Posts categorized as 'Supply Chain Events'

Takeaways from the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Dr. MadhavDurbha

Dana Stiffler - Gartner Supply Chain Executive ConferenceSupply chain insights from leading industry experts

Supply chain skills in high demand, digital twins, disruptive technologies, and other takeaways from the 2018 Gartner supply chain conference

I just returned from the highly engaging and inspiring Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. With more than 2200 supply chain professionals in attendance, the event had a very good representation across practitioners, technology providers, and consultants.

Here are some key takeaways from the Gartner supply chain event:

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Taking a Self-Healing Supply Chain Stance on day one at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

MikeMcAllister

The Self-Healing Supply Chain Register. Meet. Greet. That’s always a solid day one at any conference.

If you’re lucky (and not too jet lagged), you’ll sneak in an early session or two, and you might even find time for cocktail that evening.

To add a bit of extra zing to day one at this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, AZ, Kinaxis announced the launch of the Self-Healing Supply Chain™ to improve supply chain performance and keep it operating in top health, automatically closing the gap between design and actual results.

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Kinexions ’18: A supply chain event that always delivers more

TeresaChiykowski

Kinexions18“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin

Well said, Mr. Darwin. As the world changes around us, so must the supply chain. That’s why we invite RapidResponse users to join us from October 14-17, 2018 for Kinexions ’18 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

With a focus on supply chain digitization, transformation and revolution, Kinexions promises to be the premier event for the RapidResponse user community, including customers, partners and prospects.

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Patient-centric networks at the heart of pharmaceutical supply chain management: Lessons from LogiPharma Europe 2018

Dr. MadhavDurbha

LogiPharma 18

In early April I attended the LogiPharma Europe 2018 conference in Montreux, Switzerland, an event that attracted more than 800 attendees, including practitioners and executives from pharma and medical device industries, along with software vendors and many service providers.

Here are some key takeaways from a content-rich, fun and exciting pharma supply chain conference.

1. Patient-centric networks are reshaping pharma supply chains

In a thought provoking presentation, Philippe Francois, global head of supply chain for Novartis, observed that while pharma companies have been talking about patient centricity for years, a typical pharma supply chain links the Active Pharma Ingredient (API) to manufacturing, distribution, retail/pharmacy, and finally to patient—with the patient always at the end of the chain!

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2018: The Winter Olympics, a royal wedding, space exploration and, of course, big supply chain planning events

TeresaChiykowski

2018 eventsAs we bid farewell to 2017 and usher in a new year, what can we expect to see in 2018?

As per usual, folks will flock to the gym in record numbers to burn off those extra holiday pounds and then, all too soon, workouts will become a distant memory (These are “January people” according to an article in the Huffington Post).  I know this to be fact because I am a January people.

This year will also see athletes from around the globe gather in Pyeongchang, South Korea to go for gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Royals” fans will be glued to their TVs and personal devices to watch Prince Harry wed actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in England. In November, space travel enthusiasts will follow the launch of NASA’s InSight as it embarks on a journey to the “Red Planet” – Mars.

But wait, there’s more.

When it comes to big events in 2018, let’s not forget about the world of supply chain planning. There are some cool events in 2018 you might want to check out. Here are just a few at a glance.

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[Webinar] How to get started with artificial intelligence in your supply chain planning

AlexaCheater

A pragmatic approach to getting started with artificial intelligence in supply chain planningReal, practical steps you can take today to start implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in your supply chain planning

Stop struggling and start implementing! Join us on Tuesday, November 28 at 2pm ET to learn directly from companies like Merck and Schneider Electric in our latest webinar, A pragmatic approach to getting started with artificial intelligence in supply chain planning.

Find out how these companies overcame barriers and put their latest AI and ML innovations into action. Hosted by SupplyChainBrain’s Senior Editor Robert Bowman, our expert panelists include:

  • Brian Tessier, VP Global Supply Chain, Schneider Electric
  • Paul Cocuzzo, Senior Director ERP Program Integration and Operation, Merck
  • Trevor Miles, Thought Leader, Kinaxis

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Reflections on Kinexions, through a fresh set of eyes

MikeMcAllister

Kinexions - Kinaxis“Hi, my name is Mike. I’m the new Influencer Relations Manager here at Kinaxis.”

That’s the line I delivered dozens of times over the span of two and a half days to customers, analysts, and co-workers alike at Kinexions ‘17 in Orlando, to which one reply came, “What exactly does an Influencer Manager do?” I was about to find out.

To provide a bit of context, I started at Kinaxis just one week prior to Kinexions. Just. One. Week. Though that may sound somewhat ominous, the expectations on my attendance and participation were reasonable, and quelled any concern over having to understand the industry right out of the gate.

The mandate was simple: to meet as many people as possible, analysts, customers, and co-workers included. And listen. Listen to the language of the industry and absorb as much as I could in a short amount of time.

The opportunity to dive in to all things Kinaxis right out of the gate proved invaluable. I quickly discovered that in many ways supply chain management was something to which I could easily relate. Something that was both immediately accessible yet infinitely complex.

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AI, ML aren’t magic pixie dust, and other supply chain insights from Kinexions day one

AlexaCheater

From catching up with the very first Kinaxis customer to exploring the future of supply chain, day one of Kinexions, our annual user and training supply chain conference, proved to be an out-of-this-world learning experience, aptly set to a soundtrack of songs by ‘80s rock group Journey.

And what a journey day one at Kinexions has been. Here are just a few of the great insights coming from the conference:

AI - Kinaxis Kinexions“Artificial intelligence and machine learning aren’t magical pixie dust.”
John Sicard, CEO, Kinaxis

As Kinaxis CEO John Sicard put it, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) aren’t magic, but they can help you create a little in your supply chain. Sicard talked about the notion of a self healing supply chain, one based on machine learning algorithms, which can help you:

  • Detect deviations
  • Analyze and make intelligent predictions on what your values should be
  • Heal itself automatically
  • Monitor performance improvement and value over time

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