Archive for Business Intelligence

Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit

I haven’t attended an industry conference over the past year, or participated in a client meeting, where blockchain — along with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — hasn’t been part of the conversation. In fact, at one conference this spring, after delivering a keynote presentation that had nothing to do with technology, the very […]

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The Data Needed to Transform Supply Chains

Last fall after attending the CSCMP conference in Atlanta, I shared my observation that digital transformation is now a central theme in the industry. Many of you have had the same observation. This isn’t breaking news, but it is new for the industry. Again and again, digitization and data were at the heart of panel […]

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Using Managed Analytics to Build a Next-Generation Supply Chain

For years, supply chain leaders have struggled to achieve a sophisticated level of supply chain visibility that would drive continuous improvement, optimize spend and reduce risk. The advent of transportation management systems (TMS) in the 1990s introduced near-infinite metrics and data points into the supply chain yet brought with it more questions than answers: How […]

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Transportation Business Intelligence: Drowning in Data or Winning with Insights?

Supply chain and logistics professionals face many challenges, including drowning in data! This is especially true in transportation management, as companies work across many modes, many geographies, and many sources of data, including from GPS and mobile devices. There’s a lot of discussion these days about the importance of converting data into actionable intelligence. Why […]

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Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain. And when recent hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires began wreaking havoc, many shippers were left asking themselves: “How have recent natural disasters affected our transportation network?” and “What can we do in the future to mitigate these disruptions?” The key […]

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Before You Hire a Logistics Data Scientist

The digital transformation of supply chains — it’s a phrase you hear a lot these days, but what is different today compared to the late 1990s and early 2000s when the internet, Web, and dotcoms triggered their own business transformations? In other words, haven’t supply chains been digital for a while already? “If you look […]

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