Apr 202017
 

What is a Digital Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Information.

Data Quotes

  • “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” ~ Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of HP
  • “The world is one big data problem.” ~ Andrew McAfee
  • “It is today we must create the world of the future.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.” ~ Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective

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Mar 262017
 

History of Big Data

A Brief History of Big Data. Great way to learn about Big Data and the history behind it.  If you aren’t aware of Big Data get up to speed.  It will great impact supply chain as well as all of business.

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What do you want to know about Big Data?  What are your thoughts on this topic?
Mar 152017
 

From Youtube.com: A machine learning approach inspired by the human brain, Deep Learning is taking many industries by storm. Empowered by the latest generation of commodity computing, Deep Learning begins to derive significant value from Big Data. It has already radically improved the computer’s ability to recognize speech and identify objects in images, two fundamental hallmarks of human intelligence.

Supply Chain Information.

Oct 112016
 

SAP S/4HANA: Supply Chain Transformation

Oct 072016
 

Supply Chain Automation Quotes

Supply Chain Automation is key in improving efficiency and productivity in an organization.  Below are a few quotes that may help get your head around this supply chain concept.

 

“Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.” ~ Tom Peters

  • If you are going to automate then there will need to be simplification.  In order to automate something you should be able to map out the manual process.  Once you map out the manual process it becomes much easier to automate.

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“Everything should be made as simple as possible, not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

  • How many people have had a boss tell you “I just want an ‘easy’ button.”  Supply Chain automation can greatly improve efficiency and productivity but it isn’t a cure all.  Process discipline is essential in order for supply chain automation to truly work.  Many times when people start talking about automation they think it will cure all problems and everything will have an easy button.

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through the argument debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”  ~ Colin Powell

  • One of the common themes here will be simplification.  Supply chain automation is all about simplification.  Making the manual process and simple as possible so that it can be automated.

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“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” ~ Michael Porter

  • Before you start on the journey of supply chain automation determine what is going to be automated and what will not b automated.  You won’t be able to automate everything.  If you determine this early it will greatly help throughout the process.

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“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  it is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”  ~ Steve Jobs

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Jul 122016
 

Supply Chain Optimization

Supply Chain Optimization is key in making a supply chain organization more efficient and productive.  A company can use technology for optimization but don’t forget to improve processes as well.  Using technology to optimize processes may take awhile and will cost a significant amount of money.  Be sure to first look into ways to improve the current process by taking out wasted steps.  Also look into the process discipline of the organization so the information going into your supply chain system can be fully utilized for your supply chain optimization projects.

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Supply Chain Optimization Quotes

  • “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
  • “In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “For the blue-collar worker, the driving force behind change was factory automation using programmable machine tools. For the office worker, it’s office automation using computer technology: enterprise-resource-planning systems, groupware, intranets, extranets, expert systems, the Web, and e-commerce.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “The human being is a very poorly designed machine tool. The human being excels in coordination. He excels in relating perception to action. He works best if the entire human being, muscles, senses, and mind, is engaged in the work.”
    ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “In Japan, a company worker’s position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement. W. Edwards Deming
  • “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new – and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.”  ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • “Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth – but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?”  ~ Robert Kennedy
  • “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”  ~ Louis Gerstner, fromer CEO of IBM

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May 132016
 

The Apple Supply Chain is one of the best in the world.  Many people may even call it the best.  These Apple Supply Chain quotes may not call out Supply Chain specifically but they can be applied in so many ways.  Apple has an amazing Supply Chain and that didn’t happen by accident.  Apple is a great company to do research if you are benchmarking top Supply Chain companies.

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.  The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.  It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”  ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

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“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works.”  ~ Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Apple Supply Chain quote

 

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”  ~ Steve Jobs

Apple Supply chain quotes by Steve Jobs

 

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

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The Apple Supply Chain is one of the best in the world if not the best.  See how you can apply these quotes to your supply chain.

Apr 252016
 

Supply Chain Omnichannel Strategies

Supply Chain omnichannel strategies are a key focus for sellers.  What’s the current stage of big data in supply chains? How can social media data improve the supply chain process, forecasting, and ultimately on-shelf availability?

  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.”  ~W. Edwards Deming
  • “For much of Toyota’s history, we have ensured the quality and reliability of our vehicles by placing a device called an andon cord on every production line – and empowering any team member to halt production if there’s an assembly problem. Only when the problem is resolved does the line begin to move again.” ~ Akio Toyoda
  • “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.” ~ Jeff Bezos

Supply chain omnichannel strategies

 

Apr 212016
 

What’s Big Data?

What’s Big Data? If you don’t know about Big Data start learning about it. Whether your like it or not we will all be part of Big Data. It is kind of like the Internet. At one time you didn’t need to be part of it but sooner or later we all became part of it.

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) will impact supply chain in so many ways. Either learn about it, or get left behind. ~ Dave Waters
  • Imagine where your company would be if it didn’t adapt and leverage the Internet. That will be the same way if your company doesn’t get involved with the Internet of Things (IoT). ~ Dave Waters

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