Celestica’s Top Priorities for Improving Forecast Accuracy – SupplyChainBrain & Kinaxis Video Series

Published January 29th, 2015 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference, and while there, they completed a number of video interviews with our customers. And, we’d like to share them!

In this interview, hear Jeff Murphy, director of supply chain managed services with Celestica, describe how the company has improved forecast accuracy and demand visibility, against this backdrop of industry transformation.

Celestica has identified three main priorities in its effort to achieve supply-chain transformation: improving forecast accuracy in the face of growing demand volatility, acquiring visibility of product and optimizing of inventory at multiple locations, and synchronizing the chain from end to end.

“Having visibility is one thing,” says Murphy. “But knowing the cause of everything, with a system solution that synchronizes the entire supply chain, is key to our clients.”

Check out: Celestica’s Top Priorities for Improving Forecast Accuracy

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In-Memory Computing for Supply Chain Management: What, Where and How…

Published January 28th, 2015 by Lori Smith 0 Comments

In-Memory Computing for Supply Chain Management: What, Where and How…The recently published Gartner report, The Impact of In-Memory Computing on Supply Chain Management (Payne, T., 21 October 2014), describes the potential of in-memory computing (IMC) for supply chain management (SCM) including supply chain planning (SCP) applications, as follows:

“By 2018, at least 50% of global enterprise companies will use IMC to deliver significant additional benefits from investments in SCM, and especially, SCP.”

As awareness of the potential for transformational benefits from IMC grows, companies are asking tough questions about how, where and what type of IMC-enabled supply chain applications they should deploy. This is important because, according to Gartner’s research, the potential “benefits will vary by organization size, functional domain, industry and supply chain maturity.” So while the list of advantages of IMC technology is significant – and includes performance and scalability improvements, facilitation of advanced analytics, and process innovation – like any technology investment, the impact to your specific environment will depend on the chosen solution approach.

Gartner outlines three styles which include:

  • Native IMC: These applications are “developed from inception on the basis of IMC design principles”
  • Retrofitted for IMC: These applications were “originally designed on traditional technologies (for example, RDBMSs), but are now replatformed on top of an in-memory data store”
  • Hybrid IMC: These applications “use IMC design principles and technologies only in part, usually to store (at times, only temporarily) and process the most performance or scalability sensitive application data, or to support real-time analytics”

Interestingly, the Gartner reports states…

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S&OP: It’s the Journey, not the Destination

Published January 26th, 2015 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

S&OP Innovation SummitJust a quick post to let our readers know that we’ll be at the 2015 S&OP Innovation Summit. This year’s event will be held at the Bellagio hotel, January 28 & 29, 2015.

If you plan to attend the conference, join C.J. Wehlage, Vice President, High Tech Solutions, Kinaxis, as he presents ‘S&OP: It’s the Journey, not the Destination’ on Wednesday, January 28th at 11:00a.m.

Event Details
CJ wehlageC.J. Wehlage will provide a true 360 degree view – as a practitioner, leading supply chains at Apple, EMC, Bose and Sony, as an analyst, running the high tech practice at AMR Research, and as a software provider, implementing RapidResponse.

Laugh and learn, as CJ presents the four keys to S&OP effectiveness and how the best in class execute S&OP from both a North-South & East-West integration, aligning demand and supply, as well as integrating finance. They tie volume and mix plans and perform S&OP on-demand, not just on schedule.

We’re a sponsor and invite you to visit us there and follow #SOPVegas on Twitter to get real-time updates from the event.

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Happy Monday all!

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How Anritsu Achieved End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility – SupplyChainBrain & Kinaxis Video Series

Published January 23rd, 2015 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference, and while there, they completed a number of video interviews with customers, analysts, and Kinaxis executives. And, we’d like to share them!

In this interview, hear Dave Stenfort, director of operations with Anritsu, speak about how the company achieved visibility of inventory and improved control over critical parts in its manufacturing supply chain. Anritsu provides testing and measurement equipment for research and development, manufacturers, and field and maintenance personnel.

Its top supply-chain priority is responsiveness, says Stenfort. Customers expect short delivery times for their precision equipment. To satisfy them, Anritsu is looking at how it can tighten existing relationships with suppliers. “Typically, material is the constraint,” he says.

Watch now:

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How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine | Guest Post from Erwin Hermans

Published January 22nd, 2015 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

erwin hermans celestica  Is There a Third Option for Supply Chain Management Executives Looking to Revamp their SCM Operations? Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘How to Turn Your Supply Chain into an Innovation Engine’. The author, Erwin Hermans, vice president of supply chain services, describes the areas to consider when turning your supply chain into an innovation engine:

  • An Enabler for New Business Models
  • Finding the Real Cost of the Supply Chain and Optimizing
  • Tune the Supply Chain to the Demand
  • Analytics is the Answer
  • How to Take an Idea into Practice

So, how do you turn your supply chain into an innovation engine? Let’s find out.

Highest quality. Lowest cost. On-time delivery. That’s how companies typically view an effective supply chain.

But what if that thinking was replaced with a new vision of supply chain? What if business leaders start to view it as an engine for growth and innovation, a differentiator, and an enabler of product realization and marketing strategies?

Today’s modern supply chains are more than just a back-end conduit to deliver products on time. An organization’s supply chain can deliver value that goes well beyond cost, quality and efficiency.

Let’s look at how the old way of thinking can change.

An Enabler for New Business Models

To look at how the supply chain can be an enabler, business leaders need to shift away from looking at it as a back-end operations function and instead, as a front-end enabler.

Companies like Apple and Amazon have built their businesses by thinking differently. Apple has cornered the market in its supply chain to gain an edge in volume and scale, while Amazon has made supply chain its core business. Apple leverages its scale to lock up supply of key components, thereby shutting out its competitors and shaping demand by constraining supply.

Let’s look at another example, one from the painting industry, where constraints in the supply chain forced different thinking.

In the past, stores had to supply a wide variety of paint colors and finishes based on consumer demand estimates, building inventory and tying up working capital. Today, stores are able to mix and create paint colors on the spot, allowing them to easily respond to changing consumer demands.

The innovation which allows this instant paint mixing to occur is enabled by a supply chain working together with the product management and marketing teams toward a unified goal, reducing the theoretical lead time of paint from weeks to minutes.

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Will that be automatic or semi-automatic to manage your supply chain?

Published January 16th, 2015 by Christopher Hatcher 1 Comment

semi automatic software blog chris hatcherYears ago when I was in the army, one of the most memorable days of my mostly forgettable BASIC training experience was flipping the switch to automatic. Yes, we’re talking about the M16 rifle standard issue weapon for soldiers. We were trained on this weapon out at the firing range where we learned to hold the weapon steady, breath calmly, and ignore the clamor of dozens of shots ringing out through the earplugs nestled in our ears.

It was cold out in Missouri in the middle of winter, but it was a bit of a thrill to do what I’d done as a kid with toy guns. This was the real thing. Well, sort of the real thing in the sense that the weapon and bullets were real, everyone was dressed in camouflage fatigues with serious looks on their faces, but the targets that popped up anywhere from 50 to 300 meters away were just some special fabric that fell over if a bullet whistled through it.

What we learned was that the cowboys shooting from their hips and hitting their targets was a fantasy of Hollywood. Hitting the targets required patience, focus, and a bit of luck. Like most training in the Army, the thought was that if you do it long enough it would become ingrained in your psyche and muscle response. As it turned out, after months of training out at the firing range I qualified as a Marksman, but that was not the big thrill. The big day was actually at night when we were allowed for the first time in months to flip the little switch on the M16 to automatic. Up until that night, each shot was aimed, the trigger squeezed and the result was immediately apparent.

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Is There a Third Option for SCM Executives Looking to Revamp their Supply Chain Management Operations?

Published January 15th, 2015 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

erwin hermans celestica  Is There a Third Option for Supply Chain Management Executives Looking to Revamp their SCM Operations? Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘The Third Option for Supply Chain Management Executives’. The author, Erwin Hermans, vice president of Supply Chain Services, describes the three main areas to consider when revamping your supply chain management operations:

Growing companies often consider two options when implementing or revamping their supply chain management (SCM) operation—hiring a consulting company to work with their in-house SCM team, or buying specialized software and going it alone. Consulting firms deliver strategy and process improvements, but leave the customer to execute and sustain the new process, while software companies sell new supply chain capabilities without executing and driving its adoption.

A new alternative is now possible for companies, especially those looking to gain a competitive advantage with their SCM operations.

The case for working with a strategic partner that can go beyond implementing a new tool and designing new processes to actually drive, execute and sustain a company’s supply chain has arrived. Every company is looking to improve its time to value. The traditional notion of a three- to five-year transformation program is not practical in today’s fast-paced environment.

Improvements need to be achieved in months, not years, a reality that can only be realized through a managed services partnership in which the only measure of success is tied to the operational improvements resulting from the program. While many supply chain executives have never seriously considered managed services as an SCM option due to liability, performance or security risk concerns, this is indeed an economical, efficient and strategically viable solution that supply chain leaders should consider to deliver operational performance.

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How Supply Chain Best Practice Metrics Can Predict the NFL Super Bowl

Published January 14th, 2015 by CJ Wehlage 1 Comment

supply chain best practice metrics predictionsFor those that follow the National Football League (NFL), these next few weekends are going to be engaging. We are down to the final four teams: Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers. With full disclosure, I have to say that I do not have a rooting interest. I grew up in Pittsburgh, and it is Steelers all day. But, that didn’t stop me from wondering who the Super Bowl champion would be. So, I decided to use supply chain best practice metrics to predict the Super Bowl participants, and the ultimate winner.

I remember when my parents questioned my plan to go after a dual degree in college – Industrial Engineering and Statistics. Only four more courses would get me the Statistics degree – that cost a lot of money. And, now, after 25 years, it’s about to pay off!

The winner of Super Bowl XLIX (or 49) will be…

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