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Join Us at an Upcoming S&OP Focused Breakfast Series

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We want to alert Supply Chain Matters readers that Bob Ferrari, our Founder and Executive Editor will be featured as a kickoff speaker at an upcoming series of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Executive Breakfast Briefing events sponsored by Steelwedge Software.

 This series has been designed to provide attendees with advanced understanding of technology being applied to support the S&OP process, including the important insights for integrating information and more predictive decision-making capabilities for process participants. There will be time allocated for ample interaction with speakers.

 Bob Ferrari’s presentation is titled: A Practical Guide to Using Predictive Analysis to Take Your S&OP and IBP Process to the Next Level. In this talk, Bob will address how many S&OP processes become stalled because they are trying to assimilate information that is most external to existing information system or spreadsheet capabilities. S&OP processes are literally drowning in data but starving for decision-making insights. Three significant industry converging forces are coming together to allow S&OP teams the ability to incorporate use of more predictive decision-making as well as to achieve goals for integrated business planning. Along with Bob, both the Boston and Chicago breakfast series events will feature Bruce Richardson, Chief Enterprise Strategist at Salesforce.com as a speaker.

 These breakfast series events will be conducted in the following cities with more information and conference registration information provided at the below web links:

Wednesday, April 30 in Boston

Thursday, May 1 in Atlanta

Thursday, May 8 in Chicago

 

Join Bob Ferrari and other distinguished speakers at either of these upcoming Steelwedge focused events for insights on taking your organization’s S&OP process to the next level.

 


Hotel Space at Supply Chain World North America Conference Becoming Limited

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Supply Chain Matters has a brief update regarding the annual Supply Chain World North America Conference being held on April 13-15, 2013 in Nashville. This conference is sponsored by the Supply Chain Council (SCC), facilitators of the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR) and M4SC   Supply Chain World 2014 North America Conferenceframeworks, among others.

Once again, Supply Chain Matters will be one of the media sponsors of this event. 

If you have been considering attending this upcoming educational event, please act now since the very attractive designated hotel conference hotel room rate is selling-out. We received word from SCC that the designated conference hotel, The Inn at Opryland along with the adjacent Gaylord Resort in Nashville now has limited room availability for April 13-15 period.  Alternate lodging has been arranged at the Marriott Airport Nashville.  Please review the conference web site for more specific details.

Yours truly will once again moderate the Supply Chain Industry Analyst and Influencers panel discussion slotted on the afternoon of Monday, April 14. We have one change in our panel composition and pleased to announce that Mike Burkett of Gartner will join the panel.

Panel participants will be:

Jake Barr, CEO, Blue World Supply Chain Consulting LLC

Mike Burkett, Research Vice President and Chief of Supply Chain Research, Gartner Inc.

Brad Householder, Principal, PwC Management Consulting

Steve Melnyk, Professor of Operations Management, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Again, readers can gain additional information on venue, agenda and registration information for this upcoming conference by clicking on logo located in our Conferences panel on the right-hand side or clicking on this web link.

Bob Ferrari


Consider Attending the Supply Chain World North America Conference

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We would like to remind our readers that the Supply Chain Council (SCC), facilitators of the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR) and M4SC frameworks, among others, will once again be conducting its annual Supply Chain World North America Conference on April 13-15, 2013. 

This year’s North America conference will be held in Nashville Tennessee, which is situated within close proximity and drive to the nearby hubs of automotive, industrial and high tech manufacturing and supply chain activity located in the southeastern portion of the United States. The conference facility is located within close proximity to the Grand Ole Opry, the shrine of country music and to, of course, Nashville the hub of the same. We frequently have country music streaming at our Supply Chain Matters desktop hub, and confess we might have done a tiny bit of lobbying of the conference organizers to select Nashville for the conference.

The theme for the 2014 conference is: The Tuned Supply Chain- From Strategy to Resources.  The conference agenda is now posted online and available for your review. A scan of the agenda indicates the following topics, among others, will be put forth to conference attendees:

• Supplier Lifecycle Management: Critical success factors; consistent understanding and application

• Leveraged use of analytics to improve supply chain decision-making and performance

• Advent of digital manufacturing (Internet of Things) and integration of important data to various supply chain business processes

• Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Capturing accurate demand; moving beyond current inertia; time to stop chasing the forecast; leveraging appropriate technology

• The needs for increased integration of product management with supply chain

The Tuned Supply Chain: New approaches to interoperability that include roles, expectations, business models, culture

Once again, Supply Chain Matters will be one of the media sponsors of this event. 

Yours truly will once again moderate the Supply Chain Industry Analyst and Influencers panel discussion slotted on the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The panel will consist of:

Jake Barr, CEO, Blue World Supply Chain Consulting LLC

Noha Tohamy, Vice President of Supply Chain Research, Gartner Inc.

Brad Householder, Principal, PwC Management Consulting

Steve Melnyk, Professor of Operations Management, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Readers can gain additional information on venue, agenda and registration information for this upcoming conference by clicking on logo located in our Conferences panel on the right-hand side or clicking on this web link.

Bob Ferrari


Join Supply Chain Matters at the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

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The Supply Chain Council (SCC), facilitators of the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR) and M4SC frameworks, among others, will once again be conducting its annual Supply Chain World North America Conference on April 13-15, 2013. Supply Chain World, with specific variants across broad global SCC regions, is the conference focused on broader supply chain management strategies, challenges and insights.

This year’s North America conference will be held in Nashville Tennessee, which is situated within close proximity and drive to the nearby hubs of automotive, industrial and high tech manufacturing and supply chain activity located in the southeastern portion of the United States.

The theme for this year’s conference is: The Tuned Supply Chain- From Strategy to Resources.  The conference planning team is current reviewing numerous speaker content submissions and will be publishing a more detailed agenda in the next few weeks. Previous editions of Supply Chain World North America have featured a diverse variety of knowledgeable speakers with numerous opportunities for networking with fellow supply chain leaders.  This year’s conference facility is located within close proximity to the Grand Ole Opry, the shrine of country music and to, of course, Nashville the hub of the same. A very attractive negotiated hotel rate affords the opportunity to check-in on the country music scene, gain important insights and network with fellow cross-functional supply chain professionals.

It is our pleasure to announce that once again, Supply Chain Matters will be one of the media sponsors of this event.  We know that there are many supply chain conference options for our readers to consider but trust that Supply Chain World North America is a venue that provides great timely content and multiple industry supply chain perspectives and networking opportunities.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor has once again been invited to chair, recruit and facilitate the Supply Chain Industry Analyst and Influencers panel discussion which is tentatively being slotted on the afternoon of Monday, April 14. Bob is in the process of recruiting an exciting and diverse panel with broad perspectives on the conference theme.

Please consider joining us for this year’s conference.

Readers can gain additional information on venue, agenda and registration information for this upcoming conference by clicking on logo located in our Conferences panel on the right-hand side or clicking on the above embedded web link.


Consider Attending Upcoming Supply Chain Council Regional Executive Briefings

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The Supply Chain Council (SCC) has been promoting a series of regional briefings on the topic: Addressing Global Challenges in High Performance Supply Chains. These regional gatherings were designed to share insights gleaned from this year’s global-wide events and also to share the latest updates in SCC development with regional supply chain leaders.

During the first hour, key elements of high performing supply chains in successful global organizations will be shared. A hands-on workshop will follow for those who have time to stay for another hour.  This time will be used to briefly explore the next evolution of using SCOR for managing supply chains – M4SC.  In the workshop, attendees will explore how to develop a supply chain strategy for part of your supply chain, including a supply chain performance SCORcard with a set of performance requirements that you can leverage in the coming business year.

The current schedule of upcoming regional meetings is as follows:

Boston               September 18, 2013

New York          September 19, 2013

Philadelphia     September 20, 2013

Rome                 October 10, 2013

Paris                  October 14, 2013

Houston           November 1, 2013

Attendee feedback from many conferences of late consistently indicate that supply chain professionals prefer to attend regional conferences where travel is more manageable and opportunities for networking with other peer professionals are more available. These SCC Regional Conferences are a means to cater to these needs and also at a very affordable investment.

Additional information and registration can be obtained by clicking on this SCC web link.


Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Deliver Keynote at the 2013 PRISM Users Group Meeting

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We are pleased to announce to our readers that Supply Chain Matters Founder and Executive Editor, Bob Ferrari, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 PRISM Users Group Meeting being held on October 20-22 in Boston.

The PRISM® User Group is an independent collection of likeminded individuals whose companies employ the PRISM process-ERP application within food, chemical, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries.  This group began as an informal organization back in the 1980’s sponsored by the originator of the software, Marcam Corporation.   After Marcam and PRISM were acquired several times, Precision Solutions Group (PGSi) resurrected the PRISM User Group in 2005 to support ongoing interactions in both a Linked In group and in a conference held annually. The initial PRISM User Group Meeting began in 2006 and has been held every year with the exception of one year.

This year’s conference venue will be the Marriott Newton Hotel and will begin with a networking reception on Sunday evening, October 20. Bob Ferrari will kick-off the session in a Monday morning keynote presentation: The Most Significant Process and Technology Trends Impacting Supply Chain and Manufacturing Teams over the Next Five Years.

Manufacturing and supply chain teams have made considerable strides since the advent of MRP driven process and the original deployments of PRISM.  In April 0f 2012, the cover of The Economist magazine boldly declared: The third industrial revolution, and how a renaissance in manufacturing would lead to new digitally-driven capabilities. In the keynote, Bob will address the vastly increasing clock speed of business change coupled with paradigm shifts in a more technology astute consumer, increased presence of global risk, and the dawn of more efficient use of predictive decision-making capabilities as driving significant business and associated process changes. Bob will further address challenges that could stall the timing of these changes, one of which is the cumulative impact on people skills. Bob will also draw on published research and commentaries noted in Supply Chain Matters.

Readers residing in process intensive manufacturing industries, especially those utilizing elements of PRISM ERP should consider attending this timely event.  More information and registration information regarding this upcoming event can be obtained from the PRISM User Group web link.  

October is also a great time to visit New England and view the fall foliage colors.

 


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