Supply Chain Optimization

November 30, 2011

Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, writes, "Before companies can apply state-of-the-art technology to that crucial exercise [of optimizing … Continued

Liability and Risks in Cloud Computing

November 29, 2011

In a post entitled Business Heads for the Clouds, I briefly touched on the subject of liability and promised to … Continued

Supply Chain Resiliency Still an Issue

November 28, 2011

The Business Continuity Institute, a UK-based organization that was established "to promote the art and science of business continuity management … Continued

Learning to Innovate

November 25, 2011

Zoe McKay writes, "Some people are born innovators. Others can become innovators, providing they follow some simple guidelines. That's the … Continued

Thanksgiving 2011

November 24, 2011

Today is the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the United States. Like the past several years, it finds many people in … Continued

Uncertainty, Confidence, and Catch-22 in the Supply Chain

November 23, 2011

Daniel Dumke writes, “For several years now researchers [have] predicted, that in the future supply chains [will] compete, not companies.” … Continued

The “Big Data” Dialogues, Part 9: Physical Security

November 22, 2011

One might think that discussions about “big data” would start and end in cyberspace. The fact of the matter is … Continued

Local Sourcing Gaining Ground

November 21, 2011

Last fall, IBM announced that it had partnered with six other companies (AT&T, Caterpillar, Bank of America, Citigroup, Pfizer, and … Continued

Big Business: Good or Bad?

November 18, 2011

I recently read two articles that express very different opinions about big business. The first article, written by entrepreneur and … Continued

The “Big Data” Dialogues, Part 8: Cybersecurity

November 17, 2011

Joseph King, Group Vice President, JDA Managed Services, writes, "Before your business makes the leap into cloud computing, or increases … Continued

Innovation and Corporate Culture

November 16, 2011

Annually, Booz & Company analysts issue a report about corporate innovation. This year’s study focuses on corporate culture. [“The Global … Continued

Social Media and the Supply Chain

November 15, 2011

Today you'll notice that there is a new name, look, and feel to the blog. The change was made to … Continued

Supply Chain Complexity

November 14, 2011

The Financial Times recently asked three commentators, including good friend, Lora Cecere, to answer the question: "Do complex supply chains … Continued

To Innovate the U.S. Must Manufacture

November 11, 2011

The twentieth century was almost universally recognized as the American century. There were numerous reasons for that; but, high among … Continued

Business Heads for the Clouds

November 10, 2011

Rolfe Winkler writes, "After burying its head in the sand, Oracle is finally looking skyward. Better late than never for … Continued

The Growing Importance of Supply Chain Analytics

November 9, 2011

Dawn Mathew Varghese, a Senior Consultant at Infosys, writes, "Supply Chain Analytics is a very hot topic today and has … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Era of Big Data

November 8, 2011

Despite initial reports that Apple had disappointed everyone by introducing the iPhone 4S instead of the much-rumored iPhone 5, the … Continued

Regional, Local, and Sustainable Sourcing

November 7, 2011

Steve Hall, Deputy Editor of Procurement Leaders Magazine, provocatively writes, “Collaboration is, for some, mostly pointless – we’ve all got … Continued

The “Big Data” Dialogues, Part 7

November 4, 2011

In yesterday's post, one of the things I discussed was a study written by McKinsey consultants Brad Brown, Michael Chui, … Continued

The “Big Data” Dialogues, Part 6

November 3, 2011

Steve Lohr, technology columnist for the New York Times, writes: "The quest to find decision-making insights in the modern data … Continued

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility: It’s no VUCA-tion for Supply Chain Professionals

November 2, 2011

In a survey conducted by ChainLink Research, pollsters "found that the vast majority of respondents (nearly 80%) do not manage … Continued

The Missing Part is Always the Most Important Part

November 1, 2011

I read with interest a short case study about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner [“Case study: Boeing’s Dreamliner,” by Ravi Anupindi, … Continued