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Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Re: Tech?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/28/2014 12:56:13 PM
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@TaimoorZ, i would argue that having someone from teh department invovled is becoming increasingly critical and it's important to have a shared direction for the entire organization. It also raises the visiblity around the accomplishments and necessity of thinking about the supply chain.

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nimantha.d   2/28/2014 5:58:56 AM
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@Hailey: Indeed when you compare it with the last 3-5 years there is a growth of nearly 25% - 30%. So that is a good rate since that shows the people and organizations are really looking into it for the future.              

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TaimoorZ   2/28/2014 5:45:07 AM
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"One good approach would be for the supply chain manager to lobby to be included on whatever team is exploring these solutions"

@Hailey: I'm not sure if that's a good approach. This would divert the focus of the supply chain manager from his core skills. That's more of a job of a project manager and normally supply chain managers don't really land in that role.

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TaimoorZ   2/28/2014 5:39:44 AM
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"We are learning so much about how people learn and retain information, i'm willing to be that twe see more supply chain education that uses this and other innovative approaches"

@Hailey: I think the best part about this is that the simulated exercises are already there. All you have to do is buy them and plan a training event to make your managers play these games. You don't even need an expensive trainer for this.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/28/2014 12:46:49 AM
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@Lalit, thanks for the information. i"m glad to hear that supply chain programs are evolving...I feared that it would take time for them to catch up. Especially recently it seems as if things are evolving pretty quickly.

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Hospice_Houngbo   2/27/2014 8:15:48 AM
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@TaimoorZ: Thanks for sharing the experiwnce. You still need the theoretical knowledge to be able to understand the domain specific terms used in the simulation setting. Learning is a combination of both theory and practice.

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Re: What's on your list?
Hospice_Houngbo   2/27/2014 8:09:21 AM
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@Taimoor: You are right. A good supply chain manager is expected to:
  • Be a strategic leader
  • Possess a big-picture perspective of the organization's structure
  • Be a skilled decision-maker
  • Be a long-term learner


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prabhakar_deosthali   2/27/2014 1:26:19 AM
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Big data analytics in the supply chain managment context will defintely make decision making an informed process rather than based upon hunches and past personal experiences.

 

But this data analytics will be more helpful if it provides a preview of what effects each decison would have on the immediate future actions . I do not know whether the current Analytics tools provide such a facility.

"What WILL happen if I take this decision?"  needs to be answered.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/26/2014 11:52:37 AM
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@TaimoorZ, big data and analytics are key technologies through the whole organization. One good approach would be for the supply chain manager to lobby to be included on whatever team is exploring these solutions. Eventually, big data will be a critical part of IT security, finance, and other departments in addition to the supply chain.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   2/26/2014 11:50:49 AM
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@Taimoorz, that sounds like an interesting approach. The other advantage, i'll bet, is the interaction with the other students since you get teh learning from the class and also the experiences that the students bring to the table. We are learning so much about how people learn and retain information, i'm willing to be that twe see more supply chain education that uses this and other innovative approaches.

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