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Kinaxis Showcases Digital Innovations at Kinexions ‘18

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Kinaxis® Inc. (TSX:KXS), provider of RapidResponse®, the recognized leader in digital supply chain management for concurrent planning, today kicks off its annual user conference in National Harbor, MD. The conference brings together more than 400 end users, prospects, partners, analysts, and staff to connect and discuss best practices, share knowledge, participate in instructor-led training, and learn how to accelerate the journey towards an end-to-end digital supply chain. 

Driven by the theme of “digitize, transform, and revolutionize,” Kinexions ’18 will feature interactive demos, customer-led breakouts, and inspiring keynotes and general sessions including presentations by leading supply chain companies like Lippert Components, Keysight, SigmaPoint Technologies, and Boston Scientific. It is also the premier showcase for the latest in Kinaxis innovation including: 

  • Augmented intelligence – a comprehensive suite of augmented planning intelligence algorithms, including smart forecast model selection, continuous delivery improvement, and automated sourcing intelligence, which helps make better sourcing and substitution decisions while considering material and capacity constraints. These tools help companies improve asset utilization, overall supply chain efficiency, and customer delivery, all leading to a distinct competitive advantage. 
  • Self-Healing Supply Chain – using purpose-built machine learning technology to surface complex dependencies and patterns across billions of data elements driving supply chain performance. The Self-Healing Supply Chain closes the gaps between expected and real-world performance and is critical in predicting revenues, satisfying customer demands, and maximizing financial performance.
  • Extended network synchronization – delivering fast, simple connectivity of every data source across the organization from internal transactional systems like SAP, Oracle or Salesforce to customer and supplier ecosystems and emerging technologies such as IoT devices. With batch, real-time and message-based transfers for inbound and outbound flows, customers can choose which method works best for each data source, resulting in having the right information, from the right source, at the right time to make the best decisions. 
  • Digital + Human experience – leveraging robotic process automation to free planners from repetitive, time-consuming tasks and empower them to focus on what matters most. This includes closed loop supply planning, which automatically corrects supply and demand imbalances directly in execution systems, involving planners only when the system detects high impact exceptions.

“Digital transformations are becoming critical to countering industry disrupters and provide significant competitive benefits and new market opportunities. Our continued innovation is helping our customers drive improved agility and productivity and puts their supply chains at the center of the digital enterprise,” said John Sicard, CEO of Kinaxis. “Kinexions is a perfect opportunity to bring together the global Kinaxis network to discuss ideas and implementation best practices, and create a community that shares resources and supports each other’s success as we journey toward that transformation.”

In addition to executive thought leadership and customer and product expert presentations, Kinaxis is pleased to welcome Adam Grant, psychologist, professor, and author on ‘Original Thinkers’; Megan J. Smith, CEO shift7, 3rd US CTO; and Tricia Wang, co-founder, Sudden Compass and Global Tech Ethnographer and speaker on ‘Thick Data’ as keynote speakers on the Kinexions ’18 mainstage. 

Platinum sponsors of Kinexions ’18 include Accenture, Barkawi Management Consultants, Deloitte, and mSE Solutions and Gold sponsors are Aline Consulting, Cognizant, and Prana Consulting. 

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements include statements as to Kinaxis' growth opportunities and the potential benefits of, and demand for, Kinaxis’ products and services. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including our view of the relative position of Kinaxis' products and services compared to competitive offerings in the industry. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Kinaxis' actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements. Risk factors that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of Kinaxis to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in the public documents filed by Kinaxis with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Kinaxis assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

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