Posts tagged as 'Supply management'

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) – How to Stay the Course

JohnWesterveld

Two men discuss S&OPI came across this blog on sales and operations planning (S&OP) from the Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning (IBF) the other day. The article, S&OP and Culture Change: How to Stay the Course, written by Kathleen Winter, describes how corporate culture can derail an otherwise successful S&OP implementation.

Interestingly, it also describes the warning signs to look for if your S&OP process has fallen off the tracks. I suggest reviewing the blog to get a more detailed explanation of the warning signs, and what you can do to counter each, but I’ll summarize things here.

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Know Sooner. Act Faster. Not just a supply chain software conference theme

JohnWesterveld

We recently held our user conference, Kinexions, in Scottsdale Arizona. Attendees from around the world gathered to learn, laugh, share and connect. The event was kicked off by an address from Kinaxis CEO, Doug Colbeth. And, followed by an inspiring talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing finding your passion: how you need to find what you love to do and then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That was followed by several customer presentations describing how they’ve used RapidResponse to know sooner and act faster. And actually, that was the theme of the show…“Know sooner, act faster”.

If you are a Kinaxis customer, you know what this tagline means. For those who aren’t, this is what we are talking about:

Know sooner: Imagine that you have a supply chain disruption. Your supplier’s line has gone down and they’ve decommitted the next few weeks of orders while they make repairs and get caught up. Imagine you found this out first thing Monday morning. With your current ERP system, how long would it take you to understand what that delay would do to your production schedule? What customer orders would be impacted? What does this do to your weekly, monthly, quarterly revenue targets? Maybe the supply delay really only impacts safety stock and minimally impacts actual customer orders. Perhaps the supply delay impacts millions of dollars of revenue.

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SupplyChainBrain Video Series Part 8: Celestica’s Supply Chain Collaboration Center

MelissaClow

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, we have been sharing the clips. The final video in our series […]

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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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Is Microsoft missing the mark – or should I say, market – again?

KirkMunroe
  • by Kirk Munroe
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Windows 8 is here and the Surface tablet is shipping. Is this going to put excitement back into Microsoft or just fall with the thud of Windows 7 phones, Zune, and some many other launches of the past ten years? Just over 12 years ago, literally at the turn of the century, Microsoft was still […]

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Another One Bites the Dust: RedPrairie

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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It is with great surprise that I read about the demise of yet another company focused on supply chain planning, namely the purchase of JDA by RedPrairie for $1.9B. Of course RedPrairie does not see it in this manner.  They see this as growth, as opportunity.  Equally interesting is that it is RedPrairie, with revenues […]

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Reflections on Kinexions 2012

KirkMunroe
  • by Kirk Munroe
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We had our annual user conference last week. All early signs point to Kinexions ’12 being a great event. The feedback from customers and the influencer community has been 100% positive (fingers crossed for future blog posts!). The conference was my second since joining in August of 2011. As the conference was wrapping up, it […]

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Dude, Where’s my car?

AndrewBell
  • by Andrew Bell
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I recently had the opportunity to attended the Automotive Logistics Global conference in the Motor City, Detroit Michigan. As a self-proclaimed “car guy”, the conference proved to be a fascinating behind the scenes look at the logistics of turning raw materials into the beautiful finished good we call the modern automobile. I had no idea […]

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