7 Key Traits of a Good SCM Partner (Part 2)

Our previous post began exploring the seven key traits to look for in a SCM partner. It included the first four. Here are three more attributes you want a SCM software partner to have:

5. Ability to implement quickly. For manufacturers and distributors, it’s a competitive marketplace out there. New rivals continue to spring up around the globe. No matter what you’re doing, someone else halfway…

7 Key Traits of a Good SCM Partner

To the layman, it would seem that if you want supply chain management (SCM) software, you should simply evaluate the options on the market, pick the one that gives you the most functionality for the price, and implement.

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, is it? When you consider that managing a supply chain is a decades-long journey that requires constant adaptation and improvement, choosing…

3 Tips for Managing the Dr. Oz Effect

We're the curmudgeons who grouse in the shadows as the latest sales windfall is celebrated. While our colleagues gleefully exchange high fives to celebrate an unprecedented sale, we bury our heads in despair at the burden of fulfilling our customers’ hopes and our salesmen’s promises.

All kidding aside, unforeseen spikes in demand are a fact of life for forecasters and planners. But few…

Only Enough Data to Cause Paralysis: A Timeless Message About Big Data

You might think that a book about computers that was written before the Internet would have zero relevance today. Yet, not only does Guy Kawasaki’s 1988 book "The MacIntosh Way" possess a timeless charm, it also contains at least one nugget that cuts to the core of one of our current burning issues: what to make of Big Data.

Says Kawasaki: "There is only enough data to cause paralysis -- never…

Tapping the Power of Social Supply Chain Management

Remember John Smith and Roy Green from my previous post, “The Power of the Cloud”? They run a small, up-and-coming, entirely fictional manufacturer called XYZ Corporation (I think they’re working on a new name, but their branding agency hasn’t gotten back to them).

Well, XYZ has been live on Demand Solutions for a while, and things are going well. Orders keep rolling in. They just bought…