Artificial Intelligence – sifting through the hype and the promise for forecasting

PollyMitchell Guthrie

Today I sat through a full day of talks at the International Institute of Forecasters Foresight Practitioner Conference, which was focused on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence—The Hype and the Promise for Forecasting and Planning.” There was lots of skepticism (and humor) about the hype, along with some use cases of promising results.

Different speakers attempted to define artificial intelligence (AI), with most citing machine learning as a subset of AI. I see very little true AI yet implemented, so I prefer to use the term machine learning, but for the purpose of this post I’ll refer to it as AI/ML.

Read the full story

Five signs its time for supply chain transformation


Watch "Real stories of supply chain transformation"

In spring, the flowers bloom. In fall, the leaves change. Some transformations follow a convention, but in supply chain that’s rarely the case. How do you know when it’s time for a shift? This was the question Kinaxis CEO John Sicard posed to three panelists at a Gartner conference earlier this year.

Leaders from Bose, Boston Scientific and ON Semiconductor shared key lessons from their supply chain transformations, including what led them to consider change. Check out the video and read their comments below. If these stories sound familiar, it might be time for your supply chain to change too…

Read the full story

Event recap: Inaugural Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit a mile high hit


Kinaxis CMO Jay Muelhoefer on stage with Gerry Hanrahan of Extreme Networks at the inaugural Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit in Denver, CO.
In November 2019, the inaugural Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit took place in the mile high city, Denver, CO.

This article is a summary of the event and how it fits into the Gartner supply chain event portfolio. I hope it will help you decide which events to attend in 2020 and beyond. [Disclosure – Kinaxis was a premier sponsor of the event.]

My overall recommendation is the event is good for mid-level supply chain planning professionals looking for a broad information overview. The top benefit is the networking across peers to build relationships beyond the event.

Read the full story

Concurrent planning, technically speaking


Concurrent planning, technically speaking

Pause for a moment to think about what the world’s supply chains are tasked with on a daily basis and how much they achieve. It’s staggering. Now factor in the platforms, processes, and procedures upon which many of the world’s critical supply chains are built and it quickly becomes clear that the day will come that they can no longer keep up.

With political landscapes shifting at the speed of social media, changes to global trade policies introduced on a daily basis, and a general increase in demand from consumers looking to customize and personalize every buying experience, the time has come for the world’s supply chains to evolve.

Read the full story

Expanded RapidResponse capabilities are here!


Expanded RapidResponse capabilities are here!Ask more of your planning platform. Kinaxis® has expanded its RapidResponse® platform. Now you can leverage the power of the world’s only concurrent planning platform to create custom planning applications, and extend the functionality of any planning application (custom or existing) running on RapidResponse with the ability to build your own embedded algorithms or connect external ones.

Developing apps and algorithms is quick and affordable because you’re not starting from scratch. Development happens on top of the solid foundations of a trusted and secure platform boosted by decades of productized supply chain expertise. Tap into our patented database technology, best-in-class speed, scalability and synchronization across the supply chain network.

Read the full story

We’re going live at the Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit in Denver

DanielleMcNeil Taylor

Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit from Nov. 4-5This week our team lands in Denver to participate in the first Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit from Nov. 4-5. The goal of the Summit is to provide actionable insights and strategic guidance on how companies can improve planning agility to balance customers’ expectations and business goals.

Our team is excited to be part of this inaugural event to showcase our latest innovations that combine the power of human and machine intelligence to drive more supply chain visibility and help customers make confident business decisions in time to make a difference.

Read the full story

Nucleus Research positions Kinaxis in Leaders’ quadrant of Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2019

DanielleMcNeil Taylor

Nucleus Research Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2019Nucleus Research just released its Control Tower Technology Value Matrix for 2019, a report that assesses the state of the control tower market and provides an overview of 12 vendors based on a combination of functionality and usability.

Nucleus Research cites the ability of our machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to review historical performance data and provide a larger contextual picture when exceptions in the supply chain network arise as key capabilities when ranking technology solutions in its 2019 Control Tower Technology Value Matrix.

Read the full story

Managing demand, tariffs and sustainability: Top three automotive industry takeaways from Kinexions ‘19


Kinexions '19 main stage

Recently, over 500 supply chain professionals descended upon Orlando, Florida for a few days of awesome sessions, training courses and networking. It was Kinexions ‘19! Being a fairly new member of Kinaxis, this was my first Kinexions and I was excited to see what it was all about. With attendees from all over the world and across multiple industries, the type of discussions underway were diverse. It was great to hear so much buzz around the automotive industry and how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers alike leverage Kinaxis technology to “Win the Moment!” Here are my top three auto industry takeaways.

1. It’s time to get a handle on your demand

Demand accuracy is a challenge most any supply chain professional laments over. In the automotive industry, it’s incredibly difficult to wrap your arms around it, especially with new considerations like more vehicle personalization and a shortened product life cycle entering the fray…

Read the full story