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The Late Late Supply Chain Show: Top 10 Kinexions Supply Chain Conference ’16 Highlights

BillDuBois

Well, we’re back from another successful Kinexions. Everyone at Kinaxis is still catching their breath and singing Eagles tunes.

There were so many highlights this year’s supply chain conference, it was difficult to get this into a top 10 list, but we did it.

Can you believe my one and only supply chain joke didn’t make the list? You know the one, “What do you get when you play a country song about supply chain backwards? You get your revenue back, your margins back, your customers back…”

Anyway, from the Late Late Supply Chain Show, here are our Top 10 Kinexions ’16 highlights.

kevin-omarah10. Kevin O’Marah. As our day 1 keynote, Kevin did a great job kicking off the conference with his talk on the future of supply chain.

Often, we’re so caught up on our day-to-day activities we don’t think about the mega trends that can affect supply chain. As one person summed it up, “It’s so important to think about what is coming 5/10/20+ years from now. I don’t get that chance too often.”

9. Mainstage Presentations. I may be cheating on this one, but it was too hard to pick just one. Presentations from Ford, Keysight, Roland and Xilinx were all described as “informative and insightful.”

Product roadmap conversations are always popular, and the encore of “The Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with RapidResponse” was a real showstopper. There was also the Maintaining Momentum panel that showcased another four customers.

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Kinexions Day 2: Supply Chain Data, and Processes, and People, Oh My!

MelissaClow

Kinexions Supply Chain“The future is about this connected enterprise with people working together.”

– Trevor Miles, VP of Thought Leadership at Kinaxis

The first day of Kinexions 2016 introduced the revolution of the supply chain. There’s no stopping the speed at which supply chains are running today, which means businesses have to integrate technology, processes, and people in order to successfully manage their supply chain and mitigate risks that arise.

So how do we actually implement integrated supply chain solutions?

That’s where Day 2 of Kinexions came in, with sessions and discussions focused on how businesses today are actually leveraging technology and transforming their internal infrastructures for more efficient end-to-end supply chain planning. Based on learnings from the second and final day of Kinexions, here’s how to actually implement digitization and take your supply chain to the next level.

Leverage IoT and AI in Business Strategy

In his session, Zoltan Pekar explained that while Roland DG Corporation had been at the forefront of digital technology and computing, there was now a need to integrate thanks to the rise of IoT and AI – the “4th Industrial Revolution”. In order to do this, Roland DG needed both the right technology and processes in place. With RapidResponse, Pekar and his team were able to set the foundation of their integrated strategy, becoming more data-driven, agile, and responsive. They then created a new corporate culture and management system, embracing digitization, collaboration, and customer centricity. By integrating new technology and strategy, Roland DG has been able to break down siloes and connect its entire value chain.

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Let’s Start a Revolution: Kinexions Supply Chain Conference Day 1

MelissaClow

kinexions supply chain conferenceHow do you start a supply chain revolution in Nashville? With some toe-tapping music from the Late Late Supply Chain Show band and rockin’ guitar playing from Kinaxis Director of Marketing Content, Bill DuBois, of course!

After an electric and entertaining opener, it was time to get down to business. From opening remarks from John Sicard, president and CEO of Kinaxis, to presentations from SCM World, Ford, and Keysight Technologies, the core theme was this revolutionizing of the supply chain where integration of technology and human involvement are paramount. Let’s take a deeper dive into Day 1 of the Kinexions supply chain conference:

Supply Chain Planning Components are Better Together than Apart

“Humans have to be involved, they have to be empowered.”

In supply chain planning, there are a lot of individual processes – capacity planning, demand planning, inventory management, etc. As Sicard put it, each individual process in supply chain planning is like a link in a chain. Each link serves a purpose and is necessary for making the supply chain function. However, supply chains have focused on these “links” one at a time and in siloes, rather than integrating them. According to Sicard, all parts of the supply chain must be interconnected, with human involvement and empowerment at the forefront. As the supply chain continues to speed up and evolve, anyone should be able to simulate anything they want at any time for faster and more strategic decision making and maintenance of the supply chain.

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Kinexions Supply Chain Conference 2016 Keynote Speakers Promise to Rock the House

TeresaChiykowski

Supply chain conferences 2016What do an SCM thought leader and a legendary lead guitarist have in common?

Easy. They’re going to jazz up our annual supply chain conference Kinexions with keynote sessions that inform, inspire and entertain.

This year, the Kinexions ’16 team is thrilled to welcome Kevin O’Marah, Chief Content Officer, SCM World and Don Felder, Lead Guitarist, The Eagles, as our day 1 and day 2 keynote presenters.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store from these world-class speakers at one of the best supply chain conferences of 2016:

Day 1: Future of Supply Chain: Be Prepared to Work Hard to Rock On!

Presenter: Kevin O’Marah

Megatrends conspiring to reshape the supply chain future include:

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Kinexions Supply Chain Conference Breakout Sessions

AlexaCheater

Kinexions ’16 Supply Chain Conference Lineup Hits All the Right Notes

Kinexions Logo KinaxisOur annual supply chain conference, Kinexions, is right around the corner, and we’re thrilled to be bringing our attendees some stellar supply chain content. With more than 30 outstanding sessions, including a variety of amped-up customer presentations from supply chain superstars like Ford, Roland DG, Keysight Technologies, Xilinx and Vizio, there’s something for everyone.

This year our breakout sessions will focus on four areas we believe are critical to supply chain planning:

Organizing for Success

Take your RapidResponse-enabled supply chain to the next level! Learn about integration options, increasing user adoption, building a Center of Excellence, and how to make the most of some of our hottest new features.

Preparing for the Future

Explore how a focus on inventory optimization, concurrent planning, ROI optimization, and organizational change management (to name a few) can help get your supply chain ready for what’s coming next.

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New Learning Program at Kinexions Supply Chain Conference 2016

TaunyaMacDonald

Kinaxis Rolls Out New Learning Program at Kinexions Supply Chain Conference 2016

Kinaxis Knowledge ServicesWell it’s that time of year again, where we at Kinaxis are geared up and excited about planning and preparing for Kinexions. While I get a lot of time with customers throughout the year, I always look forward to Kinexions every year because it’s the most fun. I get to see a lot of new and old friends at the event, where we can catch up, let loose at the events and still learn about our product, RapidResponse.

We have been very busy in the knowledge services department over the last year redesigning our entire learning program, and I do truly mean our entire program. If you’ve checked out the knowledge services area of our website, you’ve seen we’ve made significant investment in enhancing and scaling our knowledge services products and programs to bring a completely updated RapidResponse training and certification program.

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5 Reasons to Attend Kinexions Supply Chain Conference

TeresaChiykowski

Yeehaw! Top 5 Reasons to Attend Kinexions ‘16

You’ve got this piece of wood and some wires, pickups and some strings. How somebody uses that
configuration to make something memorable.

Don Felder, Lead Guitarist, The Eagles

don-felderWhy am I quoting Don Felder of the iconic band The Eagles? Good question.

Felder’s description of a guitar isn’t unlike what we do at our supply chain conference, Kinexions every year. We pull together some essential components to make something memorable for customers and employees. It’s what keeps folks coming back year after year.

Kinexions ‘16 promises to be no exception.

Offering a star-studded lineup of speakers, customer presentations, breakout sessions, training and foot stompin’ good fun, Kinexions ’16 is sure to be a number one hit again. If you’ve never attended Kinexions, and wondering why you should, here are the top five reasons to join us in Music City U.S.A. for the hit supply chain conference of 2016

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Poems about Supply Chain Management Software

AlexaCheater

A collection of bad supply chain poems: volume 2

Poems about Supply Chain Management Software After the success of last year’s bad supply chain poems, I’ve decided to resurrect this cringe-worthy tradition in honor of Bad Poetry Day. So sit back, kick your feet up, and prepare to be amazed by the literary talents of the Kinaxis team around today’s supply chain and our supply chain management software.

Dawn of a new supply chain
By Alexa Cheater

Down with Excel,
Let’s turn supply chain planning on its head,
No more hours compiling data in spreadsheets we dread!

It’s time for a new way,
Much better than before,
Where teams work together, instead of in silos or behind closed doors.

The future is now,
And it sure is bright,
Features like adaptive collaboration and concurrent planning mean sleep-filled nights.

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