How to Use Intelligent Business Operations to Create Business Advantage
By Kinaxis (featuring Gartner Research)
This paper presents a supply chain context to the concept of Intelligent Business Operations (IBO), and describes both the process transformation opportunities that can be achieved and the supporting technology capabilities required.
In-memory Databases, Industry Know-how, and Usability:
What Really Matters in Supply Chain Planning
By Joshua Greenbaum, Enterprise Applications Consulting
The current market attention around in-memory database technology is focused on the possibility that this technology is poised to disrupt key processes in the enterprise by supporting the analysis of unheard-of amounts of data at millisecond speeds. But is in-memory database technology merely one of many enabling technologies that provide a platform for innovation, as opposed to being the innovation itself? This paper covers the results of research into this question and comes to a very interesting conclusion.
An Integrated Approach to Project Management
Modeling projects and the supply chain together in one environment
This paper describes an integrated approach to project management, which enables an organization to:
- model all their projects and their entire supply chain together in one environment;
- model the payment terms, penalty and bonus clauses of a contract to fully reflect the impact a project schedule will have on expected cash-flow;
- perform 'what-if' simulation to enable project planners and sponsors to understand the implications of various project planning scenarios under consideration (such as allocating more resources to one project versus another or mitigating the impact of a supply disruption).
Supply Chain Risk Management: Knowing the Risks — Mitigating and Responding for Success
The last few years have seen significant events around the world that have only heightened the awareness of how detrimental risk can be to the business. This has caused supply chain risk management to become front and center in organizations' minds. But the question is… are we looking at risk in the right way?
An Integrated Approach to Global Capacity Management for Automotive Manufacturers
Global capacity planning and constraint management have become critical business competencies and the implications of not doing them well can be harsh.
Globalization of the supply chain, constrained supply and uneven demand necessitate that global automotive manufacturers align capacity with projected demand on a global basis.
Unfortunately for most automotive manufacturers, their processes and systems aren't able to meet this challenge. Their supply chain continues to get more complex, but is currently planned and managed by disparate regional systems. These silos of information make it impossible to plan and manage their global supply chain dynamically in response to updated demand forecasts and capacity constraints. And those that leverage optimization-based planning systems on a local level are finding that this approach is not feasible at the global level.
Moving Beyond Supply Chain Visibility to Multi-Enterprise Orchestration:
Virtual Vertical Integration & Supplier Collaboration Combined
The loss of supply chain visibility as a result of outsourcing manufacturing operations is of real concern to OEMs. But it's the subsequent loss of control over the coordination of activities across the multi-tier supply chain that is creating the most risk and chaos for brand owners.
A tactical exchange of data node-by-node through the global supply chain is no longer sufficient to achieve true collaboration between brand owners and suppliers in today's volatile business environment. What is required is a holistic, end-to-end supply chain planning and response management system, where everyone can understand the consequences of decisions up and down the supply chain.
Miles Ahead: The "miles ahead" vision of integrated supply chain planning and response management
"One of the greatest fallacies when talking about planning is the belief that each part of the planning process is unique and therefore can be adequately performed in isolation. I don't believe that was ever really true, but it certainly isn't so in today's complex and volatile world.
"In reality, planning is a continuum, and each stage should be feeding the next and being informed by the previous. And with the volatility in today's business environment, the planning process should be a continuous one, no longer only performed on a fixed schedule. This is particularly pertinent when it comes to the demand and supply chain operations of a company."
Trevor Miles is a Kinaxis thought leader and is a regular contributor to the 21st Century Supply Chain Blog. In this ebook you will find excerpts and links to resources and content that Trevor has contributed over time on many relevant sub-themes supporting his vision of an integrated supply chain.
Supply Chain Response Management: It's Time to Embrace Volatility
Better supply and demand planning outcomes means better business and operations performance, which is ultimately about the financials. Within a fairly narrow window of opportunity, improving agility by using supply chain response management tools can have an impact on both the top and bottom line. Adjusting and responding to changes as well as customer inquiries can mean the difference between losing business or winning a new customer. The ability to make faster and more profitable decisions enhances margins both internally and across the supply chain network. It's hard to find fault with that.
S&OP in the 21st century: Your system for navigating the modern business landscape
S&OP is about piloting your daily operations and monthly plans toward your long-term business goals. If your company isn't quite flying as high as you think it should be, this new S&OP e-book is here to help navigate your way to higher ground.
This e-book provides an overview of what an advanced S&OP process should look like and what it takes to get there. Flip through the pages to get a quick outline of the modern-day challenges, benefits, tips, and best practices for S&OP. If you want to dive deeper on any one topic, there are a multitude of links for you to access further resources such as blogs, surveys, research reports, and white papers. And of course, we added some lighter content just for laughs.
Who is this e-book for?
- Executives seeking a perspective of the evolution of S&OP and a description of S&OP as it applies to 21st century realities
- Executives and practitioners already engaged in S&OP who want to help move their companies to the next level
7 Success Factors for Today's Supply Chain Projects
In today's economic climate, no manufacturer can afford to fund any supply chain management (SCM) project that fails to deliver results.
Fortunately, some best practices exist to guide companies through these projects and increase the chances of success.
This white paper describes seven success factors for today's SCM projects, which have been identified by seasoned
executives with decades of experience in the field.
One-to-Many: Establishing a common platform to address multiple supply chain applications
What is needed in today's dispersed and loosely coupled supply chains are more collaboration, and less control; more coordination, and less optimization. Companies must have the ability to enable their front-line people to use their judgment to make fact based decisions which address the surprise and compromise inherent in today's global and multi-tier supply chains. At the heart of delivering these capabilities is the technical architecture of the supply chain solutions.
This paper describes the integrated set of capabilities that is required to satisfy the business needs of the 21st century supply chain.
Four Essential Requirements for Today's Global Supply Chain Management Solutions:
On-Demand Services Uniquely Qualified to Deliver
The challenges of global supply chain management (SCM) have never been greater. Increased outsourcing, shrinking product lifecycles, intensifying economic pressures, and constant changes in supply, demand, and product make supply chain optimization harder than ever. Existing systems generate plans that become obsolete the moment they're finished, while spreadsheets and ad hoc databases lack the visibility and collaborative capabilities organizations need to swiftly and effectively monitor and respond to change. Yet today's on-demand supply chain management solutions offer new promise in enabling companies to:
- Understand opportunity and rapidly conduct risk trade-off and response
- Quickly and accurately analyze the impacts of proposed SCM solutions
- Manage external relationships and respond to unplanned events
- Give multiple users a single, real-time version of the truth
- Meet operations performance goals without overtaxing IT resources
Download this white paper to learn how on-demand supply chain management software can help you gain these benefits—and how to choose the right SCM solution for your business.