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Supply Chain Visibility: Avoiding Short-Sighted Goals

By Kinaxis

The goal of supply chain visibility should lead you down a path to data connectivity, not just information gathering. By addressing the connectivity challenge in a way that gives quick access to multi-enterprise supply chain information, supply chain teams can not only solve their visibility challenge but also enable core supply chain capabilities which help them to address today’s top business challenges.

Overcoming 5 Roadblocks to Supply Chain Success

By Kinaxis

Supply chain success or failure these days depends on how quickly you can understand a situation and respond to it. Unfortunately, many supply chain processes and tools weren’t designed to deal effectively with ongoing cycles of change and compromise.

In this paper, we look at 5 roadblocks to supply chain success and discuss how to overcome them by taking a different approach to managing your supply chain.

Achieving Supply Chain Visibility in Multi tier Environments

By Kinaxis

The loss of supply chain visibility as a result of outsourcing manufacturing operations is of real concern to OEMs. But it's the subsequent loss of control over the coordination of activities across the multi-tier supply chain that is creating the most risk and chaos for brand owners.

A tactical exchange of data node-by-node through the global supply chain is no longer sufficient to achieve true collaboration between brand owners and suppliers in today's volatile business environment. What is required is a holistic, end-to-end supply chain planning and response management system, where everyone can understand the consequences of decisions up and down the supply chain.

S&OP for Business Orchestration: Four Requirements for Making the Transformation

By Kinaxis

Traditional S&OP, as a serial piece-process, has proven to lead to ineffective and inefficient planning cycles that drive less than maximized value for the enterprise. As a result, a different interpretation and expectation for S&OP is emerging that entails better goals and broader competencies. In this paper, learn more about:

  • Acknowledging and Adapting to Plan Variance
  • Real Time “What-if” for Tradeoff Analysis
  • Financial Impact Analysis to Drive Profitable Decisions
  • An Information Layer for End-to-End Process Enablement

Diagnosing the Impact of Life Sciences Trends on the Supply Chain

By Kinaxis

Needing to deliver to diverse customer expectations while coordinating an extended supply chain in an environment of constant change is the current reality for Life Sciences industry companies. And there is growing evidence that existing technology architectures are not satisfying the capability needs for this new, complex world. 

This paper discusses:

  • The 5 Drivers of Supply Chain Complexity
  • The 7 Supply Chain Process that Need to Deliver
  • The Technology Solution Requirements


Supply Chain Risk Management: Knowing the Risks — Mitigating and Responding for Success

By Kinaxis

The last few years have seen significant events around the world that have only heightened the awareness of how detrimental risk can be to the business. This has caused supply chain risk management to become front and center in organizations' minds. But the question is… are we looking at risk in the right way?


An Integrated Approach to Global Capacity Management for Automotive Manufacturers

By Kinaxis

Globalization of the supply chain, constrained supply and uneven demand necessitate that global automotive manufacturers align capacity with projected demand on a global basis.

Unfortunately for most automotive manufacturers, their processes and systems aren't able to meet this challenge. Their supply chain continues to get more complex, but is currently planned and managed by disparate regional systems. These silos of information make it impossible to plan and manage their global supply chain dynamically in response to updated demand forecasts and capacity constraints. And those that leverage optimization-based planning systems on a local level are finding that this approach is not feasible at the global level.


An Integrated Approach to Project Management: Modeling projects and the supply chain together in one environment

By Kinaxis

This paper describes an integrated approach to project management, which enables an organization to:

  • model all their projects and their entire supply chain together in one environment;
  • model the payment terms, penalty and bonus clauses of a contract to fully reflect the impact a project schedule will have on expected cash-flow;
  • perform 'what-if' simulation to enable project planners and sponsors to understand the implications of various project planning scenarios under consideration (such as allocating more resources to one project versus another or mitigating the impact of a supply disruption).