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Our library of supply chain research provides third-party industry insight on a variety of supply chain and S&OP topics.

  • In-memory Databases, Industry Know-how, and Usability: What Really Matters in Supply Chain Planning

    By Joshua Greenbaum, Enterprise Applications Consulting

    The current market attention around in-memory database technology is focused on the possibility that this technology is poised to disrupt key processes in the enterprise by supporting the analysis of unheard-of amounts of data at millisecond speeds. But is in-memory database technology merely one of many enabling technologies that provide a platform for innovation, as opposed to being the innovation itself? This paper covers the results of research into this question and comes to a very interesting conclusion.

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  • Building Market-Driven Value Networks

    By Supply Chain Insights LLC

    Complimentary report courtesy of Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights LLC. The information for this report is based on seven years of research, and work with over 300 companies, in building demand-driven value networks. The genesis of this report is the realization that being demand driven is not sufficient. Instead, companies need to connect market to market.

    This report outlines the concepts of the market-driven value chain that will shape the supply chain of the future, specifically:

    • why market-driven value networks matter,
    • current market drivers,
    • the progression of supply chain process evolution and current gaps,
    • recommendation of how to get started.

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  • How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? (Part 1 & 2)

    By P.J. Jakovljevic, Technology Evaluation Centers

    This two part article reprint provides an overview and opinion on Kinaxis RapidResponse — where it fits and how it compares within the supply chain provider ecosystem.

    Excerpt:

    "It appears that the biggest conceptual difference between the Kinaxis approach and that of the other vendors in this space is that the latter believe that a perfect/optimal plan can be created if only one tries hard enough. And that once the (im)perfect plan has been generated, the organization just needs to execute according to the plan, even to the point of promoting the use of Plan Conformance as a key metric for measuring supply chain performance.

    In contrast, Kinaxis believes that everyone has to plan, but that planning is only the starting point because the plan is never perfect. Since the plan is never perfect it is those other capabilities of monitoring and responding that provide breakthrough performance."

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