Welcome to E2open Blogs!, an interactive forum where the E2open community can exchange ideas about the latest trends, technologies, and topics of contention in the supply chain world. Here's where we share relevant news, useful insights, industry best practices, and lessons learned in the field—and we welcome your feedback and participation. Comment, ask questions, make recommendations, and collaborate with us to solve today’s most pressing supply chain challenges.
According to a recent Gartner announcement, IT market dynamics are changing rather quickly. Despite a healthy IT investment climate, competition among vendors and services providers is driving down pricing, especially when it relates to cloud-based offerings. What does this mean for the worldwide supply chain management and procurement software market?
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at E2open, to say the least. We’re always looking for new ways to address the challenges your business is facing, which is what inspired our big announcement from last month: our acquisition of SERUS Corporation. This is big news, as the combined SERUS and E2open technologies will offer the broadest end-to-end view of your supply chain of any product on the market today.
It’s official. World Cup fever has taken over our office. I recently read that almost one ninth of the world’s population (!) will be watching the final match of the World Cup next week, and it got me to thinking. For the world’s most watched sports event, (That’s right – it draws an even larger audience than the Olympic Games), there are countless moving parts that have to be in sync, which pose quite the unique set of circumstances for supply chains.
There’s been quite the airshow happening lately in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. While aerospace is flying high with record profits, defense is staying closer to the ground in the general atmosphere of belt-tightening following the global financial crisis.
In my previous post about centers of excellence (CoE), I outlined some of the common challenges that we see having an impact on whether a CoE succeeds or fails. Now, I’d like to focus on the central role of technology in enabling successful CoEs and helping to deliver a single source of truth for all stakeholders, both internal and external, to work from.
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a Silicon Valley APICs meeting, where Intel’s Strategic Planning Manager, John Dawson, shared his thoughts on how to reach the “holy grail” of supply chain management: end-to-end visibility across the entire supply chain.
Even though enterprises have been implementing sales and operations planning (S&OP) programs to better anticipate and synchronize supply and demand for more than 30 years, the success of such initiatives still eludes many.
The road to collaborative S&OP can have many twists and turns. For those of us lucky enough to learn from the experiences of others, we can often get a preview to the factors we should really consider – in advance. And when those individuals sharing their views are recent winners of the Manufacturing Leadership Awards from Frost & Sullivan, it’s a rare opportunity to get actionable insights for the rest of us.
When discussing how to get closer to consumers, Pervinder Johar of HP had us think about the speed and agility that is required – whether it’s from new product introductions, new distribution centers or new manufacturing partners – to drive time to market and time to value. A key ingredient in all of this is the move to real-time information, such as shifting suppliers away from batch uploads and toward a more responsive model to enable quick action on demand signals, removing the liability of excess inventory. So how is such a radical shift possible? The answer lies in the cloud.
I was a guest panelist recently on an EBN live chat on The Future of Direct Procurement, along with Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer at Spend Matters, and host Hailey Lynn McKeefry, managing editor of EBNOnline. We fielded questions from supply chain professionals exploring how to close the gap between current practices and the demands of today's business climate. The entire session transcript may be found at EBN, but I thought I would share with you some edited excerpts of the live chat.