Off the Chain: Supply Chain Content You Can Use (May 2016)

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Off the Chain: Supply Chain Content You Can Use

This month APQC’s supply chain management research team is kicking off a regular blog series called Off the Chain. In each post we’ll highlight trending content from APQC’s Knowledge Base that we think you’ll love.

Three Things I Learned at Strata+Hadoop World

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As I mentioned a little over a month ago, I was pretty excited about the chance I was given to attend the Strata+Hadoop World conference in San Jose. It turns out that that anticipation was justified.

Why Integrated Business Planning Gets Tougher as Complexity Grows

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Many organizations have adopted integrated business planning (IBP), but these organizations often don’t realize its full potential. IBP takes sales and operations planning to the next level by incorporating finance and senior leadership. APQC recently asked Dean Sorensen of IBP Collaborative about what prevents manufacturers from adopting fully integrated IBP and how they can move past common mistakes to obtain the full value of integration.

How Organizations Manage Product Costs

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Anyone involved in designing and producing products knows that there are multiple priorities when releasing something new. You not only have to make sure your development project launches on time and on budget, but you also have to make sure that the manufacturing of the product is as cost efficient as possible. That’s why many organizations are adopting a design-to-cost approach for their product development efforts. 

Best Practices for Fueling Supply Chain Efficiency

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APQC recently spoke with Alaster Love, Vice President of Oil and Gas for Transplace, about best practices for fueling supply chain efficiency. Love has been in his role for two years and is responsible for all of Transplace’s commercial efforts.

Analytics Maturity: Getting the Intersections Right

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In any organization, during the early stages of building analytical muscle, there will be competing views on what the maturity ladder looks like. To sort out what’s what, start with a common language for describing how analytics will serve strategic aims of the enterprise as a whole. Avoid being fenced in by groups of skunk works going after radical but narrow innovations. Beware as well that some people speak only in the dialects favored by the IT profession.

Straight Out of Supply Chain- Supply Chain Priorities for 2016

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In January of this year, APQC’s supply chain management research team conducted an annual survey to understand the state of supply chain and its future. The majority of participants in that research have some degree of positivity about the future strategy and direction of their organizations’ supply chain management efforts, which has a lot to do with the priorities organizations are focused on, budgets, and new initiatives for 2016 and beyond.

When Millennials Rule Supply Chain

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As supply chain organizations prepare for impending retirements, there is a growing interest in looking at new ways to attract talent to the supply chain profession. As part of APQC’s Attracting Talent to the Supply Chain research, APQC has been speaking to supply chain professionals about their experiences in the supply chain field as well as what they are looking for in employers.

Eagerly Anticipating My First Data and Analytics Pilgrimage

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As part of my professional plan this year, one of my goals is to increase my expertise in the area of analytics. That’s why I decided to ask my manager to send me to an analytics conference. What better way to bolster my analytics knowledge than to surround myself for 48 hours with world-renowned analytics experts from every industry?