Unparalleled customer affinity on full display at Kinexions ’18


Kinexions '18

It’s a month since I joined Kinaxis, and what a month it’s been!  I’ve seen my fellow Kinaxisians (I think I just made up a new term – or not – but I’m using it) in action, I’ve seen the product in action, and most importantly, I’ve seen our customers in action.

Our annual customer conference Kinexions was the best capstone I could’ve hoped for at the 30-day mark, because I haven’t seen customers show such passion for a solutions provider in my 20+ years in this industry.  On my flight back home last night after Kinexions, I found some time to reflect, and here it is:

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What matters next for supply chain management? An insider’s look at day one of Kinexions ’18.


Kinexions '18It’s not about the future. It’s about what’s beyond it. And when it comes to what matters next for supply chains and supply chain management, it’s all about two things: digital, and the people enabling it.

Hundreds of supply chain managers, planners, executives and experts gathered in National Harbor, MD on October 16 for the kickoff of Kinexions ’18, our annual user and training conference, to learn how to digitize, transform and revolutionize their supply chains.

The opening keynote presentations didn’t disappoint.

“We’re well on the journey to digitization,” said Kinaxis CEO John Sicard. A poignant reminder that despite all the hype recently, many of the ‘latest innovations’ people are screaming about have actually been around and available in products like Kinaxis RapidResponse® for years. But despite the differences between us – country, industry, age, gender and role – we’re all asking the same question. What comes next?

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Autonomous car technology and the Self-Healing Supply Chain


autonomous car technology, self-healing supply chain, supply chain automationI recently rented a car featuring steering assist and intelligent cruise control. Now, I’m used to driver assist technologies as my vehicle has blind spot warning and front and rear collision warning, and braking. My wife’s car has a heads-up display as well as steering wheel vibration when you stray onto the lane lines, but when driving this rental, I felt the car was actually steering itself back into the lane when it drifted astray.

Since I wasn’t familiar with this feeling, I was compelled to try several different things to see how the car would respond. If I made the car move to the left side of the lane, would the automatic correction over-steer so that I would drift to the right? Designed as a “hands-on” driver assist system rather than a “self-driving” feature for use in both heavy and flowing traffic situations, the car did self-correct and did so continuously as I experimented with the feature.

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Influential management thinker Adam Grant revealed as Kinexions ’18 featured keynote


Adam Grant

As the calendar turns to October, two things come immediately to mind. Pumpkin spice and Kinexions ’18. While we cannot unequivocally guarantee Kinexions ’18 will be a pumpkin spice free zone (after all, there are venues at the Gaylord Hotel at which one may procure hot, caffeinated, assumingly seasonally themed beverages), we can let you in on the identity of secret keynote speaker we’ve kept under wraps until now — Adam Grant.

You’ll likely recognize Adam.

After all, Adam’s TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 12 million times, and he’s been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and in Fortune’s 40 under 40.

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Free trade agreements and the future of Canada’s Supply Management system


free trade agreement Canada, supply chain management Canada, impact of trade agreements, Canada supply chain management systemWe live in a world of globalization. The geographical and cultural limitations our predecessors had to struggle to access goods and services has virtually gone down to nothing. In a globalized world, international trade agreements that bring many economies together to benefit from each other are essential for survival. In the past, we’ve witnessed tremendous levels of effort by governments and communities to form strong alliances to grow their economies faster and provide the best available goods and services for their people.

Trilateral NAFTA (2.0) negotiations between Canada, Mexico and the USA – which culminated in this week’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – is a perfect case study showing the long-term impact of trade agreements. Years of regulated collaboration between the three North American countries not only helped grow the respective economies faster compared to the rest of the world but also helped all North Americans build mutual trust and commitment.

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Building the foundation of your digital supply chain


Webinar | Building the foundation of your digital supply chainIt’s getting harder and harder to get ahead—and stay ahead—of the constantly shifting realities of today’s interconnected world. Unstable markets, growing customer demands, emerging competition and deep-rooted reliance on outdated, legacy systems are causing chaos and complexity.

Traditional supply chain issues are only getting compounded by all of these new and emerging data sources. Everyone’s turning to digital for the answers. And it’s no wonder when companies with digital supply chains are seeing enterprise-wide results like 25% faster response times, 30% working capital reductions and up to 110% higher operating margins.

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Kinaxis once again positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record


It’s important to be recognized, in life, and in business.

Gartner Magic Quadrant SCP SOR

That’s why we’re particularly excited to share the news of Gartner’s most recent research, the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record. In it, Gartner positions Kinaxis as a Leader for the third consecutive time, providing what we think is some pretty weighty validation for our vision of what a supply chain planning platform should be.

Gartner defines an SCP SOR as a planning platform that “enables a company to create, visualize, manage, link, align, collaborate and share its planning data across a supply chain. The platform encompasses demand plan creation, the supply-side response, and detailed operational and tactical-level planning.”1

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Gamification ideas in business: Your way to a more efficient supply chain


Gamification ideas in business: Your way to a more efficient supply chainSimply put, gamification involves the application of game design elements in a business setting. Gamification uses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators to encourage users to perform at their best, fostering engagement through tactics ranging from simple – such as a progress bar, to those that are more complex – such as loyalty programs and immersive storytelling.

When gamification in business is deployed to the right audience and provides the right motivation, significant engagement follows. Take for example Volkswagen’s 2011 “People’s Car Project” in China for which the aim was to inspire the imagination of its followers by allowing them to design their own cars. Because of this project, vw.com gained 33 million hits and generated 119,000 ideas.

Which is great. But how could gamification be applied to a supply chain?

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