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JDA Focus 2012 Conference- Supply Chain Matters Dispatch One

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We pen this commentary from the beautiful Aria Hotel in Las Vegas which is hosting supply chain technology vendor JDA’s annual Focus customer conference for three days this week.   This was the first time since the inception of Supply Chain Matters that we have been invited to attend Focus, and we praise both the JDA social media and industry analyst relations teams for their recognition of the influence of supply chain social media platforms such as ours. By the way, the Aria has some pretty nifty high-tech laden rooms. We begin our initial commentary with some general first impressions garnered from day one of the conference. One of the more pleasant surprises regarding this conference was to note the sheer presence of slightly over 2000 attendees at a conference dedicated to enabling supply chain business processes with technology. That should be an indicator that either conference education budgets are far […]


Technology Alert: GT Nexus and Kinaxis Announce Strategic Partnership

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GT Nexus and Kinaxis have announced a strategic partnership directed at providing a cloud-based unified planning and execution platform for enterprise customers and business process outsourcing (BPO) service providers. This partnership is directed at combining the capabilities of both companies – the planning and simulation “brains” of the Kinaxis platform with the inter-enterprise B2B execution network of GT Nexus. The Kinaxis RapidResponse® Control Tower providing supply chain planning, demand management, S&OP, supplier collaboration, is to be coupled with the GT Nexus platform that provides real-time visibility to orders, inventory, shipments and commerce transactions from order point to final delivery and payment. Kinaxis has been searching for a means to connect this provider’s supply chain planning and response capabilities directly to a B2B network platform and this partnership has the potential to provide broader appeal. Supply Chain Matters will feature more in-depth commentary after securing more information related to this partnership. […]


Supply Chain Matters Guest Posting Interview with Infosys: Supply Chain Control Tower Readines- Part Two

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Supply Chain Matters thought it would be great idea to conduct interviews reflecting on the different current perspectives of supply chain control tower concepts.  This Part Two posting is a continuation from Part One. Our goal is to include technology and service providers, as well as functional experts closest to this area.  To kick off this series, we conducted an interchange with Infosys senior consultants regarding current trends in this area. Participants and prime contributors in the responses were: Gopi Krishnan GR, Practice Manager – Business Application and Services, Retail CPG, Logistics and Life Sciences, Infosys  Arun Kumar, Principal Consultant – Business Application and Services, Retail CPG, Logistics and Life Sciences, Infosys  We continue in this posting with Gopi and Arun responses to two other questions.    Question 3: Typically, how are supply chain control tower capability needs being expressed: a.   The need for more timely decision making capabilities or […]


Next Week- JDA Focus 2012

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Next week Supply Chain Matters will again pack up essentials and will travel to Las Vegas to attend the JDA Focus 2012 conference being held Sunday through Wednesday.  It has been awhile since we attended a JDA conference and we are looking forward to hearing updated perspectives on the JDA product line as well as catching-up with former acquaintances. If any readers are attending the conference, please say hello.  We just received brand new monogrammed shirts embossed with our new Supply Chain Matters logo, so you should have no problem in identifying us in the crowd. Look for periodic blog dispatches and Twitter “tweets” regarding the conference during the upcoming week. Bob Ferrari


The Q1-2012 Supply Chain Matters Quarterly Newsletter has Published

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The Supply Chain Matters Quarterly Newsletter is a reader supplement to this blog.  The newsletter provides for a broader analysis of our daily and weekly commentaries, with an emphasis on this past quarters events and their implications for global supply chain business process and information technology needs going forward. The Q1-2012 newsletter was distributed today, so please check your email inbox to access your and read your copy. Perhaps the most telling aspect of how busy supply chain management professionals are these days was the vast number of “out-of-office” automatic replies we received with this morning’s distribution. Readers who signed-up to subscribe to Supply Chain Matters along with our consulting clients automatically receive our newsletter. Q1 provided continuous news related to global supply chains, and our newsletter features commentary reflecting on: Multiple stories related to developments in Apple’s supply chain point to even more dramatic era of industry leading capabilities. […]


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