Interoperability: Achilles Heel or the Special Sauce

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Everyone from supply chain to healthcare is talking about Interoperability, or the ability of information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries, by enabling different information technology systems, and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged. “The dream is to have interoperability between networks. Why is it needed? Business leaders now manage a value chain, not a simple supply chain within their four walls. They need interoperability between networks and technology applications. They know that a traditional focus on standards and integration does not work. The elephant in the room is…

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Impact of Additive Manufacturing

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At Lora Cecere’s Supply Chain Global Submit 2017, the session on Additive Manufacturing had particularly grasped my attention. I don’t think anybody questions the fact that 3D printing has done and continues to do amazing things. The questions being asked now are about how we can continue to push the possibilities forward. Additive Manufacturing and Material Science are maturing very rapidly, and will transform the manufacturing industry. “Additive manufacturing is a rapidly-expanding field and a national strategic priority in many countries in Europe and North America. “As an emerging manufacturing process, it is a disruptive technology that will both complement…

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Blockchain: The Great Paradigm Shift

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During the 2017 Supply Chain Insights “Imagine Supply Chain 2030 Global Summit” I found myself surprised and confused by a topic I felt I had a strong handle on. Having sponsored my own companies R&D efforts in BlockChain I thought I had a deep and clear understanding of how this technology would mature and become demanded by our client’s clients. I nearly fell over when Brian Tessier (Schneider Electric) began explaining their pilot to use BlockChains to manage the process of onboarding new business partners. I began mental flailing … “Why would you do that” … “Surely that’s the wrong tool…

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Imagine 2030: Supply Chain Talent

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This year’s Supply Chain Insights’ annual global conference moves to our hometown of Atlanta, a town deep in supply chain history from the crossroads of the early train routes to the hub of many of today’s leading brands, and supply chain services and technology providers. As we welcome the industry thought leaders, practitioners, educators and more, I started to think about the conference’s theme, Imagine 2030, and a topic on the minds of many supply chain executives: talent. While 2030 may seem like a long way off, it will be here before we know it. In that time, the supply…

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Supply Chain 2030. Everyone will have the technology. Leaders will be using it.

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Observers tend to agree on several things about the supply chain of the future. It will be more real-time, it will be more digitally integrated and “smart”, and it will adapt more flexibly to changes in demand, desired channels for fulfillment, and supply-side risk. Less is heard about exactly how these things will come to pass. And, lagging behind even that, is a vision of how people will lead the way and not become casualties of or impediments to progress. We aren’t thinking hard enough or far enough beyond technology, and that needs to change. It’s people that are the…

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Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire 2017

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Not all analyst groups are created equal. Research is at the heart of what we do. We publish four types of reports and provide it as Open Content for the industry. Our goal is to help supply chain leaders globally. The report types are: Supply Chains to Admire: A deep study by industry of performance and improvement levels for the past seven years. The goal is to provide industry benchmarks. Metrics That Matter: A close look at key industries to help supply chain leaders better understand the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. The focus is to align financial and operational…

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Impact of New Generation Robots

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I was stunned when I first met the collaborative Robot Sawyer at the Imagine 2030 Supply Chain Insights Summit in September this year.  All I could think was how many jobs will these guys take.  The list of features is awesome but for me the three pivotal features were: Sawyer doesn’t need to be programmed to do a task, you show it. Sawyer can safely operate alongside human workers, without light curtains or guard rails I was expecting Sawyer to cost $300K.  I was shocked to find that he starts at $29K Together with Sawyer’s big brother Baxter, these bad…

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How the Autonomous Supply Chain Will Disrupt All of Us

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Some notes from the ‘Imagine2030’ conference of supply chain insights Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies was 1 of the keynotes on the #imagine2030 conference of supply chain insights. CC is a Silicon Valley startup bringing change in large companies. It centers on the “collaborative economy” (AirBnB), “crowd business models” (Uber) and “autonomous world” (autonomous driving & robotics) disruptions. Much of Jeremiah’s keynote at the Imagine2030 conference was centered on the example of how the car industry is currently disrupted and massively moving towards a fully autonomous fleet of cars. The figure below shows data from Morgan Stanley which promises we…

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Incubate Your Own Talents, a Critical Part for Successful SCM

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In September 2016 I was lucky enough to attend Lora Cecere’s (founder of Supply Chain Insights) Imagine the Supply Chain of 2030 Global Summit. I found the conference extremely insightful and wanted to share with you some of my key takeaways from the event. This is the first article in a four part series to be published in the coming weeks, “Incubate your own talents”. Talent shortage in the supply chain industry is a known issue, especially with the demand for middle management positions. The rapid expansion and increasing complexity of the industry, the qualifications needed for supply chain professionals…

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Let’s Claim Inventory Ownership, the Strategy Process Next, and Become CEO by 2030!

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Over the last 2 weeks two good things in my life came together My Phd in Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization, which I started 10 years ago and finished in 2009 My more recent work on balancing Service, Cost and Cash using the concept of the ‘Supply Chain Triangle’ Together they define the (role of) Supply Chain in 2030. The Supply Chain Triangle, shown in Figure 1, captures the struggle in companies to balance service to customers, supply chain costs, and cash. Figure 1: The Supply Chain Triangle First, the company needs to deliver service to customers, the quality of which is…

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