Posts tagged as 'information management'

Data is the new oil: know sooner, act faster

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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Rami Karjian of Flextronics casually threw out the comment that “data is the new oil” during a session at the recent Gartner Supply Chain Conference in Palm Desert. The session titled “New Business Rules – The Flextronics Next-Generation Supply Chain Strategy” was hosted by GT Nexus. Given Flextronics’ role as a contract manufacturer in the […]

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Turning Supply Chain Risk into Opportunity at Jabil

LoriSmith
  • by Lori Smith
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The third in our SupplyChainBrain video interview series is Jabil. These videos are jam packed with great content and I suggest you check them out (free registration to view, but well worth it!) The cost of managing risk can’t be allowed to outweigh the value of the supply chain, says Joe McBeth, vice president, supply […]

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How are spreadsheets like cockroaches?

JohnWesterveld

“…They’ve been in existence for decades, they can spread like wildfire, and no one has quite figured out how to stop their proliferation – even if they really, really want to.” I came across this entertaining rant in the Sourcing innovation blog.  The idea is that despite many attempts on behalf of IT to get […]

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In-memory…In-style

JohnSicard
  • by John Sicard
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There was no avoiding the buzz surrounding SAP’s recent announcements and demonstration of its newly available in-memory database technology at the SAPPHIRE 2010 conference. There’s a good description of Hasso Plattner’s vision here, and some deep and relevant commentary from Dennis Moore here.  Having read previously that SAP acquired Sybase in part to gain access to […]

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Human intelligence and machine stupidity: Supply chains are about effectiveness, not only efficiency

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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Before I start on the body of my blog posting, let me state unequivocally that I believe, no, that I know, that computers and software have a huge role to play in decision making and execution in a wide range of business functions.  After all, I have worked in the software industry for the past […]

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Excel doesn’t excel in all cases…

MoniqueRupert

I recently read a blog post titled “Beware Supply Chain Excel Users—YOU are DOOMED!!!!” by Khudsiya Quadri of TEC.  I completely agree with the author that there is a big risk to SCM Professionals who rely too heavily on Excel.  There are all the reasons listed in the article such as  lack of collaboration, visibility, control […]

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How can you evolve from business intelligence to business value?

TrevorMiles

Not too long ago companies suffered from having too little data with which to manage the company’s operations. The ERP age has brought in a different problem of too much data, but too little information. This is not unusual because transaction systems, such as ERP, are designed to capture data and make a record of […]

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Old-school organizational power structures thwart business performance: The old dogs need to learn new tricks

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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John Westerveld, a colleague of mine, wrote a great 2-part blog post titled “Top ten reasons YOU should be doing S&OP” in which he gives a great practical example of when S&OP can be of great benefit to an organization.  The first reason John selects is alignment across different functions in an organization.  This set […]

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