Posts by Meranda Powers

[On-demand webinar] From siloed to synchronized: The rise of the network planner

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The rise of the network plannerTwo years ago we wondered whether supply chain planners might one day be called network planners:

“Much like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), there is still a lot of hype about the network planner. Will it be something that we evolve to as part of supply chain transformations, or will it be out of necessity and a need to manage the new supply chain planning landscape?”

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[On-Demand Webinar] Architecting Intelligent Supply Chains

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On-Demand Webinar | Architecting Intelligent Supply ChainsIf you’re reading this, it’s highly likely you’re living the supply chain life. And if you’re living the supply chain life, it’s likely that you have come to the same realization we have – that operating a supply chain ‘as usual’ isn’t cutting it anymore.

That’s because business as usual simply isn’t as usual as it used to be. With constant global volatility impacting the sourcing and delivery of product to your customers, something has got to give. Supply chains have to evolve to something better, to something different – into more intelligent supply chains. Find out how in this on-demand webinar.

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Revolutionize Your Planning with SCP 4.0

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Supply Chain PlanningLet’s face it. Current supply chain planning systems have plateaued. They’re not fast enough or agile enough to keep pace with today’s rapidly shifting digital landscape. Companies are struggling, unable to get ahead of increasing complexity and mounting risks.

But how did we get here? The truth is, we’ve been here for decades. We’re still using processes and capabilities developed in the 1960s, based on Materials Requirements Planning (MRP), MRP II and more recently advanced planning systems (APS). Excel hell is still common place – companies filling the gaps of their supply chain systems with workbook after workbook.

Yes, we’ve added optimization capabilities as technology advanced, enabling ever-more complex models. But those early processes remain in use. When it comes to supply chains, the times, they aren’t a changing.

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Seeing is Achieving When it Comes to Supply Chain Visibility

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2016-02-18_10-23-03Supply chain visibility has become a pretty well used term in the industry lately, almost obtaining buzzword status. On the plus side, this means there is lots of information out there for those seeking it. On the down side, some of that information is providing a very narrow view of what supply chain visibility is. For example, some think visibility is simply a track-and-trace of data, materials or final products, that it’s focused on a single tier of your supply chain, or that it’s limited to just ‘seeing the data’. True supply chain visibility – the kind that helps supply chain teams address some of today’s biggest business challenges (namely, the impact of increasing supply chain complexity and rising supply chain management costs) – is so much broader than that.

On its own, supply chain visibility won’t yield effective supply chain orchestration. Instead we need to think of it as the foundation that enables key supply chain capabilities. It is the prerequisite for making both the supply chain and the business more agile, resilient and competitive. It empowers supply chain teams with the ability to mitigate risks, identify and understand the impact of disruptive events, and respond quickly.

Take a look at this supply chain visibility infographic we’ve created and let us know what resonates with you.

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The Rewards of Supply Chain Transformation: Avaya’s Journey

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A butterfly emerging from a cocoon representing supply chain transformationChange, even under the most ideal circumstances, is difficult. Think about how hard it is (or was!) to stick to that New Year’s resolution you made to eat better, get to the gym more often or find a better work/life balance. It seems like the daily grind always gets in the way, distracting us from our best intentions. (That’s always been my experience any way. So much so, that I gave up on even making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago!)

Now imagine you’re a $4B a year revenue company with 13,000 employees and over 15 corporate acquisitions since 2001. This was Avaya’s reality around 2010. Change in that scenario could seem almost impossible. But they managed to not just change, but actually transform their supply chain organization in just four years. How they managed to do that is what resonated with me the most when I read this new case study released by Aberdeen Group.

Now, I will admit, change and I don’t have the best track record. I’d say that at least 2-3 times per week, I have a ‘change-the-world’ (or at least ‘change-my-world’) idea. But I never seem to be able to turn that into reality. The idea always seems too large, too overwhelming to achieve. But after hearing Avaya’s story, I realized I’ve been going about it all wrong.

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Supply Chain Risks: Big or Small, Plan For Them All

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Supply Chain Risk I suspect that few folks in the supply chain management world would argue with the fact that supply chain management is risky business.

The reality is that risk comes in many forms (including anticipated risk, uncontrollable risk and unanticipated risk). It’s constantly changing. And the amount of risk being faced by supply chain professionals has been on the rise for the past 20 years.

When we talk risk, we’re not just talking about headline-making tsunamis, floods and earthquakes. We’re talking everyday risks as well. (Some might even argue that risk in daily business activities and decision making can be just as, if not more, impactful than exceptional risk events.) Ensuring success in ‘normal’ operating conditions and when faced with catastrophic supply chain disruptions is why developing risk management strategies should be a top priority.

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