Fran O'Sullivan, general manager of systems, strategy and operations, argues the importance of having a sound strategy in place, to guide companies in their pursuit of excellence. But it's equally important to measure the success of that effort, she says.
Jim Preuninger, chief executive officer of Amber Road, outlines the challenges that companies face, when they seek to integrate product design with sourcing. Their success or failure promise to have a significant impact on the supply chain, he says.
Guy Kawasaki, author, speaker and currently chief evangelist of Canva, discusses what the word "innovation" really means, how companies can embrace the concept, and how they can avoid the perils of "innovation fatigue."
Pervinder Johar, chief executive officer of Steelwedge Software Inc., defines the characteristics of the "next-generation" supply chain, and offers a perspective on how companies are adapting to globalization, "consumerization," and the growing power of social networks.
Making the case for supply chain is both an art and a science, says Michael Dominy, vice president and chief of research with Gartner. He explains how supply-chain executives can communicate the message both up and down the organizational structure, and handle the sometimes-touchy issue of change management.
What is supply-chain segmentation? How can it help companies to better manage the flow of product and services, both upstream from suppliers and downstream to customers? Jennifer Loveland, research director of Gartner, has some answers.
Every start-up faces the moment when growth demands a more complex organization. But how does a company stay agile, innovative and non-bureaucratic while making that transition? Alex Pierroutsakos, vice president of supply chain and analytics with Stellium, Inc., offers some advice.
How should companies approach the challenge of end-to-end transformation? What exactly does the process encompass? And what are the benefits of a successful initiative? Michael Albritton, director of AlixPartners, supplies the answers.
Jade Rodysill, principal in the supply-chain practice of EY, details the challenges that supply-chain managers will face in the coming years. He also talks about the requirements of a great leader, and answers the question "Is there a 'best' supply chain?"