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Big Data in Catastrophe and Supply Chain Risk Modeling

By Kamban Parasuraman, Principal Engineer, AIR Worldwide and Aaron Michel, Senior Engineer, AIR Worldwide As “big data” quickly becomes the new standard for “all data” in technology-driven enterprises, advanced data analytics has become the key to competitive advantage in a number of fields, including supply chain risk modeling and mitigation. However, deriving actionable insights from these…

The Missing Link?

IBM’s Watson technology bridges gap between supply chain risk management and big data In the five years since IBM’s Watson bested reigning Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings to become the undisputed king of trivia; cognitive computing technology has evolved into one of the most significant technological change agents of the generation. Applications of Watson’s natural language…

IHS Outlook: Global Supply Chain Trends and Threats

By Chris G. Christopher, Jr., Director, U.S. Macroeconomics & Consumer Economics, IHS Markit Global trade and the many supply chains that support it are continually subject to shifts in economic conditions, geopolitical regimes, and politics. Recently, two major trends have emerged that have the potential to disrupt supply chains and global economic growth: economic slowdown…

Building the Workforce of the Future – Culture is King

By Lori Osterback-Boettner, Chief of Staff, Sr. Director, Supply Chain Operations, Cisco Systems, Inc. In 2014, Cisco Supply Chain Operations leadership unanimously and enthusiastically took up the challenge of developing and delivering a workforce strategy to meet the talent demands of the supply chain of the future. There is no question that supply chain organizations…

Additive Manufacturing is a Supply Chain Technology

Four considerations for your deployment planning By Mark Cotteleer, Deputy Director of Eminence; Research Director, Ctr. for Integrated Research, Deloitte Services and Kelly Marchese, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP With additive manufacturing (AM), the question is not “does it work,” but rather “how can we maintain a leadership position when deploying it?” Leaders who want to stay…

Blockchain: A House Divided

Is this burgeoning technology overhyped or underestimated? It seems like everyone is talking about Blockchain these days, but the tenor of the conversation varies dramatically. On the one hand, there are those who proclaim that blockchain (aka distributed ledger) is – or is fast on its way to becoming – the most influential technological marvel…

Paul Keel, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, 3M

One-on-One Profile Experience: Paul began with 3M in 2004 and has served as President of 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions, President of 3M Unitek, Managing Director of 3M UK & Ireland, and Director of Business Development for 3M Health Care.  Prior to 3M, Paul held various roles at General Electric, Norwest Equity Partners, and…

From the Desk of Wade McDaniel

Welcome to the January 2017 issue of Supply Chain Navigator. Growing up I had a friend who I really admired. He was a few years older than I and would occasionally rope me into some mischievous deed or another. Of course, he never got caught, and I always did. With each grounding, I would get…

MIT/Infosys Study: Gap Between Risk Awareness and Risk Readiness Widens

Corporate Strategies Not Keeping Pace with Rising Global Risk Profile Preliminary results of the 2015 Global Risk Maturity Survey, led by MIT professor David Simchi-Levi and conducted by the Global Risk Advisory Group, were released last month and the survey findings can be best summed up by a statement from co-leader of the Global Risk…

Multinational manufacturers are often criticized for outsourcing the majority of their manufacturing to other regions. Do global electronics manufacturers owe any allegiance to support jobs in their home region?

Multinational manufacturers are often criticized for outsourcing the majority of their manufacturing to other regions. Do global electronics manufacturers owe any allegiance to support jobs in their home region? Yes or No? Click/swipe for opinions from along the supply chain Academic Todd Taylor Professor and Managing Director, Network for Value Chain Excellence (NVCE), Arizona State…