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Remembering: Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout by Laura Dionne, TriQuint at Kinexions

Published August 21st, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout by Laura Dionne TriQuint at Kinexions

Like I’ve mentioned in my last couple of Thursday blogs, we are starting to gear up for this year’s Kinexions (our annual training & user conference). A few weeks ago I began to reminisce about our fun customer videos from past conferences and I decided to create a blog series to share. So, on this ‘Throw Back Thursday’, I would like to share this video of Laura Dionne, director worldwide operations planning, presenting “Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout”.

In this video hear Laura Dionne, JP Swanson and Guenter Schmidt speak about their experience with RapidResponse – it’s not only educational, but fun too. Please check it out!

Laura Dionne has over 30 years of semiconductor experience spanning manufacturing, supply chain, IT and operations. Her career has spanned supply network activities from the days of 13 column pads to Lotus 1-2-3, to MRP & APO and now into Her professional passion is focused around business intelligence and decision support, rapid analysis of multi-dimensional problems (profit, revenue, cost, capital) as well as the marriage of business process, IT solutions and employee development for solving business challenges.

If you don’t see the video below, view “Compromise. Confessions of a Supply Chain Dropout” here.

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An Open Confession – Please Don’t Fire Me, I Promise to Learn Laugh Share and Connect on the Supply Chain Expert Community

Published August 14th, 2014 by Bill DuBois 1 Comment

Before I start let me confess something. I am not a social media guy. I only go on Facebook to see my latest invitations to play Candy Crush and I still think a Twitter is 3 hits away from a no-hitter. However the idea of an online community seemed a bit more appealing since it was all about a group of people with a common interest sharing information on that topic. Obviously one community I pay attention to is the Supply Chain Expert community powered by Kinaxis. That leads me to the second part of my confession. I haven’t been on the community for a little while. Recently I was doing a demonstration of the Dashboard capabilities in RapidResponse. One participant asked about authoring Dashboards and I suggested they visit the Supply Chain Expert Community to check out a short video on authoring dashboards. The third part of my confession is that I had not seen the video for myself. I knew it was there but after making the recommendation I thought I should see it firsthand. The final part of my confession is that I had been taking the content of the community for granted.

The first thing I took for granted is that anyone can get to the dozens of training videos, for free, without having to be a Kinaxis customer. The video I suggested on authoring Dashboards was only one of many. If you look at the 6 menu items below, 5 are open to anyone. Only the support is closed to customers because it deals with specific customer data and use cases.

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If you look at the Content section you’ll see everything from ways to better utilize RapidRepsonse to information of key Supply Chain topics and strategies. Sorry, it’s lacking a bit on motivational quotes and links to the latest celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. Notice I’m only in as a guest and still have access to everything from blog posts, discussions and videos.

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Next you can see who is participating. This group includes RapidResponse users, Kinaxis customers along with Supply Chain Analysts, consultants and many people just looking to learn more about Supply Chain.

Places and the Supply Chain Hub easily take you to some of the most popular and informative places in the community. One of those places is the Just for Laughs section which includes the most popular Supply Chain show in western Ottawa, the Late Late Supply Chain Show. Some people say it was just a way I could  get free Coronas but it was really a group of employees that wanted to shed light on a vital part of any organization and the opportunities available to radically change the way we manage Supply Chains…while drinking beer.

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The RapidResponse section is a goldmine of information for all users and anyone interested in getting into the details of the new generation of Supply Chain tools and processes. I still can’t believe this section isn’t locked down to customers but the Kinaxis team feels that more participation will lead to faster breakthroughs and stronger Supply Chains for their customers.

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There you have it. The truth will set you free, I feel much better after my confession. So go check out the community or drop me a comment to see if I got fired for my lack of social media savvy.

 

Posted in General News, Supply chain collaboration, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management


On the road again! Top 5 things about Kinaxis at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Published May 8th, 2014 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

We’re thrilled to be a sponsor of the upcoming Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference taking place May 20-22 in Phoenix, AZ.

Are you planning on attending? Here’s what we think are the top 5 things you should know for this event:

#5 Thinking outside the box at the Vendor User Roundtable on Tuesday, May 20th at 3:30pm. Join our own Trevor Miles for this small group discussion on: Stop being boxed in! It’s the arrows between the boxes that matter

#4 We’ll be tweeting live commentary! Follow @milesahead, @Kinaxis or #GartnerSCC.

#3 We are sponsoring: Kinaxis is the Premier Sponsor of the conference, and once again we are also proud to sponsor the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 Celebration Dinner – celebrating world-class supply chain achievements on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:45pm.

#2 Meet our experts and seeing a demonstration at Kinaxis booth #105 during the Solution Provider Showcase. Don’t forget to ask why we were positioned in the leaders quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record.

Gartner supply chain conference late late supply chain show#1 Learn and laugh with senior supply chain executives during our Solution Provider Session on May 21st at 11:30am:
Stacey Cornelius, Vice President, Operations, Nimble Storage
Tony Savoca, Director, IT Supply Chain and Logistics, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Trevor Miles and host Bill Dubois

Achieving “3D” Vision: Defining, Designing, Delivering End-to-End Supply Chain Processes

Join the latest episode of the ‘Late Late Supply Chain Show’ where Kinaxis business consultant (and pseudo talk show host), Bill Dubois and guest panelists will take an entertaining and informed look at the three Ds (definition, design, delivery) of a supply chain process and technology vision. Kinaxis will give its definition of a planning system of record, and will discuss key tenets to designing and delivering it. Hear examples of what it takes to execute, as companies share experiences on their steps towards realizing the end-to-end vision in this high-energy, interactive session.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference May 20 2014

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Posted in General News, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management


The Scariest Supply Chain Stories: Happy Halloween!

Published October 31st, 2013 by Melissa Clow 1 Comment

We are hot off the heels of Kinexions, our annual training and user conference where we had the opportunity to ask supply chain professionals to describe their scariest supply chain situation.

In collaboration with SupplyChainBrain, we put together the following video. Here’s what customers from Celestica, First Solar and Kennametal told us…

Happy Halloween 21st Century Supply Chain readers!

Viewer discretion: Watching this video may keep you up at night.

What’s your scariest supply chain story? Tell us what keeps you up at night!

 

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Just When You Thought School Was Out, Here’s Another Supply Chain Lesson

Published July 22nd, 2013 by Bill DuBois 2 Comments

supply chain lessons graduating studentsAs a supply chain professional attending a recent graduation ceremony, I couldn’t help but think of the state of our industry as I listened to the commencement speaker challenge the graduating seniors to pursue lifelong learning, challenge the status quo, and never stop searching for the “paradigm shift”.

Working in a supply chain environment creates opportunities to help our organizations grow and adapt to massive changes in the global economy. To really have a continuing positive impact, we need to acknowledge the increased complexity and velocity of today’s business climate.

Despite the fact that  globalization and other market trends have redefined the way businesses operate, the conventional structure of the supply chain has not strayed far from its origins. To many in the field, it still means:

  • we plan and then execute;
  • organizations and their respective processes operate as silos of people, data and applications;
  • collaboration and coordination is limited in scope and speed as a result of the disconnected nature of operations;
  • And, planning processes, like S&OP, are largely sequential and therefore can take weeks or months to complete.

The status quo might have been good enough if the world around us had not changed since those early days of supply chain, with its vertically integrated, build-to-stock model. The biggest change is most likely the amount of volatility and complexity one must deal with, as a result of such things as shortened product life cycles, outsourcing, and unexpected supply chain disruptions, such as natural disasters. This list could go on. I would recommend a number of my colleague, Trevor Miles’ posts on the 21st century supply chain blog including “Embrace Complexity – Revisited” and  “Visibility, Agility and Alignment“.  Trevor touches on the organizational and technology “status quo” and the results of managing the supply chain with an eye toward change.

I called out the latter post from Trevor because it deals with the loss of visibility and coordination across global operations. That brings us to our esteemed commencement speaker’s suggestion to look for the paradigm shift. I think the paradigm shift for the supply chain is that the ‘plan and then execute’ model is killing business, and has given rise to a different approach.

Let’s face it, while we’re in the midst of planning (or executing), stuff happens. Like the football coach who throws his game plan out after the first whistle blows, we tend to start dealing with a variance to the plan as soon as that plan is approved. Instead of “plan and execute” the paradigm has shifted to “plan, monitor and respond”, with the expectation that all three have equal importance and occur concurrently through a collective, integrated effort.

Planning, monitoring, and responding can’t happen in isolation or in succession. People, data and applications that make up an organizational team can no longer be segregated, even when they are spread across the globe. One group can no longer wait for another to finish their activities before they start theirs. Today, companies are competing against time.  So the paradigm shift is concurrent planning, where decision makers are able to see impact and risk across the organization instantly and work as a team to maintain the demand supply balance over both the short and long term. Importantly, this means understanding who is impacted by a change (or  the subsequent course correction) is just as important as the products, parts, resources and KPIs impacted. The new paradigm of parallel planning, monitoring, and responding must include the human collaboration element.

ERP systems are not designed or implemented in a way that provides immediate visibility to key data and the projected impact of events across roles. With a rigid ERP system, an organization can experience inferior and sluggish decision making.  The traditional options of ERP and its bolt-on modules; or standalone software applications that solve point agendas; or, alternatively, a proliferating collection of Excel spreadsheets that offer flexibility but suffer from serious limitations in reliability, scalability, and collaboration, are no longer sufficient.  The information flow latency-and therefore decision latency-in these environments is enormous. In today’s dynamic market, you must be able to evaluate situations in seconds, not hours or days. When analysis is too difficult to perform and takes too long, it simply doesn’t happen. The end result is that you struggle to get alignment of demand and supply, because agility and adaptability are nearly impossible to achieve.

Business success depends on how quickly companies adjust plans to maintain the demand and supply balance. When issues arise, as they always will, there is no time to dig for data, wait for reports to run, or perform ad hoc, informal analysis using spreadsheets. What is required is fast, accurate and comprehensive analysis. And that is what Kinaxis RapidResponse provides.

Most manufacturers we work with have standardized on an ERP system as their execution-backbone. Yet, they all face growing volatility, increasing supply chain complexity, and the realization that they have entered a new era of surprise and compromise. As a result, forward thinking organizations are now placing a high priority on enterprise-wide planning, monitoring and response coordination. Their core needs typically include increasing agility and analytical capabilities, improving operational flexibility, and investing in long term scalability of their execution platform.

Leveraging their investments in ERP, companies that adopt RapidResponse do so to:

  • gain new and agile supply chain planning and analytical capabilities not possible otherwise
  • increase flexibility to better support varying corporate, functional, and user specific needs
  • establish a platform that can scale with the organization over the long term
  • drive tangible business outcomes by both improving and accelerating planning and execution within and across supply chain functions

Hopefully the next commencement address you hear provides a bit of inspiration, no matter when you last put on a cap and gown. For both the new graduate and the veteran supply chain professional, some lessons shouldn’t go out of style: never stop learning; challenge the status quo; and look for the paradigm shift. As our supply chains continue to get more complex, this advice won’t just be a passing remark, but a key factor for long term success.

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Posted in Miscellanea, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management


This Year’s ‘Top Five Things’ about Kinaxis at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Published May 15th, 2013 by Melissa Clow 0 Comments

If you haven’t already heard, the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference  ̶  ‘The World’s Most Important Gathering of Supply Chain Leaders’  ̶   is taking place May 21-23 in Phoenix, AZ.

The theme of the conference is ‘Re-Imagine Supply Chain: Fast, Forward, Focus’ and features a fantastic line up of presenters. You can find lots of information on the conference site, but here’s what we think are the top 5 things you should know for this event!

#5 We are attending: Kinaxis will have a staffed booth at the event. Please come by booth #101 and say hi to the team!

#4 We are tweeting: We’ll be tweeting live commentary! Follow #GartnerSCC, @kinaxis or @milesahead.

#3 We are sponsoring: Kinaxis is the Premier Sponsor of the conference, and once again we are also proud to sponsor the Supply Chain Top 25 Dinner celebrating world-class supply chain achievements.

#2 We are presenting: We are hosting a Solution Provider Session in the Grand Canyon, Room 6, on Wednesday May 22nd at 3:15pm.

Gartner Supply Chain Executive ConferenceBut most of all…

#1 We are having fun: We are turning our session into a live taping of the LATE LATE SUPPLY CHAIN SHOW.  Laugh and learn with Kinaxis business consultant, Bill Dubois, as he interviews senior supply chain executives to get to the heart of their control tower initiatives in “Supply Chain Control Towers-Defining an Approach and Driving Results”.

Special guests include:

Laura Dionne, Senior Director, Worldwide Operations Planning at TriQuint

Don Gaspari, Director, Global Inventory Management at NCR

Roddy Martin, Managing Director at Accenture

C.J. Wehlage, Vice President, High Tech Solutions at Kinaxis

 

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Posted in Demand management, Supply chain collaboration, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management


SupplyChainBrain Video Series Part 6 Power of One – Collaborative Planning and Execution across the End-to-End Supply Chain

Published March 2nd, 2013 by Melissa Clow 2 Comments

In October, SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference. At our event they completed a number of video interviews with some customers, analysts, and Kinaxis executives. These videos are loaded with great information and we would like to share it with our readers.

Each week for the coming weeks, we will be highlighting a clip from SupplyChainBrain. Next up, a discussion with Procter & Gamble (now retired), Supply Chain Insights; NCR Corp. and Kinaxis.

Power of One: Collaborative Planning and Execution across the End-to-End Supply Chain

Breaking down functional silos to create transparent and responsive end-to-end supply chains has long been an intractable problem, but many companies are finding success using a Control Tower concept that gets everyone working off the same plan and focused on the same outcome. Discussing this approach, and the Kinaxis solutions that pioneered it, are: Paul Bittinger, former supply chain transformation manager, Procter & Gamble (now retired); Lora Cecere, founder and CEO, Supply Chain Insights; Don Gaspari, director, global materials and inventory, NCR Corp.; and Kirk Munroe, vice president of marketing, Kinaxis.
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Posted in Control tower, Demand management, Inventory management, On-demand (SaaS), Response Management, Sales and operations planning (S&OP), Supply chain collaboration, Supply chain comedy, Supply chain management, Supply chain risk management


Things are getting hairy at Kinaxis!

Published November 14th, 2012 by John Westerveld 2 Comments

If you were to walk the halls of Kinaxis headquarters in Ottawa these days, you’d notice something a bit different.

It might take you a few moments, but it’s there. There seems to be a lot of guys sporting hair on their upper lip. No, we’re not living in the 70’s (we leave that to the ERP vendors). No, it’s not a weird Canadian approach to dealing with the cold. Nope, it’s Movember!

Movember is a movement that was started in Australia with a group of friends – you can watch a TED talk with one of the founders here.

The idea behind Movmeber is best described on the Movember website, but here’s a good quote:

“Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in Canada and around the world. With their “Mo’s”, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine mustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.”

Since its inception in 2003, Movember has raised $301 Million CAD and has driven many men (myself included) to take their health more seriously.

This is the second year that Kinaxis has had a Movember team. In our first year, we were able to raise over $2000 and had a lot of fun with various events throughout the month, not to mention growing some really cool ‘staches.

Things are getting hairy at Kinaxis!

This year promises to be even better. We’ve already had a couple of events and we are well on our way to exceeding last year’s donations. My personal favorite event was the bagel breakfast kick-off, which included the “Shave the Scott” event, where some lucky person got to shave the famous beard from our documentation writer, Scott. And no, we didn’t really use the straight razor.

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Movember has been a lot of fun so far, but we shouldn’t forget the underlying reason for Movember.  According to the Movember page, men die 5 – 6 years younger than women, have 4 times higher suicide rates. Further, more than 5 men die prematurely each hour from potentially preventable illnesses. Movember is about changing these stats, one mustache at a time.  If you are interested in helping raise money for men’s health awareness and research, feel free to donate to team Kinaxis!

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Posted in Control tower, Demand management, Lean manufacturing, Response Management, Supply chain collaboration, Supply chain comedy