'Tis the season for events, and Kinaxis folks are raking in the frequent flyer miles as a result! Here's where we are at in the coming week. Happening right now, we're exhibiting at the APICS Best of the Best S&OP Conference in Chicago. If you are there, be sure to stop by table #12 - we'll be doing live product demos throughout the day. We are also proud to be a platinum sponsor of the SCM World Leaders Forum, which will be held June 17-19 at The Grove in London, England. The SCM World Leaders Forum is an annual closed-door retreat for the world's supply chain and procurement elite, bringing together the most influential C-level executives from the global business community. Speaking during the Kinaxis sponsored session is Jim Rowan, former COO of RIM, on the topic of:
Value Chain Architecture as a Competitive Weapon: A Discussion on the Future Design of Value Chains As the saying goes, “The early bird catches the worm;” however, “the second mouse gets the cheese.” Designing a supply chain that is fast and effective, yet protects against unforeseen risks is no longer a differentiator, it has become table stakes. The value chains of the future will not only provide speed and risk mitigation, they will transform today’s cumbersome weekly management meetings into “real time” S&OP discussions centered around exception-driven dashboards delivered via wireless technology directly to the CEO. This is beyond the cloud — this is using value chain architecture as a competitive weapon.
“The Myth of the One Number Plan” For some time, there has been a movement to drive the entire organization from a single operating number, usually the budget. In theory, that is a good thing, as long as you have the right number. The budget is what the company wants or wishes to happen; very seldom is it what is going to happen. For that matter, so is the sales forecast. Learn how range planning can reduce risks and breed a more profitable operation by working on the premise that being ‘roughly right’ is far better than being ‘precisely wrong’
If you are at any of these events, please be sure to drop by, or email us to set up an onsite meeting.