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ToolsGroup-Going Back to Its SCP Roots


What has ToolsGroup, the expert in demand-driven SCP, been doing to address demand and supply variability? Read P.J. Jakovljevic’s article and see how ToolsGroup has developed sophisticated software that analyzes demand history across multiple dimensions, enabling companies to obtain more accurate forecasts and inventory targets for driving outstanding customer-service levels with less global inventory in their supply chains.

harvard mba  holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in industrial and systems engineering from Lehigh University . TEC: What are ToolsGroup’s particular capabilities and what pain points do they solve? JB: Time and time again, user surveys indicate that forecast accuracy and demand volatility are the top supply chain concerns for most companies. To respond profitably means understanding the sources of variability and planning for them appropriately. We tackle the demand volatility problem head-on. Read More

Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions


Improving the decision process around inventory and supply chain flexibility will drive sustainable, measurable benefits in the near term that are disproportionate to the effort required.

harvard mba  P., The Balanced Scorecard, (Harvard Business School Press, 1996) 2 - EVA is a registered trademark for Stern, Stewart & Co. Benefits of Improving the Decision Process Consider the challenge faced after a merger or acquisition. The challenge of rationalizing warehouses, distribution centers and even production facilities is a decision in the supply chain flexibility space. The rationalization exercise is non-trivial, but can drastically impact cash flow, as well as balance sheet and income statements. In Read More

Offshore Outsourcing: Is There a Method to the Madness? Planning for Offshore Outsourcing


Organizations considering the offshore outsourcing of processes should seriously consider adopting a proven methodology before implementation. This will minimize risk and maximize the return associated with offshore outsourcing and will help create a successful venture.

harvard mba  completed Executive Education at Harvard Business School. He can be reached by e-mail at nkapila@bellsouth.net or by phone at (404)321-7515. Read More

Increasing the Value of Your Enterprise Through Improved Supply Chain Decisions Part 3: Conclusion


There remains no shortage of experts and solutions that purport to have the keys to improving your supply chain. However, executives who bear bottom line responsibility for the performance of the enterprise would do well to evaluate every potential new program from the perspective outlined here.

harvard mba  Flexible , David M. Upton, Harvard Business Review, July-August 1995, p. 74. From Theory to Practice Perhaps the most famous examples of supply chain decisions contributing to corporate performance are Dell and Walmart. Both companies have systematically attacked the decision processes around inventory and flexibility with remarkable results. Dell has increased its return on invested capital from 154% to 325% from 1997 to 2001 2 . Days of supply in inventory have decreased from 13 to 5 over the same Read More

TEC Joins Forces with EOH Technology Consulting to Assist Businesses Matching Software Choices to Strategic Requirements


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harvard mba  selection assessments. According to Harvard Business Review, 20% of IT investments made this year became “shelf ware”. Gartner says that approximately 70% of IT projects fail or fall short of expectations. “These statistics justify the need for a software selection service that blends global knowledge with local expertise and this is exactly what we will achieve as a Certified Professional Services Provider for TEC,” says Keith Fairhurst, director, EOH Technology Consulting (www.eoh.co.za). The al Read More

Do You Know What Are the "Unintended Consequences" of Your CRM Project?


CRM, in its most straightforward definition, mandates that a company harmonize between a product/brand view of its business and the all-important customer view. Many companies, hard as it is to believe, do not have a clear idea of who are their most profitable customers.

harvard mba  You Know What Are the Unintended Consequences of Your CRM Project? Do You Know What Are the 'Unintended Consequences' of Your CRM Project? Jim Mercante - November 25, 2004 Originally published - March 22, 2003 Introduction All too often companies look at CRM as a project-oriented endeavor, focusing on time and budget measures as the primary metrics of success. This is especially true in organizations that are still driven by a ROI mentality. What many business leaders fail to take into account is Read More

Defogging the “Mission/Vision Thing”


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harvard mba  Results-Based Leadership , Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1999, Pg. 47. [8] Hamel, Gary and Prahalad, C.K., Strategic Intent , Harvard Business Review, May-June 1989, Pg. 70. Read More

To Tax and Tax Not


Taxation of Internet commerce will be a football that gets tossed around in the United States long after Superbowl 2000 is just a memory. In Singapore, however, they positively see taxes negatively

harvard mba  American Bar Foundation and Harvard Law School concludes that the fervency found in each of the competing positions is misplaced. The study concludes that [t]he results suggest that the costs of not enforcing taxes are quite modest and will remain so for several years. At the same time, compliance costs are likely to be low and the benefits of nurturing the Internet diminishing over time. In such a situation, the study suggests, a continued moratorium is the best policy. User Recommendations We believe Read More

Getting Strategic Planning and Financial Planning in the Same Bailiwick


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harvard mba  into the Enterprise System, (Harvard Business Review, July-August 1998)   The Case for Convergent Business Architecture SM To address these issues, companies need a breakthrough approach for rapidly realizing the new business capabilities dictated by the vision, strategy and/or forces acting upon the business, whether it be entering new markets, deploying a new operations model, product expansion, etc. Convergent Business Architecture SM (CBA) is a low overhead, highly iterative planning process that: Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us


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harvard mba  the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 2: We Are Looking for the Vendor To Tell Us Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Executive Summary    The competitive environment for every industry grows increasingly intense. Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. At least Read More

JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2


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harvard mba  note, Ananth Raman, the Harvard Business School professor of logistics, claims that the extreme variation in i2’s customers’ success didn't seem to depend on anything in i2's products per se . It depended instead on how the customer approached the overall planning process. This creates a conundrum for JDA or any other SCM software company for that matter. If the company oversells a product and cannot be sure that the customer will get any value out of it, the company takes on a lot of risks including Read More

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