Archive – 2017

Leverage Data Across Your Entire Ecosystem for Actionable Insights

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  • Dec. 26, 2017

There’s no shortage of data in multi-party supply chains. Supplier ERPs, edge sources, and the ever-increasing number of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices all contribute to an explosion of big data that, in theory, provide limitless value.

In practice, things are rarely that simple. Supply chain operators are inundated with information from all sides but have few ways to leverage it across their entire supply chains. And for multi-party supply chains with mountains of data coming in from global suppliers, the only way to make sense of the information is to take a holistic view of supply chain operations and see ...

Better, Faster, or Cheaper: Why Do I Have to Choose?

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  • Dec. 18, 2017

There’s an old saying in business about getting results that are good, fast and cheap. You can choose any two of those variables.

Quality and speed don’t come cheap. Cheap and fast don’t produce quality. This is particularly true in traditional supply chain logistics, where incremental improvements of a fraction of a percent are considered achievements. This idea, however, is a myth. Christian Titze, the Research Director at Gartner, recently spoke about how this type of misinformation can lead businesses astray:

These myths distract us from the real issues and solutions surrounding supply chain visibility, causing us ...

5 Common Data and Analytics Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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  • Dec. 11, 2017

Even with the best software and logistics experts at your disposal, supply chain optimization is no easy task. And in the world of complex, interconnected supply chains, pitfalls in the optimization process usually come back to data in one form or another. Here are five offenders that trip up businesses.

Tired of Bringing a Software Knife to a Data Gun Fight?

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  • Nov. 6, 2017

They say you should never bring a knife to a gun fight—and we agree.

But as we deal in supply chain logistics, we prefer to put it in terms more relevant to our clients: Never bring a software knife to a data gun fight.

What does this mean in terms of your supply chain?

Businesses are in constant competition with one another to achieve cost-saving optimizations and logistics improvements that drive competitive advantage. And as many of these businesses are seeing, the supply chain is an area ripe for value-driving improvements. Chief among these improvements is the need for ...

Needle In the Haystack: How Do You Know Where to Look for Supply Chain Data?

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  • Oct. 30, 2017

Achieving complete supply chain visibility is becoming a top priority for improving supply chain health.

Research performed by Aberdeen Group on business capacity planning reveals that 29 percent of businesses believe their top IT challenge is lack of visibility into how their systems are operating—and that business owners who achieve end-to-end visibility into their IT infrastructure consistently have superior performance, reliability, and productivity.

But to achieve these benefits in a supply chain environment, operators have to know where to look.

My Supply Chain Is a Mess, But Who Knows Where?

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  • Oct. 9, 2017

In the early days of supply chain logistics, the typical supply chain was small and confined enough that visibility wasn’t a concern. If you wanted to know what was going on, you could often do that just by walking around a factory or warehouse.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? I Mean, My Sales Order?

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  • Oct. 2, 2017

In the mid-eighties, children (and adults) from around the world became entranced with a single question: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? The idea behind the franchise (an educational game series wrapped in a detective narrative) was to encourage exploration as a cornerstone concept of education.

Understanding the “When” of Supply Chain Operations

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  • Sept. 25, 2017

Supply chain operators often get bogged down deciding why they should take action, leaving other parts of their decision neglected; namely, the when of supply chain operations. Supply chain executives must be able to track the chronological flow of inventory from the moment it enters the supply chain to the moment it arrives at the customer’s door.

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