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2017 – The year of learning

BillDuBois

Education and training – What’s the difference?

learningFor anyone in supply chain, 2016 was an exciting and challenging year. Hot topics included advanced analytics, Internet of Things, 3D printing and robotics. Drop in all the global, economic, political and environmental challenges into the conversation and the changes needed to make supply chains survive and thrive in the future became front and center at all the top supply chain events.

At the Gartner supply chain conference back in May the theme was the “bimodal” supply chain. What exactly is bi-modal? Gartner describes it as running two modes within your supply chain simultaneously. Mode one focuses on managing day-to-day operations; mode two is all about making the breakthrough innovations needed to take on the new challenges facing supply chains.

Taking a bi-modal approach to learning

I recently sat in on a webinar that discussed learning options, subscriptions and how you can revolutionize the way your organization learns.

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How the Supply Chain Planning System Stole Christmas

TaunyaMacDonald

cabbage patch kidThe year is 1983, and all my sister and I wanted from Santa was a Cabbage Patch Kid doll. We had been dying for one for months, and my sister and I even dressed as Cabbage Patch Kids for Halloween that year (see picture proof included). If you were a little girl (and some boys I’m sure too, fess up boys!) around this time, you likely asked for the same thing from Jolly old St. Nick that year. If you were not part of this craze, let me tell you it was not a logical fad during the home computer and video game revolution of the 80’s. Cabbage Patch Kids were homely fabric dolls with yarn for hair, and each one was unique and came with a name. During a time when toys were continuing to get flashier and included electronics, these basic dolls were the hottest toy going that Christmas.

Cabbage Patch KidsThese dolls were manufactured in Asia and typically shipped by boat. While this was a cost effective shipping method, the entire supply chain planning system wasn’t fast and took four to six weeks for the dolls to arrive on the West Coast. In the weeks leading up to Christmas of 1983, the Cabbage Patch Kids craze was at its height. It gave rise to something that we are all too familiar with now – the shopping frenzy and in-store brawls over a toy. Display tables were knocked over, fights broke out. All of this chaos was caused by the shortage of the dolls. Once the company saw that they were not going to have enough supply to cover demand, they tried to fly the dolls rather than ship by boat, but their long lead times prevented them from manufacturing enough of the dolls to cover this unforeseen demand.

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Insights from Kinexions Tokyo 2016

Dr. MadhavDurbha

Kinexions TokyoKinaxis hosted Kinexions Tokyo 2016 customer user conference event at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo. It was a stupendously successful event with many customers, prospects, and partners in attendance. The day kicked off with some very interesting and engaging presentations by Deloitte, Roland DG, Mitsubishi, and a Kinaxis keynote delivered by me. Here are some common themes based on the presentations and the conversations I had with the event attendees:

  • Organizations are looking to digital supply chains as a differentiator. With increased complexity and volatility in global supply chains, the ability to respond quickly to supply chain disruptions is becoming very critical. However, such transformation is not a big bang switch, but is a journey. Both Roland DG and Mitsubishi shared their experiences and their journey towards faster decision-making.
  • Companies are looking to significantly revamp their supply chain planning processes. This is due to increased realization that the current batch oriented planning processes are limiting their ability to run scenarios in real time and collaborate based on them.

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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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