Kinaxis on the road: 12th American Supply Chain & Logistics Summit

Published November 27th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments
SCL Summit

The American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit, now in its 12th year, brings together senior executives from across the Supply Chain and Logistics fields to enjoy an unbeatable mix of networking, expert case studies, interactive debates and master classes over three exceptional days.

Join Benji Green, Director of Global Sales, Operations, Supply and Inventory Planning at Avaya for the Kinaxis supply chain optimization workshop on December 9th. Register using the link below to receive 25% off your registration.

December 8-10, 2014
Dallas, Texas

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Posted in General News, Pharma and life sciences supply chain management, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain collaboration, Supply Chain Events, Supply chain management


Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #8: Keeping supply chain information in silos (and preventing your users from making the best decisions)

Published November 26th, 2014 by John Westerveld 0 Comments

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Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Over the next several weeks, I’ll outline these issues and discuss some ideas around how to avoid these practices. You can find the previous posts here:

Reason #8 Keeping supply chain information in silos (and preventing your users from making the best decisions)

Don’t ask… you don’t want to know. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase from different people in different contexts. Sometimes it’s true. I probably don’t want to know. Sometimes (like when I hear it from my son) I probably not only want to know, I NEED to know. Not because I want to pry (well… maybe a little) but mostly because I care and if I know I might be able to help.

When companies deploy supply chain solutions, they often make the decision for users… “you don’t want to know”. They do this by preventing them from getting (or making it very difficult to get) any more information than they absolutely need to do their specific job. Sometimes this information limitation actually prevents them from doing their job adequately.

Sometimes this is intentional and necessary;

  • Some companies (especially publicly traded companies) restrict access to revenue / margin information to prevent unauthorized financial data from getting out.
  • Some companies prevent access to data to prevent trade secrets (or in the case of US military manufacturers ITAR regulations prevent foreign nationals from accessing manufacturing data)

Sometimes this is intentional and questionable;

  • One company I’ve talked to told me that they limit information to their planners because they wouldn’t know what to do with it… that it would just confuse them. But in my opinion, there are few things more complex than supply chain management. Planners are smart people and if educated (APICS training should be a prerequisite in my opinion), they likely will have no problem absorbing and using additional information.
  • In other cases, information is limited because of interdepartmental rivalries, for example, “I don’t want demand planning to see my supply planning information. I’ll tell them what they are getting.”This is just plain wrong on multiple levels. If you hear this rational, then I’d look at your management levels and how people are being rewarded. In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, the only metrics that count are how a change impacts the company’s goals. Departmental goals should be secondary.

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Posted in General News, Response Management, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain collaboration


End-to-End Available to Promise Webcast

Published November 24th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Just a quick post to let our readers know of the upcoming webcast, “End-to-End Available to Promise“.

This webcast will define available to promise (ATP) in dispersed and outsourced operations for environments with high demand and supply variability. Traditionally, ATP has been done in a request – promise manner across each tier of the supply chain, which adds enormous latency to the decision process. There is an urgent need to create capabilities that can manage the conflicts and complexities of the ATP process more effectively as it crosses multiple tiers and trading partners.

Join Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights, along with Trevor Miles and Kerry Zuber of Kinaxis, as they explore the definition, barriers and opportunity for ATP.

Citing various industry examples and both current and future use cases, this session will cover:

  • the difference between ATP and capable to promise (CTP)
  • what modeling in an ATP context should encompass
  • the different process and technology capabilities required along the ATP maturity curve
  • the Kinaxis ATP value proposition (with product demonstration)

Register now for the Thursday, December 11th | 2pm EST / 7pm UTC

 

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Posted in Milesahead, Supply Chain Events, Supply chain management


Kinaxis Receives Two Awards at the Best Ottawa Business Awards Gala: Deal of the Year and Outstanding Company

Published November 21st, 2014 by John Sicard 2 Comments

Kinaxis Best Ottawa Business Awards Company of the YearLast night I had the pleasure of attending the Best Ottawa Business Awards in Ottawa, Canada where Kinaxis was recognized for Deal of the Year and as an Outstanding Company.

As an Ottawa headquartered company and a business that has been very successful over the past few years, we are delighted to be a part of the business growth and success of Ottawa.

I believe our success over the years can be contributed to our strong value proposition to our customers, as supply chain becomes increasingly important to large companies.

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Posted in Awards, General News, Miscellanea


Guest Blog: Women of the Supply Chain: Responsibility, Collaboration and Bathroom Lines

Published November 20th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Josh Greenbaum, Principal, Enterprise Applications ConsultingJosh Greenbaum, Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting recently published a blog that I would like to share with our readers.

Josh has over 30 years of experience in the industry as a computer programmer, systems analyst, author, consultant, and industry analyst. He founded Enterprise Applications Consulting in 1998 and has been a pioneering independent analyst and consultant ever since.

Women of the Supply Chain: Responsibility, Collaboration and Bathroom Lines

Hanging out with Kinaxis, the relatively small and always interesting supply chain vendor from Ottawa, Canada, never fails to be an eye-opening experience. It’s not just that I get to meet with a vendor and a loyal cadre of customers who are collectively pushing the envelope on all things supply chain, it’s that sometimes they’re pushing an envelope I hadn’t seen before in my peregrinations in the supply chain world.

This year’s Kinexions user conference was no different. What I heard from Kinaxis about taking RapidResponse, its in-memory supply chain planning product, further into the realm of collaboration by pushing users to self-identify their areas of responsibility represented an excellent strategic direction on the part of Kinaxis.

I also learned something from observing the lines forming outside of the bathrooms, which, if you’ll bear with me, I promise will actually reveal one of the reasons I like where Kinaxis is heading with RapidResponse.

I feel obliged to state unequivocally that I don’t usually pay much attention to plumbing and people, except when it comes to pure self-interest. But I couldn’t help noticing that the queue for the women’s room at Kinexions was one of the longest I had ever seen at a tech conference, other than my recent visit to Workday ‘s user conference.

Of course, what I’m really talking about is the proportion of women in attendance at Kinexions relative to both the number of men at Kinexions and the gender ratios found at most tech conferences. And while the lines outside the women’s room at the recent Workday conference that I attended were even longer, there’s an important difference between the disproportionate presence of women at a supply chain conference and the even greater disproportionality at a HRMS conference.

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Posted in General News, Products, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain management


Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)

Published November 19th, 2014 by John Westerveld 2 Comments
English: Book shelf

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Over the next several weeks, I’ll outline these issues and discuss some ideas around how to avoid these practices. You can find the previous posts here:

Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)

I went into a store the other day. I’d driven an hour to get there. I went to that particular store because their web site confirmed that they had 12 units on hand of the thing I was looking for. When I got there and went looking, I couldn’t find it… the slot was there but there was nothing on the shelves. I found someone from the store and asked about my item. Yes, the computer shows they had 12 units on hand. They went looking at the shelf the computer said the item was on (the one I just checked). Not there. They looked in the back. Nope, nothing. They searched the shelves around where the item was supposed to be. Nowhere to be found. “I’m sorry sir. It looks like the computer made a mistake…we don’t have any”. Hmmm… So I went back home and ordered it from Amazon.

A couple things struck me about that interaction. Having wasted time going to that store, I’d be less inclined to use that store in the future – at least I’d be much less likely to trust their website’s inventory. The second is that it likely wasn’t the computer that made a mistake, it was a mistake made by a person or process somewhere along the way. And finally the same types of mistakes and process failings that resulted in my wasted trip occur all the time in supply chain. In addition to losing customers like me, those mistakes result in bad data that cost manufacturing companies millions of dollars.

Bad data in supply chain seems like it should be a minor thing. I mean, it’s just numbers right? Let’s look at some typical supply chain data errors and think about the potential costs;

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Posted in General News, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain collaboration, Supply chain management


Live Webcast: Continuous S&OP for Life Sciences – Breaking the Mold

Published November 17th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Live Webcast: Continuous S&OP for Life Sciences - Breaking the Mold

Just a quick post to let you know of our upcoming live webcast, “Continuous S&OP for Life Sciences – Breaking the Mold“, which we will host this Wednesday, November 19th at 11am EST.

Trevor Miles, VP of Thought Leadership, Kinaxis, will present on the following topic.

Webcast Abstract

Trevor MilesBusiness realities have changed so tremendously in the last thirty years that the traditional ‘plan then execute’ S&OP model has become highly ineffective. It is unable to facilitate decision making amid acutely complex supply chain networks, or within the time horizons required. This is particularly true for Life Sciences companies faced with varying regulatory requirements and aging product portfolios.

In response, there is an emerging recognition that operational information must be accessed and evaluated on a continuous basis, whereby decisions that may have once only been considered as part of a scheduled S&OP process can be made as needed throughout the cycle. In this capacity, process execution evolves into operational orchestration.

In this webcast, learn about the unique S&OP challenges for Life Sciences companies, the importance of changing S&OP mindsets, and how to break the S&OP mold from both a process and technology perspective.

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Posted in Demand management, General News, Inventory management, Milesahead, Supply Chain Events


Recap of Ventana Research’s Technology Innovation Awards: Understanding the New Generation of Business Planning

Published November 14th, 2014 by CJ Wehlage 0 Comments

Ventana-Research-AwardI recently attended the Ventana Research Technology Innovation Awards that were held in October. The the awards distinguish pioneers that have developed clear visionary and transformative technology.

On behalf of Kinaxis, I was proud to accept the Technology Innovation award in the category of Operational Leadership. In our recent news release on the win, Trevor Miles said the following:

“The operational core of a business is its supply chain. With Kinaxis, our customers are achieving true performance breakthroughs by being able to more effectively and efficiently orchestrate efforts across supply chain functions, departments and company lines,” said Trevor Miles, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Kinaxis. “We are very proud to receive the award from Ventana given their acute focus on the business value provided by technology systems. Winning the Operational Leadership award is a respected validation of our product and technology approach.”

Did you miss the summit? Good news… I’d like to share my presentation slides from the panel discussion as well as the link for your complimentary access to Ventana Research’s recorded sessions and presentations.

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