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Report of More Job Cuts at IBM

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In March Supply Chain Matters highlighted for readers certain reports indicating that enterprise technology provider IBM was conducting workforce restructuring that included a large amount of layoffs. That series of job cuts was believed to impact about 5000 employees. Today under its Business Watch column, The Wall Street Journal reported that IBM has once again […]


The New Era of Responsiveness and Attention to Enterprise and Supply Chain Software Customer Needs

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In our prior Supply Chain Matters briefing, this author provided initial highlights and takeaways regarding important shifts in strategy that came out of this week’s SAP Sapphire customer conference. In this particular posting I want to briefly contrast recent enterprise software conference we have covered to highlight contrasting messages regarding customer needs. As was noted […]


SAP’s 2016 Sapphire Customer Conference- Important Shifts in Strategy and a Clear Response to Voice of Customers

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May represents the height of the spring conference season and these past two weeks have featured many, including SAP’s annual Sapphire and ASUG customer conference held in Orlando. Due to scheduling and other client commitments, this author did not travel to Orlando but did have the opportunity to view most of this year’s Sapphire keynotes. […]


Supply Chain Matters Highlights from ISM 2016- Part One

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This supply chain industry analyst just returned from attending the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) 2016 annual conference held earlier this week. This is the conference where purchasing and supply management professionals gather for added learning, education and insights related to supply chain management and in particular, supply management’s role in contributing to required business […]


Gartner 2016 Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings- Supply Chain Matters Initial Impressions

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Today, industry analyst firm Gartner announced the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25 rankings, an annual event that comes with the usual fanfare held at the Gartner SCM Executive Conference. As has been our previous posture, Supply Chain Matters is providing its social media voice of observation and comment and not an endorsement […]


Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships

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In the week that the purchasing and supply management community is meeting at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference being held here in Indianapolis, is a disappointing report of business as usual supplier relationship management challenges across the U.S. automotive industry. The Wall Street Journal reports Lukewarm Supplier Ties Hamper Auto Makers (Paid […]


To No Surprise- Another Ocean Container Shipping Lines Alliance Announced

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At the beginning of this month, Supply Chain Matters advised our readers to pay particular attention to the ongoing sober signs of global transportation structural changes. For the ocean container shipping segment, it was inevitable that a new multi-carrier alliance would emerge, and indeed it has. Late last week came the announcement that Germany based […]


Supply Chain Matters Attending ISM 2016

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Next week, The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Once again our bag will be packed and Supply Chain Matters will be attending this year’s conference. We had all good intentions of attending last year’s conference but a multiple bookings precluded that […]


Parcel Shipping Dynamics are Moving Far More Quickly- Stay Informed and Seek Added Intelligence

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For the past 6 months, Supply Chain Matters has advised our readers that structural disruption is underway regarding online and B2B small parcel transportation and logistics, and supply chain and procurement teams, particularly those residing in retail or in small to medium sized businesses need to be prepared for the implications. Succinct signs of these […]


Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore- Part Three

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Last week, this industry analyst attended and spoke at mid-market focused ERP provider’s QAD Explore 2016 conference. In a prior Part One Supply Chain Matters commentary, I shared overall impressions regarding QAD’s current applications software and technology activities along, and in a Part Two posting I shared additional impressions related to interactions. During Explore 2016, […]


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