Archive for September, 2009

The Keys To Wal-Mart’s Supply Chain Success

September 28, 2009

Wal-Mart’s Senior VP of International Supply Chain, Gary Maxwell, spoke at the CSCMP annual conference in Chicago this week about what Wal-Mart looks for when designing their supply chain. With an eye to the future and a firm grasp on the present, Wal-Mart meticulously engineers the supply chain to efficiently meet the needs of their customers. According to Maxwell, “to run a truly thorough and efficient supply chain, you need to start with inventory and look at how you can carry less inventory and turn it faster”. The following article from Logistics Management gives a concise overview of Maxwell’s advice.

CSCMP 2009: Wal-mart’s Maxwell cites keys to developing best-in-market global supply chains

Meeting customer expectations, understanding the market, and sustainability are major action items, says supply chain executive

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor — Logistics Management, 9/25/2009

CHICAGO—In a speech that focused on various aspects of global supply chain management, Wal-mart Senior Vice President, International Supply Chain Gary Maxwell said that understanding what a customer needs is key when designing a fluid supply chain.


Make Your Exisitng Systems Work For You

September 23, 2009

David Edwards . Operations Professionals

All too often companies struggle with the same issues every day. Everyone involved with the issue is just too busy putting out the raging flames driven by these issues to stop and eliminate it at the source. And in a large majority of cases, the tools to eliminate the source are right under their noses. Sophisticated ERP, SCM and WMS systems have been implemented, but for a variety of reasons are not being used to their full potential. Companies waste mountains of precious time, energy, and money fighting problems that could be eliminated if they just used their existing systems to their fullest potential. The following article details some of the most common reasons for this lack of utilization, and offers some simple advice for getting your money’s worth from the software investment you have already made.

Read The Full Article Here: Driving Business Process Improvement with Software You Already Own

Written by Marek Omilian    
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 

Many companies struggle to realize the full value of their software investments. Whether due to unclear business requirements, lack of user awareness, organizational resistance to change, or not leveraging existing software to address new business requirements, a significant amount of software functionality goes unused. To tackle this problem you should consider conducting a Business Process Improvement (BPI) planning engagement to unlock your software’s full potential. BPI engagements provide a structured framework to analyze and address business problems you face every day, driving cost savings and additional value from software you already own.

Leading The Way With BPI – Who’s In Control

September 23, 2009

In this article from, the struggle for control of the BPI process between IT and the business units being examined is discussed in depth. While IT has the expertise in the tools and techniques of BPI, business units resist  change processes that are not led by their own organizations. Successful BPI initiatives that are led by IT have been executed in organizations where IT leadership has recognized the need for IT to closely collaborate with and serve the business units. It’s in their best interest to do so because BPM is at the center of so much IT activity. Says Burlton, “Process is so important right now because it is the linchpin of all these other things we’ve talked about for years: ERP, CRM [and now SOA]. Process holds everything together.”

Who Controls Business Process Improvement

By Meridith Levinson

November 01, 2006 — CIO

 In the 1990s, Michael Hammer and James Champy’s blockbuster book, Reengineering the Corporation, set off a tidal wave of business process improvement initiatives throughout corporate America. The two management gurus showed that redesigning a company’s processes, structure and culture could lead to a dramatic increase in performance. But a lack of attention to change management and the impact of these initiatives on employees yielded counterproductive results in many companies that tried to put Hammer’s and Champy’s ideas into practice.

Business Intelligence – Mining Your Data For Gold

September 19, 2009

A recent article from Supply and Demand Chain magazine details the results of a recent study conducted by IBM. If you are working to develop meaningful information from the mountains of data you collect every day, you are not alone.

What’s on Your CIO’s Mind? Analytics, Analytics, Analytics

IBM study highlights business intelligence as top priority as today’s chief information officers focus on becoming more strategic, enabling business growth By Editorial Staff

Above (from YouTube): IBM CIO Pat Toole comments on a new global study of more than 2,500 Chief Information Officers (CIOs).

Armonk, NY — September 18, 2009 — Leveraging analytics to gain a competitive advantage and improve business decision-making is now the top priority for CIOs, according to a new study of more than 2,500 chief information officers by IBM.

via – Article – What’s on Your CIO’s Mind? Analytics, Analytics, Analytics.

Leading The Way

September 18, 2009

I got an email from a valued client this morning, it was a classic, a little story someone had sent him that he felt compelled to forward on to his close contacts. I have to share it here:


What does the future hold for us as individuals, companies, a nation, or a global community? The answer depends on us. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.