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Elusive Integration: Linking Sales and Operations Planning

September 12, 2005

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Mapping customer delivery requirements against the realities of supply chain capability is often an endless source of friction. Demand forecasts are constantly changing, customer needs are ever more specific, and service requirements are rising in every industry. Growing overseas sourcing makes seasonal fluctuations tougher and places greater stress on intra- and inter-organizational communications. Supply chain integration has long promised to smooth the wrinkles between sales and operations planning.

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ActivCard: Identity Assurance and Digital Credential Management

September 12, 2005

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Company Summary ActivCard (Nasdaq: ACTI) is a leading provider of identity assurance solutions that when integrated into an identity management system, allow customers to issue, use and manage trusted digital identities. ActivCard’s products include software and hardware that facilitate the authentication of a user to a network, a system or applications through different security devices […]

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Interview: Hans Thalbauer and Amar Singh at SAP discuss the advances in information sharing across global networks that RFID will enable.

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: How do you envision RFID changing the collaborative business environment? Amar Singh (AS): Once you have the capacity to get data from your trading partners, you can then utilize that data to capitalize business benefits. All the players – from raw material suppliers to manufacturers to retailers – are adding relevant information, whether it’s […]

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Adaptive Business Networks: A Strategy for Change and Efficiency in Manufacturing

September 12, 2005

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Business strategy has reached a turning point in which two opposing forces must be reconciled. At one end of the spectrum is the need for stable, efficient processes in a company. At the opposite end is the need for instant adaptation to rapidly changing business conditions. Efficiency without adaptability means solving yesterday’s business challenges at […]

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Interview: Harvard University Professor Clayton Christensen

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: You use the term “disruptive technologies” in your work. Can you define this term and talk about how the concept can be applied to supply chain? Clayton M. Christensen (CC): A disruption is an innovation that comes into a market that enables a whole new population of people who historically might not have had […]

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Asset Momentum A New Metric

September 12, 2005

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ClearMomentum Measuring the cash cycle or the velocity of cas h can be one of the most exciting and enlightening activities for the business manager. Oftentimes such analysis reveals customers, business units or product lines that either A) contribute to free cash flow or B) consume free cash flow. Implementing management strategies that optimize free […]

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Interview: How to use the quantum mechanics of retail to improve profitability.

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: What has changed in Crate and Barrel’s inventory management process since 4R and Crate and Barrel began working together? Ed Rennemann (ER): We had not changed our store replenishing process since 1984. Historically, we have given our store managers the visibility to see what was available in the DC along with rates of sale […]

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Delivering the Value of Visibility

September 12, 2005

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VeriSign Inc. operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable people and businesses to find, connect, secure and transact across today’s complex, global networks. Every day, we enable over 14 billion Internet interactions, 3 billion telephony interactions and $100 million of e-commerce. EPC Services Among the many accomplishments for VeriSign’s EPC/RFID business in 2004, we are especially […]

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Interview: Oracle senior vice president Sonny Singh foresees an open-link, high-visibility supply chain network revolution.

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: What are the obstacles to achieving the level of visibility and integration in the supply chain that companies are working to achieve? Sonny Singh (SS): The three that are the most common are standards, technology and culture. Visibility brings a lot of benefits, but it requires standards. Rosetta Net, for example, works to promote […]

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