Supply Chain Systems

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 […]

Sep 23, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Must Transition into an R&D Based Organization to Exploit Big Data!

I had the opportunity to spend some time at IBM’s Research Triangle Park facility, (the actual hosting site for the Watson computer) this past week.  IBM hosted a roundtable for the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, with executives from P&G, […]

Feb 22, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Poor Supply Chain Systems will drag down your asset velocity

Many of the systems that we have designed to deal with financial accountability in the supply chain, are in my opinion not only cumbersome, but in many cases, create more complexity that in the end reduces transaction visibility and flow. This […]

Dec 9, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Becoming a Valued Business Partner: Procurement Analytics SCRC Meeting Insights

The December 2015 SCRC meeting was held this week in the brand spanking new Talley Student Center, and was a resounding success.  We had over 200 people attend the student poster sessions on Monday, and almost 130 executives, students, and […]

Sep 10, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Spend Analytics vs Contract Management Systems: Both Please!

I have been interviewing a number of CPO’s on the subject of procurement analytics and predictive analytics.  In this discussion, an issue that frequently comes up is the debate over spend analytics and contract management systems. For organizations in the […]

Feb 26, 2015  |  Articles

Omni-Channel Supply Chains Are Changing Everything You Ever Learned in School…

A senior executive from a large global manufacturer came to speak in my MBA class this week, and discussed the major shifts in global business that was occurring due to the emergence of omni-channel capabilities in the supply chain.  His […]

Jan 14, 2015  |  Director's Blog

What is the return on ERP implementation? Results from our research

As organizations seek to drive supply chain integration across global business units and markets, billions of dollars have been invested in massive systems known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. ERP systems are generally thought of as large systems with transaction processing […]

Dec 23, 2014  |  Director's Blog

Do You Know How Much Your Company is Spending? A Spend Analytics Checklist

The leading IT magazine, CIO Review,  today published a special issue on supply chain transformation, and included an article I wrote on spend management as a core capability. Rather than striving for “perfect data” in all supply chain systems, my research […]

Jun 20, 2014  |  Director's Blog

The Emergence of the Biobased Economy

Jay Golden from Duke University and I have been working on a study of the biobased economy…. Throughout human history agriculture been used for non-food purposes including energy, clothing, shelter, medicines and every day human needs. With the industrial revolution, […]