Come join us in a Technical Exchange with experts from the IBM ILOG Optimization and Supply Chain Support team.
When: June 12, 2013 at 08:00 Pacific, 11:00 Eastern, 17:00 CET
Format: Webinar (see link for details: http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/scheduled_tech_exchange_detail/software/websphere/websphere_brand_support_%28general%29?exchangeDetailKey=B131663R06854P64 )
Numerical difficulty is a common issue that occurs with CPLEX applications. While there are algorithms in CPLEX that can help address this at some level, this presentation focuses on separate techniques that the modeller can use to improve performance when working with real-world, noisy data.
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June 12: Technical Exchange with experts from the IBM ILOG Decision Optimization and Supply Chain Support team
Come join us in a Technical Exchange with experts from the IBM ILOG Optimization and Supply Chain Support team.
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Join our monthly IBM ILOG Supply Chain Management Virtual User Group (VUG) sessions. These 1-hour meetings are a quick way to brush up on your IBM ILOG supply chain modeling skills, meet other people using the products, ask questions to the community, and learn about what's new. These sessions will be led by our experts and have plenty of time for discussions and Q&A.
May 4th 2001:
Topic: "Applying Supply Chain Analytics: Benefits of a Central Group"
This talk addresses the value firms can achieve by deploying advanced supply chain analytics and how a group should be structured. We will use case studies and recent events to highlight the value from business analytics such as network and inventory optimization. We will discuss how 3M Corporation is organized to deploy this capability.
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How Smarter Inventory Analytics Solve the "Out-of-Stock" Scenario for CPG Supply Chains
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time: 11:30 ET, 10:30 CT, 9:30 MT and 8:30 PT
Place: Your PC
Fulfilling the Three A's: Adaptability, Agility and Alignment
In the recent years, we have seen a transformation in consumer behavior. The use of social media allows consumers to exchange thoughts; the migration from controlled media and monitored media. Easy information access combined with more educated consumers is making promotion planning more important. Finally, the chase for "value" is not only changing the timing of purchases but also location and brand. All these changes on the demand side are forcing consumer products companies to think about supply side in terms of: Demand Driven Supply Networks.
The supply chains are being transformed into complex supply networks with the introduction of co-packers, co-manufacturers and service providers. Commodity price increases and fluctuations are adding to volatility and margin pressures. Overall, changing consumer behavior, and increases in complexity, globalization and cost reduction pressures all force consumer products supply chains to fulfill the three A's: Adaptability, Agility and Alignment.
The crux of these strategies relies upon the application of Business Analytics to help close the gap between planning and execution. In this case, Closed-Loop Dynamic Inventory Optimization is leveraged to set appropriate inventory targets throughout the global supply chain and ensure that the right products are positioned in front of the right customers at the right time.
Closed-Loop Dynamic Inventory Optimization is a core process that regularly tunes policies across the supply chain to keep inventory closely aligned with changing conditions. But, the organizational value of such an approach goes beyond the more obvious metrics of improving service levels, order lead times, and inventory positioning. For example:
The application of Business Analytics on top of traditional supply chain planning and execution solutions gives CP Manufacturers the unprecedented ability to continuously improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance the customer experience.
Michael S. Watson, Ph.D., WW Optimization & Supply Chain Lead at IBM,
Remzi Ural, Global Supply Chain Management Solutions Lead, Consumer Products Industry at IBM
SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore.
DC Velocity Videocast: IBM Cloud Computing Optimization and Analytics in the Transportation Industry
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Question: What is IBM Cloud Computing Optimization and Analytics?
IBM Watson Answer: Learn how companies are dealing with transformative events in their logistics network and managing uncertainty in a turbulent market.
Despite the turmoil of the transportation market there are advanced technologies to help steward firms through rate hikes, oil prices, driver shortage, congestion, and capacity constraints while managing today's network complexities.
The imperative for companies who want to outpace competitors is to reconsider how they apply optimization to take advantage of limited resources. Executives are looking to technology solutions to provide the tools they need for daily execution and long term strategic transportation decisions.
Executives Walter Heil and Dan Vanden Brink will discuss how the application of business analytics in conjunction with "as a Service" (SaaS) Transportation Management Systems helps optimize distribution and logistics decisions capabilities to:
This webcast was recorded on the show floor at ProMat 2011.
Registration is not required for this free event.
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On April 26th, Sterling Commerce, an IBM Company is sponsoring an Aberdeen Group webinar on Inbound Transportation Management: The Convergence of Planning, Optimization, and Dynamic Execution. Register today!
Inbound Transportation Focus –
· WalMart’s Inbound supply chain collaboration initiative is one additional factor driving change- (Kelly Abney, WalMart VP Corporate Transportation presented a keynotes on this initiative during Aberdeen’s 2010 and 2011 Supply Chain Summit).
· Gaining visibility and control of inbound transportation management is prerequisite and central to…
· Organizations lacking inbound control are blind to shipment details within the transportation pipeline.
Learn how leading companies (those with highest percentages of Inbound Freight under control) are focusing on new Inbound Technologies to address challenges and take action. They are:
· 2.8 to 5.8 –times as likely to leverage enhanced planning optimization –leading companies are converging planning processes with robust automation to support on-the-fly decision-making
· 1.2 to 2.5 –times as likely to automate dynamic optimization and near real-time visibility with optimization of execution within their processes.
and as we look for insights around best practices and review specific examples
of strategic technology advancement around inbound collaboration.
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Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time: 11:30 EST, 10:30 CST, 9:30 MST, and 8:30 PST
Optimization in and of itself is nothing new but it is
often overlooked by Line of Business and Information Technology
professionals since many instances of it are embedded inside "classic
supply chain management applications". Optimization allows companies to
make sense of the massive amounts of data across the extended
enterprise. By applying this data in unique and innovative ways, firms
can optimize business outcomes by anticipating, controlling and adapting
to a dynamically changing and chaotic environment, using the insights
from visibility, analytics and trading partner collaboration to direct
and control operations more intelligently.
With the advent of "Optimization 3.0", firms now have the ability to layer or integrate key advanced analytics technology on top of existing supply chain planning and execution systems to support both long-term (strategic) and short-term (tactical) planning goals as well as detailed scheduling while continuously improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and ultimately enhancing the overall customer fulfillment experience. This new combination of State-of-the-Art advanced analytics and B2B integration gives businesses the unprecedented ability to quickly model and solve across the most complex systems and implement solutions in near real-time, creating truly adaptive supply chains.
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Don't miss ILOG Optimization and Supply Chain at these must attend IBM and INFORMS events: http://www.kingfishmedia.net/emails/IBM/2.24b.html
If you’ve paid much
attention lately, the topic of “smart supply chains” is currently in vogue. But what is a smart
supply chain, exactly? And are you trying to build one at your
company? The idea of smart or
intelligent supply chains has been around for some time – more on that in just a
bit. However, part (but by no means all) of the recent reanimated discussion
about smart supply chains has come from the efforts of IBM, which has made
“smarter” supply chains one of its key marketing messages.
In a report IBM released last year summarizing surveys and interviews with hundreds of senior supply chain executives (promoted in many venues since then, including SCDigest), IBM said that “To deal effectively with risk and meet your business objectives, we believe supply chains must become a lot smarter,” and called on Chief Supply Chain Officers to start building to that new vision right now. Read the full story online at SCDigest.com.
Webcast: Building A Smarter Supply Chain - Positioning Your Business for Economic Recovery and Growth
Register today: http://www.sctvchannel.com/Videocast_Building_Smarter_Supply_Chain.php
Join IBM Optimization and Supply Chain experts on March 30, 2010 for the webcast: Building a Smarter Supply Chain: Learn how to position your business for recovery and growth with better supply chain decision-making using next generation supply chain optimization.
Is your business positioned for recovery? Are your supply chain strategies flexible enough to manage a rapidly changing and volatile economic landscape? Join IBM ILOG Optimization & Supply Chain experts to learn how optimization technology supports flexible business strategies that enable companies to reduce costs today and prepare for growth tomorrow.
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Yesterday, IBM published its 2009 annual report. In the Letter From the Chairman, IBM lays out its growth opportunities for 2010. It lists fours strategic areas for investment. Analytics and Smarter Planet are two of those four areas.
For Analytics, there is great amount of data available and organizations who take advantage of this information will unlock tremendous value. The letter notes:
IBM is moving quickly to capitalize on this promise. We have built the industry’s premier analytics practice, with 4,000 consultants, mathematicians and researchers, as well as leading-edge software capabilities
Of course, this fits with the opportunity IBM sees with its Smarter Planet initiative. In fact, the letter points out some benefits retailers have seen.
Four leading retailers have reduced supply chain costs by up to 30 percent, reduced inventory levels by up to 25 percent, and increased sales up to 10 percent. They’ve done so by analyzing customer buying behaviors, aligning merchandising assortments with demand and building end-to-end visibility across their entire supply chain.
A good example of how this IBM strategy comes together is through our shelf space optimization solution. In this solution, we help retailers place their products in the right place in the store-- from how the store should be laid out, how much space should be given to each products, and where the products should be on the shelf (for example, determining which products are at eye-level). This solution leverages our advanced optimization capability (to determine the placement), our advanced statistical capability (to predict and analyze detailed sales data), and our rules technology (to maintain the system since different regions and stores may be unique in their requirements).
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This week’s Economist magazine has a special report on the “the data deluge.” The report points out:
“According to one estimate, mankind created 150 exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data in 2005. This year, it will create 1,2000 exabytes. Merely keeping up with this flood, and storing the bits that might be useful, is difficult enough. Analysing it, to spot patterns and extract useful information, is harder still. Even so, the data deluge is already starting to transform business…”
The article notes that the retailers are one of the leaders in amassing this data. For example:
“Wal-Mart, a retail giant, handles more than 1m customer transactions every hour, feeding databases estimated at more than 2.5 petabytes.” (A petabyte is 1m gigabytes)
Of course, this article fits nicely within IBM’s Smarter Planter. Smarter Planet’s big ideas are that the world’s systems will be instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent.
In IBM, the group behind this blog works on solutions to help firms make more intelligent decisions with this data. Often, due to the number of possible choices, optimization-based technology is the only way to get value from the information you’ve collected.
For example, for retailers we’ve worked with, they have taken advantage of the data in a variety of ways:
1. Determining what items should be stocked at a store, how the store should be laid out, and where the SKU’s should be on the shelf—this helps retailers increase store revenue and profitability.
2. Determining how the warehouses and stores should best be replenished, how the workforce should be scheduled, how products should flow through the supply chain, locating the warehouses, and routing trucks--- this helps retailers take costs of their supply chain.
In each of these cases, simply analyzing the data was not going to be good enough to extract value from it to give the retailer a strategic advantage.
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The IBM Smarter Supply Chain Management briefing is coming to Toronto on March 4th, 2010! Save the date!
Join us on March 4 at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre's Caledon Room, to learn how your business can take advantage of these proven supply chain strategies and tactics to help improve bottom line profits:
1) Optimizing S&OP Processes
- Generate real value to the business
- Create significant improvement in KPIs
2) Leveraging Network Design to Create Lean Supply Chains
- Help reduce costs and better manage risks
- Develop efficient production and scheduling systems as more products are moved to the same plant
3) Improving Operational Efficiency
- Optimize the production process to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce inventory
- Use a dynamic safety stock approach to improve supply chain flexibility
This one-day event for business executives and supply chain practitioners will focus on both the strategic and tactical decisions that are impacted by the current business environment. Thought leaders from industry and academia will discuss the challenges and circumstances that are driving the need for business solutions that optimize overall supply chain costs, free up working capital, and improve service levels.
Date & Location:
Thursday, March 4th
Intercontinental Toronto Centre
255 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2X3 Canada