Gartner on Visibility for Supply Chain Planning and Collaboration

Since the advent of BI, organizations of all sizes have pushed to broaden their spectrum of analytical insights.  Of course, a key motivator for this effort was to improve operational efficiency. In many organizations, these efforts did not deliver to the management’s expectation. The root causes for the failure in most cases are information latency … Read More »

Stale Data – Is the tale getting stale?

  Manager: That shipment is still here? We had agreed to expedite! Team member: It went out at 5:00 AM today. The warehouse confirmed over the phone. It won’t be there in your report but should show up when you download tomorrow. Sounds familiar? It will be to anyone who monitors business on an hourly … Read More »

Many Millions are lost – all for want of a nail

  Last weekend our neighbors left their 4-year old son with us since both of them had something urgent at work.  He came with his big bag of Lego blocks and assiduously started off on his next big project the moment he walked in. Throughout the day he would build, dismantle and build again. In … Read More »

IoT with Real-time Intelligence – Mid-Market’s Colt for Operational Execution?

For most of us words like big data, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and real-time analytics conjure up images of innovative companies and new business models.  Whether it is Uber matching taxis to riders, eBay helping sellers set optimal initial bids, NYPD determining gunshot locations, NEST reducing energy use, or airlines applying dynamic pricing, the common denominator is … Read More »

When Supply Chain Managers turn Hansel & Gretel…

As kids many of us read the fairytale of Hansel & Gretel being abandoned in the forest by their step-mother, and how they dropped stones and breadcrumbs to leave a trail to get back home. With increasing incidents of product recall, and regulations like FSMA and DSCSA, many supply chain managers frequently find themselves in … Read More »