Procurement

How Watson Is Transforming Supply Chain at the 3PL & Supply Chain Summit

According to the recent IBM IBV Global Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) Study, lack of visibility and transparency is the greatest hurdle in achieving a supply chain organization’s objectives. However, big data, analytics, cognitive technology, and blockchain offer potential for significant business value. “Organizations that are able to take advantage of the most important trends […]

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The Future Is Now: Building a Cognitive Supply Chain at ProcureCon IT

The capabilities in emerging cognitive solutions are fundamentally changing the procurement space. There is increasing pressure for procurement leaders to not just improve procurement performance, but also drive overall enterprise success. In other words, while cost savings is highly important, the real value is in procurement-led innovation. Top-performing CPOs are looking for technology to assist […]

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Experience the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Person or Online!

Research shows that as much as 65% of the value of a company’s products or services is derived from its suppliers and the supply chain.[i] From product quality to pricing and availability, your brand’s overall customer experience is largely impacted by how your supply chain functions. Unforeseen disruptions can impact the customer experience, brand affinity, […]

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Blockchain: One Truth Across Networks for the Supply Chain

Ah, blockchain – it’s certainly having a moment, isn’t it? As the backbone of bitcoin, the enigmatic technology first seemed relevant to finance alone. But these days, the possibilities for blockchain are widespread. Healthcare records, music rights, public data – blockchain articles parade all over my Twitter feed. Slowly, but surely, blockchain is clanging its […]

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Bringing Cognitive to Knowledge Management in Supply Chain

“Knowledge is power,” declared Francis Bacon, the English philosopher whose advocacy of the scientific method helped spark the scientific revolution. The famed writer Anton Chekhov joined the historical dialog, noting that, “Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” Dale Carnegie, the American writer, and perhaps the father of corporate training, agreed, […]

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Top Supply Chain Trends for 2017

As much as 65% of the value of a company’s products or services is derived from its suppliers – and its supply chain.[1] Of course, this is dependent on several factors, including the industry in which the company operates. Regardless, this statistic illuminates the supply chain’s value and importance. Global businesses have a significant and […]

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Data Analytics: The Foundation for a Smarter Supply Chain

There’s a lot of buzz around Big Data and data analytics in leading supply chain organizations. But what’s all the buzz about? And how can supply chain organizations apply data analytics to improve their operations and outcomes? In layman’s terms, Big Data is equivalent to “massive amounts of data” or perhaps even “all data.” It […]

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Creating a Thinking Supply Chain for the Cognitive Era

We are in the early days of a promising new technology era – the era of artificial intelligence (AI). AI technologies are no longer the realm of science fiction – nor the sole domain of computer scientists and techies. According to TechRepublic (ZDNet), technology and economics are aligning in a way that puts us at […]

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3 Strategies for Success in the Age of Intelligence

Ardent Partners recently published a report “Cognitive Procurement: The Age of Intelligence,” which examines the field of cognitive computing and discusses how the capabilities in these new and emerging solutions could impact and fundamentally change the procurement industry. The report, sponsored by IBM Watson Supply Chain, is hot off the presses and available for immediate […]

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Quicken Customer Responsiveness – Bring Cognitive Into Your Supply Chain

You’re just back from lunch, and there’s an email from Ted marked “URGENT.” It reads, “Hi Bill, When are we expecting those parts from SupplyCo that we ordered last week? Got an urgent customer order, but I can’t commit a delivery date until I know when we’ll get those parts.” Ted’s a great bloke. But […]

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My Time-Tested 3 Keys to Getting the Most Out of InterConnect

InterConnect 2017 is the ultimate place for IT executives and professionals to learn how to create competitive advantages with B2B integration, managed file transfer, and supply chain solutions. If you’ve already registered, you probably are busy making travel plans and scheduling sessions and activities to fill your agenda. Having been to the last three InterConnect […]

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All for One: A Collective Approach to Customer Engagement

Feeling, perception, memory – hallmarks of humanity. Maybe not the first words that drift to mind when you think supply chain. But they’re the pulse of every brand – the essence of savvy business. “It’s not what you say it is. It’s what they say it is,” bestselling author and communication mastermind Marty Neumeier reminds […]

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