompany the Internet of Things

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 […]