Real Time Operational Intelligence for Apparel, Footwear and Retail Companies

  Apparel, Footwear and Retail Companies execute in the backdrop of a fragmented supply chain, volatile demand patterns, and shifts to shorter product cycles. These trends together with traditional operational challenges of SKU combinations (style-color-size), and customer specific shipping requirements have made day to day operations incredibly cumbersome. Complex, time sensitive business decisions are still … Read More »

When Moore’s Growth isn’t Enough…

Over the last 2-3 years, a lot has been written about data growing faster than hardware capabilities. Computing power has largely progressed along what Gordon Moore had predicted half a century back, and that was enough to handle the increase in data volumes. But, with the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) that has changed. … Read More »

Simplification – Beyond user experience

    Last Friday’s Wall Street Journal’s Supply Chain bulletin talks about the likelihood of apps becoming a replacement for freight brokers.  The app could automate the process of looking for the best trucking deal through load-boards and freight brokers. This was yet another example of simplification I had run into in recent days. Suddenly … Read More »

Meet our Product Experts and Customers at SAP SAPPHIRENOW 2015.

  ANOTHER GREAT EVENT – SAPPHIRENOW 2015!! We are excited to be at SAPPHIRENOW and ASUG again this year! We have great activities and product presentation sessions planned. In addition, we are celebrating the success of being selected as a finalist in at least two different categories for the SAP HANA Innovation Awards 2015. When: … Read More »

Operational Intelligence in 2015 – An Idea whose time has come!

It was one of the last evenings of February 2015 and I was catching up with two of my buddies over beer. We spent the better part of the evening talking about old times. But given our association with technology, the conversation inevitably veered to what 2015 has in stock for the industry. I reaffirmed … Read More »

Port Congestion and Container Prioritization

In recent times, Port Gridlocks have become a common issue in the country. There has been significant disruptions over the past months. See “Retailers’ frustration with West Coast gridlock hits the boiling point”. The Pacific Maritime Association, is still in contract talks and negotiation with International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Such negotiations have reduced the … Read More »

Bulk Orders and the Bulkier Genie

Few weeks back, Sanjiv & I were at a meeting with a major apparel brand manufacturer to present OpsVeda solutions to their team. The operations team suggested we pick an issue that couldn’t be resolved earlier, and explain how OpsVeda will make a difference in the process. One of the experienced operations’ team member suggested … Read More »

Validations vs. Exceptions

What is the difference between validations done in transaction systems and the exceptions handled in OpsVeda? This is a most frequently asked question from customers in every introductory meeting. So, I thought it might be useful to do a post that elucidates the difference. Validations are inspections/“checks” that are done to ensure whether the transactions are … Read More »

Information abundance and Context deficit

During World War II, in the days prior to the battle of Midway American cryptanalysts had cracked the Japanese JN-25 code. This enabled the US Navy to get a clear idea of Japanese battle plans… barring one important detail – they didn’t know where the Japanese planned to attack. All the Japanese communication used the … Read More »

The Many Eggs of Columbus

Many of us have heard the story of Christopher Columbus being challenged by nobles at a banquet about the greatness of his discovery. They argued that if it was not for him some other Spaniard would anyway have discovered America (confused for East Asia at that time). Columbus responded by challenging his critics to make … Read More »