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.
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.
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.
During these last few weeks, this author has been posting commentaries as well as speaking on the current challenges facing Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) teams. The current challenges manifesting more accelerated clock speed of business across multiple industry setting coupled with the growing complexity, variability and risk across global supply chains often manifest themselves in S&OP decision-support challenges. Many recent surveys point to certain frustrations concerning S&OP momentum, and yet the process itself can greatly benefit from today’s advancing technology in more predictive analytics, decision support and group collaboration.
We wanted to therefore call Supply Chain Matters reader attention to an upcoming conference solely dedicated to S&OP thought leadership. The annual S&OP Innovation Summit is being held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on September 12-13.
This year’s summit includes a wide variety of speakers and topics. It includes senior supply chain executives from Bauer, Kraft Foods and Perrigo, along with S&OP process representatives from Abbot Laboratories, Energizer, Haliburton, Novartis and Solo Cup, among other presenters. Speaker topics encompass a wide variety of S&OP challenges with viewpoints among various industry settings. This regional summit is unique in that the audience is capped to allow for lots of opportunities for networking and information sharing. The Seaport Hotel district offers a magnificent venue overlooking Boston Harbor and its many venues. Early September is also a great time to be in Boston, our home city, with many sports and other attractions occurring across the city. Among past attendees, 92 percent indicated they would recommend the event to a colleague.
Supply Chain Matters has agreed to be one of the designated media sponsors of this event, and yours truly will be an attending, providing social media updates and post-event commentary on the messages shared and takeaways brought forward by speakers and attendees. I look forward to meeting and speaking with you as well.
For further information and registration details, you can click on the S&OP Innovation Summit logo appearing in our Upcoming Conferences section on the right-hand panel or clicking on the above web link.
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.
We would like to again remind Supply Chain Matters readers that the Supply Chain Council (SCC), the organization that developed and continues to mature the Supply Chain Operations Framework (SCOR) model, is conducting its annual U.S. focused Supply Chain World North America Conference in a few short weeks. This is the SCC conference where the broader supply chain community and their teams can network and gather current thinking on supply chain direction and required capabilities. This author has attended many previous sessions of this event both as a participant and as a speaker. Last year’s event was enjoyed by most all those attending.
The 2013 event is being held from April 8-10, 2013 in St. Louis, with the overall theme: 21st Century Supply Chain- Gateway to the Future. The conference planning committee purposely chose the St. Louis area because of its proximity to major areas of aerospace, industrial and other manufacturing and supply chain services, as well as its location in the central part of the U.S. , which can ease travel time. Prior to the main event, SCC has scheduled its one day SCOR User Group meeting.
This year’s Supply Chain World North America conference begins with a networking reception on the evening of Monday, April 8th. There are two principal keynote speakers on the main agenda that begins on Tuesday. Kenneth A. Shaw, Vice President of Supply Chain Management Global Services and Support at Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security Group will provide the opening keynote while Jason Grebe, Vice President at Intel will provide the keynote on Wednesday. Other scheduled speakers during the two days of the conference include executives from Ingersoll Rand, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, LG Display, L’Oreal USA, St. Onge and others.
Each Annual Supply Chain World North America conference customarily includes an Industry Analyst or Influencers panel discussion as the culminating closing event, to summarize the messages from the various speakers, to exchange views on compelling supply chain issues of the day, and to take questions from conference attendees. This author is pleased to be once again invited to be a participant of this panel. Last year’s panel, which I moderated, garnered high feedback ratings. I will be joined on this year’s panel with influencers from Accenture, Gartner, IDC and Microsoft.
The deadline for registration and discounted hotel room is fast approaching so please consider joining us in St. Louis in April. Readers can take advantage of a $200 discount on the conference registration fee if registered by March 15th.
Readers can obtain more information and actually register for this upcoming premiere supply chain conference by double-clicking on the Supply Chain World North America ad located in our right-hand Upcoming Conferences panel.