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E2open- A New Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog

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I am happy to announce to our readers that on-demand software services provider E2open is a new Sustaining level sponsor of this blog in 2012. We are pleased that this innovative technology provider has chosen to associate itself to the ongoing global supply chain focused thought leadership being provided by Supply Chain Matters.

E2open is a provider of cloud-based, on-demand software solutions enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative execution across global trading networks. Brand owners utilize E2open to gain visibility into and control over their trading networks leveraging real-time information, integrated business processes, and advanced analytics. E2open customers include Celestica, Dell, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, IBM, LSI Corporation, Motorola, Seagate Technology, among others. Industry presence includes aerospace and defense consumer electronics, consumer product goods, high technology, industrial manufacturing and telecommunications. The E2Open Business Network provides a focus on collaborative execution across an extended supply chain network of suppliers and trading partners. Technology offerings support areas of collaborative supply planning, logistics visibility, orders and inventory management, B2B managed services.

This year promises to be an exciting and eventful year for E2open.  The company has recently filed a Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed public offering of its stock. In addition to the recently announced PLM and multi-tier cost management application, readers can also anticipate more upcoming E2open new product and services announcements that will be made available to customers during 2012.

If your organization has needs related to collaborative execution in the context for a need to overcome existing systems and communication barriers, unifying suppliers and trading partners with common information and multi-tier process orchestration, we recommend you place E2open on your short list.

For more information, visit www.e2open.com.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


Infosys Limited- A Continuing 2012 Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog

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Supply Chain Matters is pleased to announce to our readers that Infosys Limited will be a continuing Lead sponsor of this blog.

The Infosys Consulting & Systems Integration organization along with its industry focused supply chain management practice continues to recognize the increasing reach and influence of Supply Chain Matters, as well as our joint efforts to provide added thought leadership in the area of global supply chain management, multi-channel commerce, business process and information technology topics. Infosys sponsorship of this blog began in 2009 and will continue throughout 2012.

Infosys continues to provide its clients with the ability to unlock added value from their supply chain business processes and information technology systems.  Key practice areas umbrella a wide swath and include areas of supply chain planning, strategic sourcing/procurement, multi-channel order fulfillment, supply chain execution and enterprise asset management. Industry concentration is broad and services include process consulting, supply chain design, software evaluation and implementation, and business process outsourcing.

Infosys Limited was recently cited as number 15 within Forbes’s ranking of The World’s Most Innovative Companies.  In October 2011, the company was recognized as a top performing global provider by Procter and Gamble for successfully implementing an order shipping and billing program and for providing high quality consulting, technology and BPO services.

Today, Infosys has a healthy track record of over 300 supply chain engagements within 25 countries involving over 1000 customers. Strategic technology partnerships include SAP, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, and JDA.

During 2012, this author will continue to contribute guest postings regarding key supply chain and information technology strategic topics on the Infosys Global Supply Chain Management blog. Supply Chain Matters will also feature periodic guest commentaries from select Infosys consultants and executives on important and timely global and industry specific supply chain challenges and business topics. Supply Chain Matters will also feature blog commentary coverage from a premiere Infosys customer or partner event during 2012.

We look forward to having Infosys supply chain management as a Lead sponsor of Supply Chain Matters. We also look forward to a continued joint collaboration in thought leadership and industry commentary related to important supply chain business process and information technology topics in the coming year.

If you need additional information, you can view the Infosys SCM services profile in the About Our Sponsors page on the right-hand panel.

Insure that you have Infosys on your short-list of global based, large-scale supply chain information technology consulting and technology implementation needs.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


Kinaxis- A Continuing 2012 Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog

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Supply Chain Matters is pleased to announce to our readers that supply chain technology provider Kinaxis continues as one of the Lead sponsors of this blog.

Kinaxis was the very first sponsor of this blog in 2008, and we look forward to continuing our close relationship during 2012.  Kinaxis recognized early on that supply chain professionals would increasingly turn to social media channels for their educational needs and that blogs such as Supply Chain Matters would play an increasing role in how technology users seek out thought leadership and gather insights on business process and technology needs.

Kinaxis has successfully designed and continues to support a highly successful supply chain focused social-media community. The Supply Chain Expert Community web site garners multiple accolades and is approaching 6000 registered members. This author is pleased to provide continued weekly guest blogger commentary in this community throughout 2012 that will be simultaneously published on this blog as well.

Founded in 1995, Kinaxis and its flagship RapidResponse technology has been adopted by global industry leaders such as Cisco, Flextronics, Honeywell, Panasonic, Research In Motion, Qualcomm and others to manage and respond to their supply chain resource planning needs within volatile and rapidly changing business environments. This author’s familiarity with the company’s capabilities began in 1999-2000 when the company was initially named WebPlan, and as an industry analyst I have witnessed an incredible growth path since.  The year 2011 was an incredible year for Kinaxis that included double-digit sales growth and sustained profitability. Besides having its corporate headquarters in Ottawa Ontario, Kinaxis now has offices in the U.S., Japan, China and the Netherlands and has executed a global presence.

Today, the RapidResponse application is often utilized as a decision hub for supply chain planning, sales and operations planning, and collaborative planning processes across an extended, global based supply chain.  The value of the technology is in its ability to allow customers to plan a coordinated response to supply, capacity or demand variances that often occur. In 2011, RapidResponse Control Tower was introduced as a cloud based offering to assist manufacturers and brand owners in securing broader visibility and process control across the extended global supply chain.

If your organization has needs for extended supply chain visibility, control tower, or sales and operations planning process support capabilities that can be implemented in a very timely manner, I recommend you place Kinaxis on your short list.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Structure Revised

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Supply Chain Matters readers can recall that since our inception, we offered three different levels of blog sponsorship, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Each was designed to provide different levels of benefits and services for our sponsors.  Late last year, after a complete review, we made a decision to simplify our blog sponsorship offerings into two levels of sponsorships, a Lead level and a Sustaining level, each with different levels of benefits.

Beginning today, the presence of our existing and new blog sponsors will be displayed in our new 2012 sponsorship framework of Lead and Sustaining sponsors. Behind the scenes, these ads are being managed with our brand new Ads plug-in.

Our plan was to implement these changes in early January.  Many readers might relate to the saga of an IT system snafu, an application that once worked fine and then suddenly decides it does not want to work.  Alas, Supply Chain Matters was not immune to such occurrences.

Just as we announced our revised levels of sponsorship programs our former WordPress plug-in application that displays and manages our existing blog sponsorship display ads decided to not allow us to access the program or to change any settings.  Some past upgrades of WordPress apparently completely disabled the application and caused other problems. Rather than bore our readers with all the technical reasons as to why this occurred, suffice to communicate that during these past few weeks we have been somewhat occupied in locating and engaging a specialist development firm to help us in both temporarily restoring our former Ad displays while locating, customizing and installing an entirely new Ad management application for our blog in 2012.

While all of this was happening, our two existing sponsors, Kinaxis and Infosys Limited were very gracious in understanding, and we again thank them.

Following this posting, readers will be able to view individual announcements related to our 2012 Supply Chain Matters sponsors, including a new sponsor.

We would also take this opportunity to remind providers of supply chain related technology and services that opportunities for being a named sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters blog in 2012 still remain at both the Lead and Sustaining levels.  Blogs have come to be very influential sources of opinion and thought leadership, with this site being cited as among the top ten blogs commenting on global supply chain business process and information technology developments.

As a sponsor of Supply Chain Matters, your company will be recognized for its products and services and also as a supporter of quality thought leadership. Our sponsorships include services in spring boarding your brand recognition, enlisting social media based product marketing strategies and raising educational awareness to new technologies.

Further information can be obtained by utilizing our Sponsorship Information Request  drop-down menu located on the top menu bar, or by sending an inquiry email to info <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


Blog Sponsorship Opportunities Currently Available for Supply Chain Matters

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Does your company need broader brand recognition among the global supply chain community? Do you desire to have your brand associated with quality thought leadership and insights as to what is happening across global supply chains?

Does your product marketing plans call for broader leveraging of social media based strategies and mechanisms?

We would like to remind providers of supply chain related technology and services that there are opportunities for being a named sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters blog.  Blog sponsors appear in our sponsorship panel located on the right-hand side and represent the best in technology and service offerings.

Blogs have come to be a very influential source of opinion and thought leadership with this site being among the top ten blogs commenting on global supply chain developments in business process and information technology.  Supply Chain Matters provides global reach with an average of 30 to 40 thousand monthly visitors, many of which are unique. We pride ourselves on the quality of our content and insights regarding global supply chains.

As a sponsor of Supply Chain Matters, your company will be recognized not only for its products and services, but also a supporter of quality thought leadership.  Sponsorships are also available that include services in spring boarding your social media based product marketing strategies or raising educational awareness to new technologies. We are currently offering an attractive discounted rate for the remaining three months of 2011.

We would also like to remind major sponsors of conferences related to supply chain executive and business topics that we also provide opportunities for promoting your conference agenda on Supply Chain Matters. Previous conference advertisers have gained considerable click-through rates to conference registration sites.

Next week we will be attending the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) being held in Philadelphia.  This is one of the premiere educational and professional conferences among the supply chain management community and we are looking forward to catching-up with friends and colleagues.

For further information, you can either complete a sponsorship inquiry form, or send an email with your name, company, email and telephone contact information.  Please send email inquiries to: info <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com.


Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Opportunities

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We would like to remind providers of supply chain related technology and services that there are opportunities for being a named sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters blog.  Blog sponsors appear in our sponsorship panel located on the right-hand side.

Blogs have come to be a very influential source of opinion and thought leadership with this site being among the top ten blogs commenting on global supply chain developments  in business process and information technology.  Supply Chain Matters provides global reach with an average of 30 to 40 thousand monthly visitors, with an increasing number of unique first-time visitors.

As a sponsor of Supply Chain Matters, your company will be recognized not only for its products and services, but also a supporter of quality thought leadership.  Sponsorships are also available that include services in spring boarding your social media and product marketing strategies.

We would also like to remind major sponsors of conferences related to supply chain executive and business topics that we also provide opportunities for promoting your conference agenda on Supply Chain Matters. Previous conference advertisers have gained considerable click-through rates to conference registration sites.

For further information, you can either complete a sponsorship inquiry form, or send an email with your name, company, email and telephone contact information.  Please send email inquiries to: info <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com.


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