Posts tagged as 'Supply chain visibility'

Talent and the 50 Shades of Gray of Supply Chain

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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I’m a ‘numbers guy’ and tend to gloss over ‘fluffy’ things like talent. Of course I understand and endorse the three-legged stool of People-Process-Technology and the need to keep the stool balanced by developing all the legs. Consequently when the panel on talent was introduced I was only paying partial attention. My bad. You can watch a full replay using this link.

What I found was that the panel was rich is diagnosis and short in insights. There was too much description of the problem and not enough of the solution. The panel did discuss what some firms are doing to recruit, train, and retain talent, but I was looking for that elusive notion of what is talent and how do we nurture it? I am sure there were many line managers in the audience who would have found the panel very useful, and Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights (SCI) has written quite often about the need for T-shaped people, meaning having the ability to see the ‘big’ or end-to-end picture and deep functional capabilities. But I was still struggling with what is talent and what talents are needed in supply chain. More on this later.

The raw numbers are sobering: There are 6 open positions for every recruit and the time it is taking to fill positions is increasing. What I find interesting in this context is how the empty roles have changed over the past 2 years in which SCI has been conducting a talent survey. While there are nuances, the clear message is that it is middle-management where the biggest gaps lie. The biggest change is in the difficulty of finding people to fill an S&OP manager role. To me this is a clear indication of the increased importance of the end-to-end or horizontal capabilities rather than the deep functional capabilities. Soft skills too, but also hard skills such as Finance.

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Embrace Complexity – Revisited

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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Tony Martins at Cyber Supply Chain published a very interesting blog over the weekend titled “The post-S&OP era – Managing in NOW mode” that explores the need and nature for more responsive and timely processes. I agree very much with most of Tony’s perspective, but there are areas where I think the argument can be taken […]

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Truth, Lies, and Statistical Modeling in Supply Chains – Part 3

TrevorMiles

As discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of the “Truth, Lies, and Statistical Modeling in Supply Chains series, systems rarely exhibit variability that follows a Normal distribution, even though very often we base our inventory policies on the assumption that both demand and supply lead times follow a Normal distribution. In this blog, I […]

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Bricks Matter Book Review: Part 1

KirkMunroe
  • by Kirk Munroe
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I received my personally signed copy of Lora Cecere’s Bricks Matter and it immediately had me thinking that I have always wanted to do a book review. As for reviewing this particular text, I also thought it might be nice to bring a perspective that was not steeped in traditional supply chain knowledge and experience.  […]

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What’s The Coolest Place to Work?

CJWehlage
  • by CJ Wehlage
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CJ Wehlage recently joined Kinaxis as vice president, high tech solutions. Wehlage joins a senior team of technical and industry experts that are a highly-leveraged resource for the company’s most critical initiatives across the sales, marketing and client services organizations. Wehlage brings over 20 years of industry experience both as a supply chain practitioner and […]

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

MelissaClow

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 […]

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SupplyChainBrain Video Series Part 5: How An Integrated Supply Chain Enables First Solar’s Business Goals

MelissaClow
  • by Melissa Clow
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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. […]

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My First Quarter @ Kinaxis

ManikSharma
  • by Manik Sharma
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Manik Sharma recently joined Kinaxis as an Industry Principal. Prior to joining, he was with JDA/i2 where he spent over ten years in various solution selling and consulting positions. Manik brings over 15 years of industry experience and possess deep knowledge of supply chain management from years as a practitioner and consultant across a wide […]

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