Archive for IT Trends

Getting the Balance Right on IT Investments

According to a United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued last week: Federal legacy IT investments are becoming increasingly obsolete: many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported. Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old. For example, the Department of […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Well, my big audacious prediction for 2015 did not come true. Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. And business relationships did not become more Vested this year — if anything, they reverted back to being “win-lose” arrangements (see Walmart’s Message to Suppliers: Talk to the Hand and […]

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“1+1=3” Opportunities in Logistics (Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2015 Conference)

The theme of this year’s Descartes Evolution 2015 Global User & Partner Conference, held in May in Miami, Florida, was “Logistics Integration — What’s Next?” It was an appropriate theme for Descartes, a company that has grown and evolved its solution footprint significantly over the past decade, with 28 acquisitions since 2005, including 7 acquisitions […]

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Google Will Acquire a 3PL – And Other Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2015

“We will see $300 a barrel — or roughly $250 in today’s dollars — because oil supply will be so short. If you want that oil, that’s what you will have to pay for it. That will be in 2015, after the peak of oil [supply].” Charles Maxwell, a well-known analyst at Weeden & Co., […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 27-31, 2014)

The last time I really got dressed up for Halloween was more than twenty years ago, when my friend Ralph and I transformed ourselves into members of the Blue Man Group. Being engineers, we even came up with a way to shoot silly string from our chests. It was a great costume, and we looked great […]

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Process Industry Moving Up the Supply Chain Maturity Curve

I often joke that if you work in the process industry, you don’t feel a lot of love from supply chain analysts and publications because they focus so much on what’s happening in retail, high tech, and consumer goods. But there are a lot of interesting supply chain trends, challenges, and opportunities in the process […]

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