Posts tagged as 'Supply chain visibility'

How Anritsu Achieved End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility – SupplyChainBrain & Kinaxis Video Series


SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference, and while there, they completed a number of video interviews with customers, analysts, and Kinaxis executives. And, we’d like to share them!

In this interview, hear Dave Stenfort, director of operations with Anritsu, speak about how the company achieved visibility of inventory and improved control over critical parts in its manufacturing supply chain. Anritsu provides testing and measurement equipment for research and development, manufacturers, and field and maintenance personnel.

Its top supply-chain priority is responsiveness, says Stenfort. Customers expect short delivery times for their precision equipment. To satisfy them, Anritsu is looking at how it can tighten existing relationships with suppliers. “Typically, material is the constraint,” he says.

Watch now: How Anritsu Achieved End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility:

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The Two Best Supply Chain Metrics…Influence and Power!


Since I’ve joined Kinaxis, I’ve become so intrigued by the parallels I see between Apple and Kinaxis customers.

When I was at Apple, the joy that customers showed when using our products was so inspiring. They were always quick to say how cool something was. Strangely enough, despite being in the enterprise software business, I’ve witnessed similar reactions from Kinaxis customers. In my 11 months here, customers are ecstatic when they talk about having RapidResponse. While I see the strategic benefits of using RapidResponse, it’s certainly not a consumer must-have gadget, like an iPad. Yet, watch some of the Kinaxis videos, and see the passionate ways clients are using to explain what RapidResponse means to them.






During my time here, I’ve been pretty curious about this enthusiasm and have been investigating the why, and now, after our recent Kinexions conference it has become clearer to me. Here’s what I learned when I asked a handful of clients “What do you love about Kinaxis?” The two most common replies were:

  1. “Once RapidResponse went in, it spread like wild-fire.”
  2. “I wish I would have done this years ago.”

So, let’s analyze each statement:
“Once RapidResponse went in, it spread like wild-fire”, to me, means Influence.

Consider first what RapidResponse is: An end-to-end analytics solution, with incredible speed. Speed from in-memory and ONE code. Now, I’ve been around the supply chain block these past 25 years, and the only “ONE” code I’ve seen is …

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Know Sooner. Act Faster. Not just a supply chain software conference theme


We recently held our user conference, Kinexions, in Scottsdale Arizona. Attendees from around the world gathered to learn, laugh, share and connect. The event was kicked off by an address from Kinaxis CEO, Doug Colbeth. And, followed by an inspiring talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing finding your passion: how you need to find what you love to do and then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That was followed by several customer presentations describing how they’ve used RapidResponse to know sooner and act faster. And actually, that was the theme of the show…“Know sooner, act faster”.

If you are a Kinaxis customer, you know what this tagline means. For those who aren’t, this is what we are talking about:

Know sooner: Imagine that you have a supply chain disruption. Your supplier’s line has gone down and they’ve decommitted the next few weeks of orders while they make repairs and get caught up. Imagine you found this out first thing Monday morning. With your current ERP system, how long would it take you to understand what that delay would do to your production schedule? What customer orders would be impacted? What does this do to your weekly, monthly, quarterly revenue targets? Maybe the supply delay really only impacts safety stock and minimally impacts actual customer orders. Perhaps the supply delay impacts millions of dollars of revenue.

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Talent and the 50 Shades of Gray of Supply Chain


I’m a ‘numbers guy’ and tend to gloss over ‘fluffy’ things like talent. Of course I understand and endorse the three-legged stool of People-Process-Technology and the need to keep the stool balanced by developing all the legs. Consequently when the panel on talent was introduced I was only paying partial attention. My bad. You can watch a full replay using this link.

What I found was that the panel was rich is diagnosis and short in insights. There was too much description of the problem and not enough of the solution. The panel did discuss what some firms are doing to recruit, train, and retain talent, but I was looking for that elusive notion of what is talent and how do we nurture it? I am sure there were many line managers in the audience who would have found the panel very useful, and Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights (SCI) has written quite often about the need for T-shaped people, meaning having the ability to see the ‘big’ or end-to-end picture and deep functional capabilities. But I was still struggling with what is talent and what talents are needed in supply chain. More on this later.

The raw numbers are sobering: There are 6 open positions for every recruit and the time it is taking to fill positions is increasing. What I find interesting in this context is how the empty roles have changed over the past 2 years in which SCI has been conducting a talent survey. While there are nuances, the clear message is that it is middle-management where the biggest gaps lie. The biggest change is in the difficulty of finding people to fill an S&OP manager role. To me this is a clear indication of the increased importance of the end-to-end or horizontal capabilities rather than the deep functional capabilities. Soft skills too, but also hard skills such as Finance.

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Truth, Lies, and Statistical Modeling in Supply Chains – Part 3


As discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of the “Truth, Lies, and Statistical Modeling in Supply Chains series, systems rarely exhibit variability that follows a Normal distribution, even though very often we base our inventory policies on the assumption that both demand and supply lead times follow a Normal distribution. In this blog, I […]

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What’s The Coolest Place to Work?


CJ Wehlage recently joined Kinaxis as vice president, high tech solutions. Wehlage joins a senior team of technical and industry experts that are a highly-leveraged resource for the company’s most critical initiatives across the sales, marketing and client services organizations. Wehlage brings over 20 years of industry experience both as a supply chain practitioner and […]

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