This is the fourth of our postings coming from the Kinaxis Kinexions conference being held these next two days in Phoenix.  Previous commentaries included Dispatch One, Two, and Three.

We previously noted yesterday’s announcement that Kinaxis and E2Open have come together to jointly develop an available-to-promise order fulfillment capability that leverages both companies SaaS platforms for customers.  During the afternoon and evening, I had the opportunity to view a detailed demonstration of this functionality and speak to representatives from each company.  This functionality is rather interesting and provides existing joint customers an interesting opportunity to not only synchronize order fulfillment processes involving external trading partners, but also an alternative means to insure integration of multi-company planning and execution systems.  While this current announcement involves an initially defined scope, there are clear opportunities to add broader external supply chain process synchronization capabilities, and customers of both providers may want to take a closer look at this evolving relationship.   For high tech and consumer electronics firms, there are interesting opportunities here for more flexible deployment of technology options utilizing Cloud services vs. older ERP supported technology processes.

Last night’s evening activities provided the ultimate in entertainment options related to a supply chain management conference.  After a 45 minute bus ride to Rosa’s Ranch near Fountain Hills, conference attendees were entertained in a quaint venue on an original Indian reservation.  In addition to a delicious western style dinner, the entertainment featured The Burnt Factory Band and comedian Kevin Pollack.  For readers who may not be aware, The Burnt Factory Band was formed in San Jose, California in the summer of 2005 and features members of the Cisco Systems Global Customer Value Chain organization, including band leader Angel Mendez, who is Senior Vice President of the CVCM team.  Now that’s star power in supply chain management, and he didn’t have to deliver a keynote.

Following the band was comedian Kevin Pollack who provided lots of laughs, including many of his impressions of movie stars.  It was a great evening.

Day Two kicks off on Wednesday with a series of presentations representing other core industry verticals for Kinaxis, namely pharmaceutical and aerospace.

Bob Ferrari