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Recently, I was asked to write an email with a FOMO theme. Admittedly I had no clue what this meant (maybe it’s an age thing?). Then my mind wandered to the gutter because it starts with the letter “F.” Then I asked Mr. Google who never lets me down – and he didn’t.
FOMO is short form for “Fear of missing out.” It’s really the fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great. Well, speaking of events and something great, that’s exactly what Kinexions ’17 promises to be. Hey, on that note, check out this little snippet!
If you read my last blog post, you know that Kinexions is the premier supply chain conference event for our RapidResponse® user community. It’s two jam-packed days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners. This year, Kinexions takes place Oct. 10 and 11 in Orlando, Fla. And, thankfully, it’s all systems go – despite Irma’s recent visit.
It’s hard to believe that Kinexions ‘17 is only a few weeks away. Time flies – just like astronaut Chris Hadfield, who will be joining us as our keynote speaker on the Kinexions mainstage in Orlando this year.
For those of you who missed my last blog post, Kinexions is the premier annual event for our RapidResponse® user community, including customers and prospects. The supply chain conference offers two full days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners.
Last post, I touched on the top five reasons to attend the conference:
Supply chain stories that inspire
Out-of-this-world keynote speakers
Fun, exercise and a touch of Supertramp
More opportunities for RapidResponse learning
Today, I’d like to dig a little deeper into reason #1: supply chain stories that inspire.
“Focus on the journey, not on arriving at a certain destination.” Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
It’s all systems go for Kinexions ’17, which will take place Oct. 9 – 13, 2017, in Florida at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. With a theme of Where are you on your supply chain planning journey?, this year’s Kinexions promises to be bigger and better than ever.
If you don’t know what Kinexions is, let me fill you in.
Kinexions is the premier annual event for our RapidResponse® user community, including our customers and partners. Offering two full days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners, Kinexions ’17 will offer something for everyone – regardless of where they are on their supply chain journey.
Now, for the top 5 reasons to attend Kinexions ’17…
Future supply chain leaders will look back at 2016 as the end of an era. Spurred by unprecedented disruption, volatility and technology evolution, leading organizations are abandoning outdated, overly rigid supply chain planning processes and moving towards the future of planning: concurrency.
Kinaxis hosted Kinexions Tokyo 2016 customer user conference event at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo. It was a stupendously successful event with many customers, prospects, and partners in attendance. The day kicked off with some very interesting and engaging presentations by Deloitte, Roland DG, Mitsubishi, and a Kinaxis keynote delivered by me. Here are some common themes based on the presentations and the conversations I had with the event attendees:
Organizations are looking to digital supply chains as a differentiator. With increased complexity and volatility in global supply chains, the ability to respond quickly to supply chain disruptions is becoming very critical. However, such transformation is not a big bang switch, but is a journey. Both Roland DG and Mitsubishi shared their experiences and their journey towards faster decision-making.
Companies are looking to significantly revamp their supply chain planning processes. This is due to increased realization that the current batch oriented planning processes are limiting their ability to run scenarios in real time and collaborate based on them.
Well, we’re back from another successful Kinexions. Everyone at Kinaxis is still catching their breath and singing Eagles tunes.
There were so many highlights this year’s supply chain conference, it was difficult to get this into a top 10 list, but we did it.
Can you believe my one and only supply chain joke didn’t make the list? You know the one, “What do you get when you play a country song about supply chain backwards? You get your revenue back, your margins back, your customers back…”
Anyway, from the Late Late Supply Chain Show, here are our Top 10 Kinexions ’16 highlights.
10. Kevin O’Marah. As our day 1 keynote, Kevin did a great job kicking off the conference with his talk on the future of supply chain.
Often, we’re so caught up on our day-to-day activities we don’t think about the mega trends that can affect supply chain. As one person summed it up, “It’s so important to think about what is coming 5/10/20+ years from now. I don’t get that chance too often.”
9. Mainstage Presentations. I may be cheating on this one, but it was too hard to pick just one. Presentations from Ford, Keysight, Roland and Xilinx were all described as “informative and insightful.”
Product roadmap conversations are always popular, and the encore of “The Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with RapidResponse” was a real showstopper. There was also the Maintaining Momentum panel that showcased another four customers.
“The future is about this connected enterprise with people working together.”
– Trevor Miles, VP of Thought Leadership at Kinaxis
The first day of Kinexions 2016 introduced the revolution of the supply chain. There’s no stopping the speed at which supply chains are running today, which means businesses have to integrate technology, processes, and people in order to successfully manage their supply chain and mitigate risks that arise.
So how do we actually implement integrated supply chain solutions?
That’s where Day 2 of Kinexions came in, with sessions and discussions focused on how businesses today are actually leveraging technology and transforming their internal infrastructures for more efficient end-to-end supply chain planning. Based on learnings from the second and final day of Kinexions, here’s how to actually implement digitization and take your supply chain to the next level.
Leverage IoT and AI in Business Strategy
In his session, Zoltan Pekar explained that while Roland DG Corporation had been at the forefront of digital technology and computing, there was now a need to integrate thanks to the rise of IoT and AI – the “4th Industrial Revolution”. In order to do this, Roland DG needed both the right technology and processes in place. With RapidResponse, Pekar and his team were able to set the foundation of their integrated strategy, becoming more data-driven, agile, and responsive. They then created a new corporate culture and management system, embracing digitization, collaboration, and customer centricity. By integrating new technology and strategy, Roland DG has been able to break down siloes and connect its entire value chain.
How do you start a supply chain revolution in Nashville? With some toe-tapping music from the Late Late Supply Chain Show band and rockin’ guitar playing from Kinaxis Director of Marketing Content, Bill DuBois, of course!
After an electric and entertaining opener, it was time to get down to business. From opening remarks from John Sicard, president and CEO of Kinaxis, to presentations from SCM World, Ford, and Keysight Technologies, the core theme was this revolutionizing of the supply chain where integration of technology and human involvement are paramount. Let’s take a deeper dive into Day 1 of the Kinexions supply chain conference:
Supply Chain Planning Components are Better Together than Apart
“Humans have to be involved, they have to be empowered.”
In supply chain planning, there are a lot of individual processes – capacity planning, demand planning, inventory management, etc. As Sicard put it, each individual process in supply chain planning is like a link in a chain. Each link serves a purpose and is necessary for making the supply chain function. However, supply chains have focused on these “links” one at a time and in siloes, rather than integrating them. According to Sicard, all parts of the supply chain must be interconnected, with human involvement and empowerment at the forefront. As the supply chain continues to speed up and evolve, anyone should be able to simulate anything they want at any time for faster and more strategic decision making and maintenance of the supply chain.