A New Season in Fashion augurs a New Era for Visibility

As the year entered its final quarter, I was revisiting some predictions pundits had made for 2019. It’s an interesting exercise I go through every year. Estimating soothsayer accuracy is not the objective. Some predictions will be right, a few wrong and in majority of the cases it will be difficult to say – either … Read More »

Too much Supply Chain Visibility, too little business impact

Even if you live in a cave, chances are you haven’t missed the noise around ‘Supply Chain Visibility.’ The terms are many: “Control Tower”, “Operational Intelligence”, “Situation Room”, “Supply Chain Cockpit”, “Predictive ETA”, and so on. From software vendors to analysts to users, each group has coined its own terminology. Regardless of the title, these … Read More »

Natural Language Interactions: A Leap in Democratizing Analytics

Look up an implementation plan for enterprise software, and “Custom Reports” will show up as a task with significant effort. However, talk to anybody who has gone through these implementations and they will tell you that almost 80% of the custom reports created are hardly used. In fact, most users will not even be aware … Read More »

The Detailed Half Page Document!

Recently I overheard a conversation between two of my colleagues. One was requesting inputs for a task assigned, while the other was protesting that he didn’t have the time to prepare detailed documentation. The term “detailed documentation” appeared to send a shudder down the requestor’s spine. He promptly replied, “Please don’t give me anything lengthy… … Read More »

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 »

Ain’t broken? Just the time to fix it!

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed & direction unless acted on by an external force”.  No, this is not going to be a blog on the Basic Sciences… I mentioned Newton’s first law of motion only to highlight an interesting parallel between … Read More »

The Anatomy of a Real-time Prescriptive Analytics System

In the last post Sanjiv discussed about the 4 types of Analytics and the way Real-time Prescriptive Analytics is helping organizations become operationally agile. But what goes on inside such a prescriptive system? To discuss that, we will leverage the OODA framework developed by military strategist Colonel John Boyd. Though developed for achieving success in … Read More »