Blockchain Security: Insights from XChain2

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Blockchain for business: It is no longer just a concept; organizations are actively creating solutions. There is currently a great deal of experimentation and investment in this emerging technology. Even hosting and cloud vendors (e.g., Amazon Web Services) are now moving to offer blockchain.

Romaine Lettuce Recall: A Case for Blockchain?

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With recent food safety crises such as the pre-Thanksgiving U.S. recall on romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak, I have heard people calling for increased traceability of food and a greater ability to track products back to their origins. Thankfully, a few days ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) narrowed the lettuce warning to romaine grown in certain California regions only.

Smart Contracts: Has Blockchain's Killer App Finally Become a Reality?

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“As the [blockchain] technology pushes the globe towards new economic models, we will only demand more from smart contracts,” Forbes, July 2018.

How These 6 Technologies Can Advance Your Sales & Operations Planning

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During APQC’s recent study on sales and operations planning (S&OP), we found that certain technologies are driving more capable and efficient S&OP processes. Specific industries are adopting technology such as AI and data analytics to address planning challenges, which indicates a critical competitive shift other organizations will soon be compelled to follow.

Technologies Improving S&OP Processes

Lessons Learned from Automating Sales Order Management

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I recently spoke with several individuals from Esker Inc. to get advice and lessons learned from their experience with automating the sales order process.

If an organization is considering implementing sales order automation, what things do they need to ensure it will be successful?

6 Use Cases for Blockchain-as-a-Service

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I recently interviewed Andrew Bruce to learn how blockchain can cut costs, reduce complexity, and improve controls in oil and gas supply chains and across industries. Andrew Bruce is the CEO of Data Gumbo, a blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) provider offering smart contract capabilities to oil and gas companies. Bruce discussed how and why companies use BaaS, the financial and resource investment required, and how supply chain leaders can move forward with BaaS implementation.

What is blockchain-as-a-service?

Take Action to Leverage Lean in Transactional Processes

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I recently spoke with Brian Mauriello from Stiles Associates about the benefits of bringing Lean process tools from the shop floor into the front- and back-office as well as the innovation arena. In the first part of our conversation, we discussed his three recommendations for Lean. Here is part two of our two-part conversation.

Organizations Need to Take Action

3 Recommendations for Leveraging Lean in Transactional Processes

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I recently spoke with Brian Mauriello from Stiles Associates about the benefits of bringing Lean process tools from the shop floor into the front- and back-office as well as the innovation arena. Here is part one of our two-part conversation.

Why do you think this is an important topic to discuss?

Lean is capable of producing impressive returns from cost savings and organic growth for organizations.

Blockchain for Supply Chain: From Pilot Projects to Results

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Last September I posted a blog: “What is Blockchain?” At that time, only 6 percent of people who took our poll on blockchain rated themselves as extremely familiar with it. Since then, the global conversation about this distributed ledger technology has evolved, and many organizations have begun conducting pilot projects using blockchain. In fact, almost every APQC member I talk to is engaged in some form of digital transformation, with blockchain increasingly being mentioned.

Lessons Learned from Toys R Us: Supply Chain is Key

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In my last blog post, I wrote about the ripple effect of Toys R Us’ bankruptcy filing and subsequent liquidation plans, reported last month. For consumers, including many of my parent friends, the question that is top of mind is which stores have the best discounts during the closeout.