The green supply chain’s impact on the future of supply chain management

RandyLittleson

The price of oil over the last year has had a dramatic impact on supply chains around the globe.  In this video, we spoke to Larry Lapide, MIT demand management research director, about the implications of oil prices on the supply chain and on supply chain management processes.  Larry describes how superior supply and demand […]

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Subscribe to The 21st Century Supply Chain…for free!

RandyLittleson

This would go into the category of a public service announcement… In case you weren’t aware, you can actually subscribe to The 21st Century Supply Chain blog and have updates automatically sent to you…for free!  You can subscribe via email (top right here) or via RSS. Increasingly, web sites that publish new content on a regular basis provide a […]

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Finding hidden inefficiencies in the supply chain

RandyLittleson

The latest edition of IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing Business Challenge is now available.  It’s called “No more belt tightening – finding hidden inefficiencies in the supply chain.”  This edition talks about a manufacturer struggling to manage costs in the poor economy.  Component prices have been on the increase and the recent runup in fuel prices has hit […]

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“Supply chain complexity must be actively managed before it EATS you!”

RandyLittleson

I can’t take credit for the title.  I’m at the AMR Research “The Business of IT” conference in Boston where we heard from AMR analysts, the CIOs of Merck and IBM and from Karl Braitberg who heads demand management for Cisco.  Karl gets credit for the great quote. During his discussion, Karl commented that what drives IT […]

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Mastering the slippery slope of SCM technology

MoniqueRupert

I read a good article at Supply Chain Management Review entitled “Mastering the slippery slope of technology.”  I’ve posted a comment at the site and have provided it here as well. ## My Comment ## I work for a supply chain management solution provider that helps in connecting manufacturers with their suppliers and this article […]

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Did SAP just admit that on-demand is cheaper than on-premise?

RandyLittleson

I came across this very interesting blog post entitled “SAP admits that SaaS is cheaper for you too” talking about SAP’s on and off moves into on-demand (or SaaS).  It raises some very interesting questions about the SAP cost structure for on-demand vs. on-premises offerings.  I’ll leave it to you to form your own judgments […]

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“Software” that works

RandyLittleson

Ben Worthen has a good article at his Business Technology blog at the Wall Street Journal entitled “Big companies want software that works.”  In the article, Ben discusses the decision criteria that big companies use to select technology solutions and why they are increasingly open to on-demand services to solve their needs – provided they […]

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Aligning demand-supply chain management with business strategies

RandyLittleson

This morning we put out a press release summarizing our recently completed Kinexions user conference.  As you’ll see in the release, we really had a great agenda this year with some excellent third-party speakers sharing some tremendous insights.  We even did some research with the attendees and the findings have been noted in the release. I’ve […]

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