Editor's Blog

Hazards of Big Data

big data profitsI've harped on the use of big data in the supply chain a few times already. In fact, historically one of the issues with the supply chain in general and EDI specifically is the amount of data generated by the plethora of transactions moving between trading partners. And as the demands for visibility increase so does the number and complexity of the documents.

Special Infrastructure Update (video)

virtual computingTechnology is always changing. The current trend is to move more of what was once entirely populated by local and discrete computing devices to virtual instances. The results can be significantly beneficial in terms of management as well as lowering expenses. There are of course, arguments on both sides - some well founded and some strictly based on opinion. The video below takes a lighthearted view of the differences.

GXS - A New Start? Again?

gxs opentextIn the same year that Francisco Partners LP declared "We carried out a market check with JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and although the valuations we received were reasonable, we did not think they were compelling for us to sell GXS at this moment," roughly that same amount was enough for OpenText to acquire the company. It could be that Francisco Partners simply tired of the slow pace of recovering its investment or that its own investors didn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Supply Chain IS Big Data

Big-Data-And-The-Supply-ChainWith all the chatter and excitement about Big Data it's easy for supply chain folks to look on with wonder about what all the talk is about. But in fact, the supply chain is the source of a tremendous amount of big data. Certainly all those purchase orders, ASNs, and invoices constitute a lot of data passing between organizations, but that's not the end of the line.

Backup and Security - A Lost Priority

insecurityOne of the first things to do when a computer system is implemented is to make a backup. This probably seems like a simple statement, and one that any enterprise serious about keeping their business alive has accounted for and has put on auto-pilot. But that's exactly the point. Every business has dedicated staff that is fully engaged with the business of their business, and that includes keeping the business functions running despite system failures. But what if those failures take place outside your own walls.

Getting IT Together

EDI-integrationSupply chain connectivity, transparency, visibility, and overall success depends on connecting the various pieces of your company's IT infrastructure. And yes, EDI is a segment of IT. It's also a segment of logistics, accounting, marketing, and several other functions but since it depends on the movement of data, EDI falls under the broad definition of IT - Information Technology. So how are your IT components connected?

RFID's Undeniable Advantages

rfid tagWe've been exploring supply chain visibility for some time, and most of the discussion has been around the transactions and understanding the status of the goods as well as the status of the various documents that accompany and enable the transactions. But there's an even deeper level of transparency that is inching its way into the supply chain even though the overall consensus is that there are too many obstacles in the way of full deployment. The use of RFID tags for nearly every consumer product may well be approaching reality.

Omnichannel - A Mindset and a Challenge

omnichannel shoppingOmnichannel is all around us and consumers are taking advantage of at least a part of it. At the same time they are being frustrated by the lack of integration between the increasing number of shopping tools they have at their disposal. The gap between identifying what they want to buy in the online world and making that  purchase in a store is cavernous. So what does the normal consumer do? They buy online.

Omnichannel Explorations

thumb omnichannelWe've heard about and talked about the challenges that surround omnichannel markets. Many companies are struggling with understanding the concepts, and that's understandable because it affects nearly every company whether retailer, supplier, or manufacturer, and it creates potential competitors at multiple levels of the supply chain.

The Supply Chain as US Congress

congressEarlier this year Aberdeen Group published their report: "Supply Chain Visibility" in which they made some interesting observations and assertions. Among the findings reported were some very basic statistics that reflect a growing interest in visibility: "63% of respondents indicated supply chain visibility (SCV) as a high priority for improvement, with an additional 28% indicating it was a medium priority." If that's the case, why are we not further along in the implementation of the right tools?

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The ec-bp Editor's Blog is Scott Koegler's forum for communicating with readers of ec-bp.com. If you're involved in managing the supply chain in any way check Scott Koegler's posts for updates on significant events and an ever-evolving commentary on best practices in the supply chain.

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