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Supply Chain Matters Activities During the Week of October 21

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We have a busy upcoming week here at Supply Chain Matters

On Monday, Founder and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2013 PRISM User Group Meeting being held outside Boston. The topic of that presentation will be: Most Significant Trends Impacting Supply Chain and Manufacturing Teams in the next Five Years. This presentation will address five specific areas of important mega-trends and we will make this presentation available for no-cost download via our Research Center or SlideShare outlets.

On Thursday and Friday, Supply Chain Matters will be in Scottsdale Arizona for Kinexions 13,  the annual user conference conducted by our Lead Sponsor, Kinaxis. The overall theme of this year’s event is Know Sooner, Act Faster. We look forward each year to attending Kinexions which often attracts a distinctive audience of supply chain planning and leadership professionals. As always, we will be featuring some live updates as well as full coverage of the conference. As we noted in a summarized impressions of Kinexions 2012, this event continues to reinforce year after year that software provider conferences do not have to take on a high gloss sales-driven image, but rather one that attendees can conclude that they truly enjoyed attending, gained knowledge, networked with other professionals will similar challenges and shared in some good humor and funny skits.

If you are attending either of these events, please seek us out and say hello.


Join Bob Ferrari in Next Week’s Steelwedge Webinar

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We again invite Supply Chain Matters readers to join me in an August 13th webinar, sponsored by Steelwedge Software titled: Your S&OP Analytics: Crystal Ball or Ball and Chain?

In this webinar, I will address the evolution of S&OP and how predictive analytics will play an important part for enabling future decision-making needs in this process. S&OP needs to move toward better prediction of events and business outcomes while converging forces in business strategy, supply chain strategy and information technology are aligning toward helping businesses to leverage predictive analytics tools within S&OP.

I’ll have some interesting insights to share with you.

You can register for this complimentary webinar at this web link.

Bob Ferrari


Join Bob Ferrari at the Bryant University 6th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit

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In our most recent Supply Chain Matters Quarterly Newsletter, we called attention to published reports that the hottest interest in business schools of late is not banking or finance, but rather a career in supply chain management. Both Bloomberg Businessweek and the Wall Street Journal (paid subscription or free metered view) published articles in June reflecting on this hot new interest.  They note that the complexities of managing globally extended supply chains is now fueling demand for people with concentrated supply chain academic backgrounds. But alas, there is a classic demand and supply problem and additional academic institutions are moving to satisfy current and future demand for such trained professionals. More than a half-dozen universities have recently introduced undergraduate majors, MBA concentrations, or entire degree programs dedicated to areas of supply chain management.

Bloomberg cites a study from the Georgia Center for Innovation and Logistics indicating that nearly 200,000 U.S. supply chain jobs will go unfilled each year through 2018 because of the lack for qualified talent. Because supply-chain graduates are in such high demand, they are garnering high starting salaries upon graduation. The WSJ noted that, at the MBA level, starting salaries average above $97,000, nearly $5000 above all other MBA’s.

Both articles made mention of up and coming Smithfield Rhode Island based Bryant University, which five years ago began offering a minor in supply chain management curriculum. Last fall, Bryant launched both an undergraduate and an MBA concentration major in supply chain management under the direction of program director Dr. Teresa McCarthy, University of Tennessee alum.  Thus far, 180 students are attending both of these programs. Needless to state, such business media citation has raised the visibility of Bryant.

For the past six years Bryant University has conducted a one-day Supply Chain Management Summit. This year’s 6th Annual Summit will be held on August 22, 2013 on the campus of the university.  With all of the recent visibility to Bryant, the Summit organizers have been able to recruit 21 speakers for this year’s event. Among some select speakers are senior executives representing Banneker Industries, Barrett Distribution, C.R. Bard, CVS, Dunkin Brands, GSM Metals, NFI Industries and Sikorsky Aircraft

Yours truly is an invited speaker as well.  My session is titled: Supply Chain Predictive Analytics- The Increasing Importance of Using Analytics in Supply Chain Planning and Response Management. My presentation will address the current converging forces in the areas of business, supply chain process evolution, and information and database technology that will lead to increased adoption of more predictive planning and decision-making capabilities across the extended supply chain.  

We welcome and invite Supply Chain Matters readers residing in the New England area, or who happen to be in the area, to consider attending this Summit.  Additional information and registration can be obtained by accessing the SCMS web site.

I’m looking forward to once again meeting members of supply chain management community at this regional summit. Hope to see you there.

Bob Ferrari


Join Us in an August Webinar Addressing Predictive Analytics and S&OP

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It may be the dog days of summer but we remain quite active.  We invite Supply Chain Matters readersto join me in an August 13th webinar, sponsored by Steelwedge Software titled: Your S&OP Analytics: Crystal Ball or Ball and Chain?

In this webinar, I will address the evolution of S&OP and how predictive analytics will play an important part for enabling future decision-making needs in this process. S&OP needs to move toward better prediction of events and business outcomes while converging forces in business strategy, supply chain strategy and information technology are aligning toward helping businesses to leverage predictive analytics tools within S&OP.

Do your S&OP team, process and technologies give you a holistic, predictive look at your business potential, like a Crystal Ball to get in front of demand shifts, new product prospects and supply cost factors? Or are you stuck in an articulated, but sequential monthly S&OP process that weighs down decision-making within the confines of the schedule and a rigid software system, like a ball and chain?

I’ll have some interesting insights to share with you.

You can register for this complimentary webinar at this web link.

Bob Ferrari

 

 


Upcoming Supply Chain Executive Summit in September

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We would like to alert our supply chain executive level readers to the upcoming Supply Chain Council’s Executive Summit program scheduled to be held on 18-20 September 2012.  A group of high caliber speakers, and a few more joining in the next few weeks, have agreed to join us at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, California this September.

The Summit is a one-of-a-kind annual industry event.   It is developed and supported by the nonprofit Supply Chain Council, is not owned by any consulting or software company, and is open only to executive level attendees. Speakers will talk about what they want to share with peer executives.  As a result, this program leads to great open sharing, debate, and incredible high level networking.

This year’s summit will address transformative factors impacting today’s global supply chains and how thought leaders are responding.  You’ll learn how the conventional wisdom of low-cost-country and global footprint is evolving.  You will additionally hear from peers on how they’ve built global, yet nimble supply chains and how they’re structuring their organizations for success.

As in previous events of this kind, this author has been asked to lead the composition and facilitation of the Industry Analyst and Pundits Roundtable panel which is scheduled as the concluding keynote of the event on Thursday.

We hope you will join us at this important and timely event. You can gain additional information and register for this upcoming event by double-clicking on the Executive Summit North America conference logo in our featured supply chain conferences panel located on the right-hand portion of this blog.

Bob Ferrari


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


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