Countdown to Kinexions ’17: FOMO and supply chain stories that inspire

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Recently, I was asked to write an email with a FOMO theme. Admittedly I had no clue what this meant (maybe it’s an age thing?). Then my mind wandered to the gutter because it starts with the letter “F.” Then I asked Mr. Google who never lets me down – and he didn’t. FOMO is short form for “Fear of missing out.” It’s really the fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great. Well, speaking of events and something great, that’s exactly what Kinexions ’17 promises to be. Hey, on that note, check out this little snippet!

If you read my last blog post, you know that Kinexions is the premier supply chain conference event for our RapidResponse® user community. It’s two jam-packed days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners. This year, Kinexions takes place Oct. 10 and 11 in Orlando, Fla. And, thankfully, it’s all systems go – despite Irma’s recent visit. I’ve already given you a sneak peek into some of the inspiring stories our customers will share, including Honeywell, Schneider Electric and Lippert Components. Today, I’m going to give you a preview of three more. Merck: Node-to-node planning vs. E2E supply chain visibility While many multinational companies struggle with moving to a single instance ERP platform, the challenge isn’t just developing node-to-node planning capabilities. It’s truly being able to connect interdependent globally managed end-to-end (E2) supply chains in real time, and it’s a differentiator in today’s competitive environment. This session covers how RapidResponse is proving extremely useful in making the difference not only in terms of supply chain optimization, but also in ensuring Merck can always meet patient needs! S&OP & concurrent planning with Jabil  As a contract manufacturing company, it’s critical for Jabil’s S&OP process to support customers’ demands by generating a feasible master production schedule and inventory strategy that deliver required service levels – all while considering capacity and materials constraints. Since Jabil is a highly diversified company, the solution needs to be flexible to accommodate many planning models and calendars, as well as respond to multiple demand changes on the fly. This session explores how Jabil leveraged RapidResponse’s concurrent planning capabilities to change their S&OP process. Easing the complexity of AMD's supply chain planning AMD, developer of computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets, relied on an in-house built MRP engine to provide a weekly supply plan and support its complex needs. When it became apparent the company needed to move from a linear programming approach to a heuristic rules-based engine, some out-of-the-box thinking was required. This session covers AMD’s quest for performance and quality as they leveraged and configured RapidResponse to manage their supply chain complexities. To check out the full conference agenda, including breakouts, networking opportunities and post-conference product training, visit the Kinexions '17 website. If you’re part of our RapidResponse user community and haven’t yet registered for Kinexions ‘17, there’s still time. It would be a shame if the conference came and went and you found yourself suffering from a bad case of event FOMO!

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