Supply Chain Shaman

How Do We Stop Buying Planning Software the Wrong Way?

Supply Chain Shaman

As I sit at my desk answering client calls, spring beckons. I am a gardener, and my dirty plastic clogs sit patiently on the mat by the door, calling me during the workday. This winter—darkened by the cold, cruel hand of COVID-19—was harsh.

Supply Chain Performance Declined In the Last Decade. The Question is Why?

Supply Chain Shaman

When a person suddenly hits or jams their toe, it hurts. It is one of those howling, bent over, moments of pain. A stubbed toe is often accompanied by words that you hope your children don’t hear. Stubbed toes hurt a lot, even when the injury is not severe. The reason?

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My Response to SAP. Bigger, But Not The Answer We Need

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Mine is bigger than yours. Who cares, I say? This week, SAP announced the intention to build business communities to drive improved outcomes. I say, “About time.” ” However, when I get into the substance of the release , “I say not so fast.”

The Hill Supply Chain Leaders Climb

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When you misappropriate something, you steal it, or otherwise use it, in a way its owner didn’t intend. Dictionary.com. Words matter. As I sat and listened to Amanda Gorman’s poetry at Joe Biden’s inauguration, I gasped.

Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.

Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

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Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change. Tom Peters. The idiom, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, symbolizes working on something pointless or insignificant because it will soon be overtaken by events.

Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

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During August, I moved and I spent the weekend painting my new shed with gloppy, wet deck paint. As I methodically pivoted the roller to apply the stain, I made quite a mess. Standing in the hot sun covered in paint was a good time for reflection.

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

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Today, I am reflective. My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. I spent the month of March trying to help business leaders mitigate the impact of the pandemic. My first focus was on China sourcing.

Seven Supply Chain Processes To Stop Doing In The Pandemic

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I remember standing in the temperature screening queue in Doha. As the line wound around multiple stations, my backpack cut into my shoulders. I was tired and cranky as I read the overview of MERS.

Roar Baby Roar

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Lateral thinking is a manner of solving problems using an indirect and creative approach via reasoning that is not immediately obvious. It involves ideas that may not be obtainable using only traditional step-by-step logic. Wikipedia.

Leverage SAP IBP to Drive Planning Transformation

Today, traditional SAP IBP deployments are not enough. You need to assure you are leveraging its maximum potential to truly transform planning. And to reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and advance digitalization to gain competitive advantage.

AI This. If Only.

Supply Chain Shaman

After a dramatic drop at the beginning of the pandemic, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software public valuations are near twice the ten-year average. A consolidation wave continued with 299 Mergers and Acquisitions in 2020.

Now and Then. Stuck in the Now.

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Anne looked at Paul, and asked, “Where are we on Lora’s request?” ” Paul squirmed and gave a non-answer. Jim looked me in the eye, and said, “Lora I missed that meeting, can you explain the concept again?” ” I smiled.

Global Supply Chain Recovery Dependent On A Vaccine

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My left arm hurts. I have been on a waiting list to get the shot for three years. This week, I rolled up my sleeve and got the Shingrix vaccine. Glaxo SmithKline introduced Shingrix in 2017, but shortages prevailed. I paused when the pharmacist asked, “Do you mind which arm gets the shot?”

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History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

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This is a story for the Eds, Franks, and Toms working together in supply chains across the globe. It is also a story for a young supply chain manager attempting to make a difference, but feeling stymied. Sharing My Experience. The year was 1982.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

My Take: How We Screwed Up Sales And Operations Planning

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Fatigue during home video conference meeting call. In my recent work with clients, I have been thinking a lot about S&OP and how we screwed it up. Let me take you back to some research findings that I shared last year for those who might not follow my blog.

A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

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When I started my business in 2012, I frequently wrote about the future using the moniker of Supply Chain 2020. We had just recovered from a recession, and my goal was to help supply chain leaders create a better supply chain by the end of the decade.

Philip Morris Drives Manufacturing Insights Using A Digital Twin

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Supply chains quickly move through fads and buzz words. Over and over again, organizations fall in love with shiny objects moving from concept to concept. Unfortunately, shiny object love fests abound, but they do not drive value. The goal is to transition from fads to drive true innovation.

Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

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As I flew to Dallas, I worked on this post. Before boarding the plane, I watched a traveler pull a diet Coke from the bin and thought about the struggle to source sweetener with the rise of COV-19.

Supply Chain Evolution: Digital Transformation Is the Way Forward

A new study by The Economist shows that 54% of enterprises want to rethink their supply chains. Make them more agile and resilient. How would supply chains evolve from here? And what should supply chain leaders be doing differently? Download the report today!

AI This. Not So Fast.

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Grounded during this pandemic, and unable to interact with clients in person, I try to write 3,000 words a day. Morning after morning, fueled by good black coffee, I type away. I share insights, based on research, for the supply chain leader.

Building Value Networks. Stopping the Backward Slide.

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In the 1980s, I had a flip phone. (On On the left, I share a picture for those that never experienced the evolution of the cellular phone.) The device was limited to voice/calls–no music, no text, and no apps. This device was a portable phone.

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My Failure Of Using Design Thinking To Drive Supply Chain Innovation

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Supply chain management is a team sport. Just as there are many flavors of sports teams, there are many types of supply chains. Success depends on a team pulling together against a common goal. Team play requires clear rule-definition, timekeepers, referees, and coaches.

Pandemic Lessons For Supply Chain Leaders

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The Covid-19 pandemic tested the global supply chain. While prior risk management disruptions occurred and quickly established a new normal, in the COVID-19 pandemic, the only normal is constant change.

A 5-Point Strategy for Digital Procurement Transformation

Today, your entire supply chain must embrace change and accelerate digitalization. When it comes to procurement, focusing on digital transformation now can dramatically reduce costs, improve visibility and insight, and give you a significant competitive advantage.

How Do We Stop Buying Planning Software the Wrong Way?

Supply Chain Shaman

As I sit at my desk answering client calls, spring beckons. I am a gardener, and my dirty plastic clogs sit patiently on the mat by the door, calling me during the workday. This winter—darkened by the cold, cruel hand of COVID-19—was harsh.

Is S&OP Excellence Slip Slidin’ Away?

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At what point does erosion cause the side of a mountain to give way? It is usually the small shifts… over time, there is degradation. And, then suddenly, the mountain gives way collapsing to the land below. S&OP Slip Slidin’ Away.

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AI This. If Only.

Supply Chain Shaman

After a dramatic drop at the beginning of the pandemic, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software public valuations are near twice the ten-year average. A consolidation wave continued with 299 Mergers and Acquisitions in 2020.

Collaboration? When It Comes to Cash-to-Cash, We Don’t Know How to Walk the Talk

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If the word collaboration was listed on a card as a drinking game at supply chain conferences, we would be drunk at many. The word, while bandied about frequently in speeches, is largely meaningless due to overuse and abuse. Here I share perspective on cash-to-cash abuse. While we speak of collaboration, the focus is on driving enterprise results not value in value chains. Today, most processes are a win/lose not win/win. Let me explain.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Say Customer Service and Mean It

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In my work with clients, customers bandy about the term “customer-centric supply chain.” ” I find most of these discussions are loquacious, even bellicose, but not actionable. As a pragmatic gal, they make me itch. I have a passion for clear and direct communication.

Mourning the Death of the Data-Driven Supply Chain Guy

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Joe died Wednesday. As a great supply chain leader and my client for ten years, his energetic spirit always lifted my soul. In 2018, after a severe operation for kidney cancer, Joe declared to me in a positive voice that he was going to beat his diagnosis of stage 4 liver, brain, and lung cancer.

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Supply Chain Leaders Prepare For The Long Haul. Caution: It Will Be Gray.

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When I was six, my mother volunteered me for a new polio vaccine trial. It was risky, but my determined mother took a chance. She believed in science and patted my shoulder reassuringly as I rolled up my sleeve. During my toddler years, polio fear gripped the nation.

Inventory Management: We Can Do Better

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Each day through the COVID-19 pandemic, I tune into Anthony Cuomo’s (governor of New York) daily briefings. It is my break in the day. As a multi-tasker, when Governor Cuomo broadcasts, I use the time to work out on my rowing machine. His opening line is, “Let’s start with facts.

The Business Costs of Supply Chain Disruption

Supply chains have weathered a lot recently: a pandemic, natural disasters, trade wars and more. The Economist and GEP surveyed 400 senior execs to find out their real business impacts. The results? Shocking, but not surprising. Read the report now.