Cecil's Updates

Cecil's Single Version of the Truth

I don't know if you've noticed that I've been silent for the last several weeks. Actually, I hope that you have noticed, but regardless... I've been in a whirlwind frenzy, driving around the country trying to reconcile a variety of versions of what seems to be one story, and it's nearly made me lose my appetite. But only just nearly.

Cecil's Backroads

A couple weeks ago, I was cruising through a section of Central California on my way to a client's offices. Since I had a couple days on my hands, I took a route that bypassed the main highways. On my way, I stopped in for lunch at a local restaurant that I had been to before.

Cecil's Empty Plate

Last week I was in San Jose, California. San Jose is a nice enough town, but when the sun goes down, it's hard to believe that that there are somewhere around 1 million people there. It becomes very empty, at least in the part of town I was staying.

Cecil's Night Out

Like many of you, I was at the UConnect conference in Dallas earlier this month. I had a great time seeing some old friends, some clients, and also meeting some new friends. I stopped by the ec-bp.org booth in the exhibit hall, to say hello to Scott, and noticed that he was giving away a Chumby.

Cecil's Big Breakfast

Last week I was in Albuquerque, working with a client who was nearly as big a fan of local restaurants as I am. We were able to indulge in more than one meal together, but my favorite was our breakfast that was actually more than I could eat. His business issues, however, were easily digested.

Cecil's News Flash

It isn't often that I get to report that an effort to highlight things that should be done differently, result in an actual change to a company's trding practices. And it may be a simple coincidence that Anna's Linens has issued an update that conforms to my colleague, Marlow's suggestions, but change is good, particularly in this case.

Non – Standard EDI data = Failure to Communicate

I love small, local restaurants (in case you didn't already know that). They are typically pragmatic in creating their menus. One of my favorite local diners has possibly the world's greatest chili. They make it somewhere out behind the building, in a secret cauldron. But they admit that they either don't have the skill, or desire to develop their own salad dressings. So they serve Newman's Own dressings, for all the right reasons.

Cecil's (old) Ode

I was driving across the NorthEast this week, contending with the snow and other nasty weather impeding my progress. I pulled into a local truck stop along I-95 to calm my nerves and let the snow plows do their work. I grabbed my notebook (the paper one... not the computer) on the way in, because I had some diagrams I wanted to scribble down. It turned out to be one of my notepads from a few years ago. As I thumbed through the pages, I found this rhyme I wrote. My, how things have changed... or have they?

Cecil's Disclosure

I used to hate when someone asked me the old "Which do you want first, the good news, or the bad news?" I always assumed they really wanted to give me the bad news, and the good news was just filler. So I'm not giving you the bad news, because you've already heard too much of it lately.

Cecil in the Sunshine

Here I am in Southern Ohio once again, working with one of my clients on the expansion of an implementation. I continue to find it interesting that just when I think I'm going to run out of work to do, there's another call for help. I count my self fortunate to have a continuing stream of work. But while I'm in this region, I've found myself gravitating to my old favorite lunch-box; Skyline Chili. I'm pretty certain the 4-way has more content and more calories than the 2-way, but I justify it by believing that I get so much more out of the 4-way.

Cecil's Updates

Cecil T. Wulfe is a long time supply chain industry fixture. He has consulted (and insulted) many companies on how to best use their resources to get the most of their supply chain infrastructure. Cecil pulls no punches in calling out those companies that misuse their authority and their data.

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