Clearly, A Must See at Gartner Executive Supply Chain Conference

  • by Bill DuBois
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It’s another exciting time for the Kinaxis team as we gear up for the 2014 Gartner Executive Supply Chain Conference. I’m especially excited to be back hosting the Late Late Supply Chain Show once again. This year our theme is “Achieving “3D” Vision: Defining, Designing, Delivering End-to-End Supply Chain Processes”.

Along with our own Late Show favorite, Trevor Miles we’ll be joined by a panel of experts to clear the air on supply chain visibility. Trevor has written extensively on the challenges associated with achieving true supply chain visibility and the changes over the years that’s driving the complexity.

Trevor and the panel will provide real world examples of what you can do to overcome the challenges associated with global visibility but I, for one don’t think it’s that complex. I simply put on my Google Glasses, searched supply chain visibility and got all the clarity I needed. With my Google Glasses on, here’s what I see:

True Supply Chain Visibility is more than just seeing what’s in front of you.

You need to understand what’s going on around you.

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How that will affect you.

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How it will affect others.

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You need to see the big picture.

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Sometimes things aren’t always obvious.

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Focus on what’s important to drive profitability and reduce costs.

And most importantly you need to feel as close to those Supply Chain partners as if they were right next to you.

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Call me a “glass hole” but I think that’s all there is to it. I’m sure Trevor and the panel will clear up anything I’m missing. If you’re at the conference, be sure to drop by the Kinaxis booth to say hi and join us for the Late Late Supply Chain show. If you can’t make it look for our post conference summaries here on the 21st century supply chain blog..


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Bill DuBois has enjoyed over 12 years with Kinaxis in a number of roles including his current position as a business consultant providing pre-sales support to the Kinaxis Sales Team. This includes developing and delivering “stand-out” product demonstrations, delivering ROI analysis and also coordinating and conducting pilot projects for prospective customers. In his other roles with Kinaxis, Bill was the manager of pre sales consulting and joined the company as an integration consultant. Prior to joining Kinaxis, Bill gained 12 years of manufacturing, supply chain and lean experience while with Boeing of Canada. Bill is APICS CPIM certified. And as a qualified APICS instructor, Bill has developed and delivered APICS courses in material planning, master scheduling, capacity management and just-in-time. Bill has also developed and delivered Lean education and training packages for all levels of personnel. Bill studied Electronics Technology at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Bill, as the resident Kinaxis comedian, is also the host of our home-grown Late Late Supply Chain Show. The Late Late Supply Chain Show videos can be found on the Just for Laughs section of the Supply Chain Expert Community. With top-ten list in hand, Bill keys up the funny with his late show antics appealing to a broad base of supply chain professionals — those who can laugh at the chaos of their daily lives (they need the laughter to mask the pain.) Bill has won the plaudits of critics — all one of them – and has proven himself in the ratings — first in late late supply chain shows! And Bill won’t stop until “this order has been filled.” Check him out for yourself!

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  1. Supply chain overseeing is management of supply arrangement of associations, individuals innovations and assets which are included in handling and supply from the makers to the clients. It is a long chain with complex structures all weave together.

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