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Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

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Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued. The post Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

The Digital Supply Chain needs to be a Smart Supply Chain

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Most analysts agree supply chains need to go digital. More recently analysts are also talking about the importance of supply chains becoming smart. By that they mean supply chains need to take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to get the most out of collected data.

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The Rise of Blockchain in the Supply Chain

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New technologies vary in how quickly they penetrate the economy. For a long time, blockchain technology was confined to the cryptocurrency arena. Recently, however, blockchain has made rapid inroads into other areas including the supply chain.

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Agriculture, Logistics, and Advance Technologies

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Current projections have the global population surpassing 9 billion people by mid-century. Feeding all those people will be a major challenge and we have very few years available to find answers. There are no silver bullet solutions out there.

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How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Supply Chain Risk Management Highlighted by a Tiny Computer Chip

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As recent events demonstrate, science fiction often turns into science fact. Jason Koebler and Joseph Cox explain, “In the 2015 novel Ghost Fleet , the spark that starts World War III is not a nuclear bomb, but a supply chain hack. In the book — which is based on real-life technology, technical papers, and diplomatic meetings — national security and international relations expert Peter W.

The Internet of Things is Disrupting the Supply Chain

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Disruption is normally anathema in the supply chain. Formally defined as a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event, activity, or process, disruption means a supply chain that was once functioning smoothly is no longer doing so.

Advance Your Business with Advanced Analytics

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The era of Big Data is in full swing. The term “big data” has both its supporters and detractors; but, like it or not, when people hear the term, they understand a massive amount of data is being discussed. Although big data is the sine qua non for the age in which we live, what makes big data valuable are the results obtained from its analysis.

Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

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As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued. The post Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

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We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued. The post Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

Supply Chain Transformation is a Journey not a Destination

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Supply chains have been around since people realized they had things worth trading. As new technologies emerged, supply chains transformed to take advantage of these technologies. As a result, transformation has been and remains an essential characteristic of supply chains. Today’s pace of change is breathtaking. In the manufacturing arena, we are at the beginning of an industrial revolution labeled Industry 4.0 and the supply chain is an essential part of this revolution.

The Internet of Things and Supply Chain Transformation

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Recent reports indicate Internet of Things (IoT) technology adoption is slowing down due to security concerns. As I noted in a previous article, caution is warranted.[1] 1] Concerns about IoT security have been on the rise for years. Back in 2015, Irfan Saif ( @irfansaif ), a principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Cyber Risk Services practice, wrote, “Internet of Things initiatives demand targeted strategies to combat the influx of new cyber risks that will invariably accompany them.”[2]

Supply Chain Risk Hits the Big Time

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For too long, supply chain risk management has been mostly confined within supply chain circles. CEOs and government agencies were more than happy to let a few experts deal with supply chain challenges. Thanks to a rise in cyber attacks, supply chain risk management is receiving attention in all quarters.

Supply Chain Sins, Fallacies, and Mistakes

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Nowadays people are quick to point out the mistakes of others and slow to take responsibility for their own failings. In the supply chain arena, this tendency can have serious economic and reputational consequences. Doug Surrett, Chief Product Strategist for BluJay Solutions, insists, “Companies need to come clean and eliminate common supply chain offenses to deliver the greatest value to their customers.”[1]

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Smart Cities won’t be Smart if They Ignore Logistics

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City planners around the world are wrestling with how to untangle traffic snarls in inner cities. Their goal is to make cities cleaner and more livable. The picture often painted of the smart city of the future is one featuring clean air and uncrowded streets — thanks to convenient mass transit and an increased number of pedestrian malls.

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Silos are Bad for Business

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Today’s business environment requires organizations to integrate and collaborate more effectively. This can be difficult for enterprises operating with structures better suited for the Industrial Age than the Information Age. Among the most deleterious characteristics of Industrial Age enterprises are siloed data and information.

Sailing Easy in an Ocean of Data

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In order to comprehend how large something is, we often compare it to the size of the ocean. For example, one often reads about companies collecting an ocean of big data; and, it’s a fitting comparison. The vastness of the ocean has always enthralled us.

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Can Blockchain Really Make Supply Chains More Transparent and Ethical?

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In decades past, companies could claim ignorance about much of what went on throughout their supply chains; especially, activities involving second- and third-tier suppliers. The Information Age eliminated ignorance as an excuse for most companies. Business executives and the companies they run now risk significant harm to their reputations when poor working conditions, dangerous situations, or other potential scandals are discovered in their supply chains.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Big Data Poised to Play a Big Role in Ensuring Food Security

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“Producing enough food, fiber and fuel for more than 9 billion people by 2050, while conserving natural resources is a … Continued. The post Big Data Poised to Play a Big Role in Ensuring Food Security appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

The Smart Digital Supply Chain

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Numerous articles have been written about the importance and benefits of digital supply chains. Analysts from PLS Logistics note, “A digital supply chain is similar to a typical supply chain, but the foundation is built on web-enabled abilities. Many supply chains use a combination of paper-based and IT-enabled processes.

A Call to Arms for the Supply Chain Revolution

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One of our mottos at Enterra Solutions® is “Revolution not Evolution.” ” Bill DuBois, Director of Marketing Content at Kinaxis, appears … Continued. The post A Call to Arms for the Supply Chain Revolution appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Is Sales and Operations Planning a Digital Age Process?

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According to Niels van Hove ( @sctrends ), the term Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) was coined back in 1987. Back then mobile phones looked like bricks, IBM was introducing its Personal System/2 desktop PC, the Simpsons were introduced to television, and Ronald Reagan was urging Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. As van Hove notes, “The times since Sales & Operations planning (S&OP) was born in 1987 as a solution for operational issues are long gone.”[1]

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Are Blockchain and IoT ready for Prime Time?

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Over the past couple of years, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) have been two of the most hyped technologies in business circles. Both technologies, however, remain in the early stages of development. Despite all the chatter about blockchain, “Only one per cent of chief information officers report any kind of blockchain adoption within their organizations, according to Gartner’s 2018 survey.”[1]

How Far Off is a Universal Quantum Computer?

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Nearly every week scientists announce another breakthrough they claim takes us a step closer to developing a truly universal quantum computer. Elliot M. Kass notes, “Quantum computing theory has been around since the late 1970s, and a commercial system has been available for a decade. But persistent technical problems have impeded the widespread adoption of this potent new approach to data processing.”[1]

Omnichannel is all about the Customer

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We all know the World Wide Web introduced customers to a new way of shopping. The rise of e-commerce has played havoc with traditional brick-and-mortar stores — which all struggle to counter the so-called “Amazon Effect.”

Announcing Enterra Solutions 2nd Annual Cognitive Computing Summit

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You are invited to join Enterra Solutions® for in-depth conversations on the rise of the Intelligent Enterprise with a focus on Supply Chain Optimization. Cognitive Computing, defined by Enterra as Artificial Intelligence in the form of Semantic Reasoning + Sophisticated Mathematics, addresses the complex, multi-faceted problems faced by leading organizations today by creating an autonomous decision sciences platform that enables game changing applications.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Omnichannel Fulfillment and the Amazon Effect

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Many analysts assert the rise of e-commerce and the emergence of Amazon as an online retailer created the so-called “Amazon Effect” and set the stage for the Retail Apocalypse. Lin Grosman, Director of Communications and PR at GoDataFeed, observes, “The Amazon effect has dramatically changed the way we shop since the company debuted in 1994. This term describes the effect that the entire digital marketplace has had on traditional forms of commerce, like brick-and-mortar retail.

Additive Manufacturing continues to Mature

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For nearly a decade, pundits have been touting the transformative effects of additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). Four years ago Matthew Timms wrote, “Cited by some as ‘the next industrial revolution’, 3D printing is slowly reshaping the traditional supply chain, and could conceivably be the single most disruptive breakthrough since progressive assembly.”[1]

Making Manufacturing Fun for Future Generations of Workers

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Most people have heard the term Industry 4.0 which refers to the next industrial revolution. The revolution is being triggered by technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). Industry 4.0 is predicted to make manufacturing more efficient and effective and to eliminate many manufacturing jobs.

Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task

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There is a general consensus among analysts that businesses organized around industrial age principles need to transform into digital enterprises … Continued. The post Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.