We again wish to express our thanks to our worldwide community for their continued readership of this blog.  Our reading audience now stretches throughout the globe and across multiple industry supply chains.

We cannot believe that September is already here. The year 2011 has brought a lot of news and developments regarding supply chains.  These developments include continued economic related impacts, the devastating earthquake that occurred in Japan with its continued aftereffects, natural disasters and major structural announcements.  September also ushers in budget planning for 2012 with IT and supply chain functional teams trying to balance and make sense of a whole lot of uncertainty regarding the global economy and supply chain needs. During the month we will feature commentary related to long-term planning.

For this author, it is time to take a short hiatus and vacation. Supply Chain Matters will return on September 12 after some sun, fun, relaxation and charge of batteries. We will be cruising the ocean, far away from the hustle and bustle and once again discovering beach life.  We might take an occasional peak at the news, but then again, we might not.

We want to also alert our readers to some upcoming appearances upon our return. On September 15-16, Supply Chain Matters will be covering the Sales and Operations Planning Summit, sponsored by the IE Group which is being held in Boston.  We had the opportunity to attend last year’s conference, and we found the conference to be jam packed with presentations addressing S&OP case studies from multiple industry settings, as well as ample opportunities for networking with other S&OP related professionals.  You are welcome to read our summary impressions from last year’s Summit. This year, Supply Chain Matters is featured as one of the media sponsors of this year’s conference.  Do consider attending, and if you are attending please look for us and say hello.

On September 21, Bob Ferrari will be presenting at the Progress Revolution 2011 Conference hosted by Progress Software. Out topic will be the rapid evolution of supply chain predictive analytics and control towers. We will discuss the evolution of analytical capabilities in supply chain business processes and what to anticipate in the not too distant future.  IT and supply chain functional attendees are welcome. You can view the conference registration site for additional details.

Thanks again for your readership and following.

Bob Ferrari, Executive Editor