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Remapping the Supply Chain Universe

September 12, 2005

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Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of supply chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be re-evaluated. One of the changes that has become obvious is that poor technology matches have emerged. It’s a little like going to […]

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Designing the Standard for a Healthy Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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There is growing recognition in healthcare of value derived from effective supply chain management. Considering that supply chain operations constitute 30 to 40 percent of healthcare costs – second only to personnel costs – leaders and managers must become competent to effectively steward improvement efforts that focus on value. Decisions of consolidation, gaining economies of […]

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The Evolution of Enterprise Mobility: Five Predictions

September 12, 2005

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In case anyone hadn’t noticed, the wireless revolution is in full swing. Yet for many executives, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what is sure to be a force that will rival – or even surpass – the Internet in its impact. Wireless capabilities are already enabling broader use of voice and data […]

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The Case for PLM

September 12, 2005

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Product life cycle management (PLM) has been around for a decade. Yet it remains a tool that many companies consider daunting, mysterious or complex. Part of this difficulty could be PLM’s rapid metamorphosis. It began as product data management, an elaborate toolset for integrating product design and development, and quickly morphed into product information management, […]

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Global Sourcing: Insights and Opportunities From China and Beyond

September 12, 2005

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Sourcing goods globally – developing strategies, capabilities and formal processes for acquiring materials from the most effective use of resources regardless of location – is not a new, or even revolutionary, practice. Many companies have been doing it for years. Recently, however, there have been large increases in: 1) the number of companies seeking to […]

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Ventana Research

September 12, 2005

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Ventana Research is the preeminent research and advisory services firm in the Business Performance Management market. With the unique research framework covering both the technology and business aspects of performance management, Ventana Research helps decision-makers throughout the organization understand each other’s requirements, align goals and objectives and optimize business processes with existing and new technology […]

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Delivering Merger Synergy: A Supply Chain Perspective

September 12, 2005

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After a quiet period of several years, merger and acquisition activity has gained momentum across many industry sectors in 2005. The interest in M&A activity never, of course, disappeared – and with good reason. Accenture research shows that high-performance businesses pursue growth strategies that juggle the short-term priorities of today and the organizational and competitive […]

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Architecting the Liquid Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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A common supply chain misconception equates “liquids” with “process industries.” A huge opportunity for discrete and service industries lies in recognizing the quantity of liquids that flow through these industries and exploiting the operational, financial and strategic benefits that liquid-oriented logistics offers. Since supply chain networks for liquid products are fundamentally different from those for […]

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Aligning Supply Chain Management With Utility Operations

September 12, 2005

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The 21st century has been tough on public utilities. A look at the Dow Jones Utility Average – with an average return of negative 20 percent over the last four years – demonstrates how many utilities have struggled. Some of those woes reflect a sluggish economy and investors’ view that public utilities are a slow-growth […]

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