Supply Chains get smarter with Artificial Intelligence

Having missed a dear niece’s birthday and trying to make up for it, I browsed through my regular gifting site last week. Sarah greeted me, asking how she could help me. So as I said, “Hi, I forgot my niece’s birthday”, Sarah responded with “What does Khushi like?” “Hmm, basketball and phones are her latest … Continue reading Supply Chains get smarter with Artificial Intelligence

Procurement – How innovation can bring visibility

Fifteen years ago, when I first worked on a procurement spend analytics engagement with a big aerospace company, the stated objective in the first slide was ‘to get the spend visibility across multiple plants globally and then to rationalize it to identify potential savings.’ Last week I heard an executive from a manufacturing company asking, ‘how … Continue reading Procurement – How innovation can bring visibility

SAP HANA Geo-Spatial Features

SAP HANA Geospatial processing feature was launched with SAP HANA SP6.This enables organizations to store their Geospatial data along with Business data in the same instance of HANA. By extending the HANA Platform capabilities customers can perform operations on spatial data like calculating the distance between geometries, determining the union or intersection of multiple objects. … Continue reading SAP HANA Geo-Spatial Features

How to “Talk your way out” of Negotiations!

Which TV channel to watch today with your family? Where to go out to dinner with your friends? What venue to decide to host that party with your spouse? All these scenarios in our day to day life imply one thing. Negotiations!! Yes, negotiations are as much a part of our daily lives as of … Continue reading How to “Talk your way out” of Negotiations!

IoT: How will it change the Management World in Manufacturing

The solution necessary in the manufacturing sector derives from maximum access to information in the face of rising costs. Hyper connectivity, analytics, robotics, and device-to-device communication are making news and significantly changing how management nightmares were perceived. Information, detail, and intelligence: the entire world survives on them and more access to data will lead directly … Continue reading IoT: How will it change the Management World in Manufacturing

5 Reasons Why You must Align Change Management to Supply Chain Implementation, Right Now!!

Do you know what’s the worst part about change? It changes your daily work schedules. Suddenly, you no longer like the new things. It’s like waking up to a whole new world, out of the blue, one morning. Except that this change happens over a period, without you realizing the small-but-consequential steps till suddenly, you’ve … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You must Align Change Management to Supply Chain Implementation, Right Now!!

Hari the mBot-Robotics in Supply Chain

What do you do when you cannot step out of office to visit a warehouse or factory for inspection? What do you do when the area of inspection is hazardous? What do you do if your presence was needed at two places but at the same time? An invention coming straight out of the Bristlecone … Continue reading Hari the mBot-Robotics in Supply Chain

Future of Logistics and Supply Chain

Digital business is the new reality. New business models blurring the lines between digital and physical world by connecting people, other business entities and things to drive the revenue as well as efficiency. In the new era – every “thing” with any value, will have sensors embedding intelligence. It will continue to transmit the information […]

Mantra for successful procurement transformation

Organizations are increasingly becoming complex due to globalization and accelerated growth-organic and inorganic. While this growth is important for business, if it is not managed well, it impairs business agility thereby increasing strategic risk for the organization. Successful organizations that have mitigated this risk well have business processes that are EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT, and COMPLIANT. The … Continue reading Mantra for successful procurement transformation

Address these pitfalls pro-actively to have a successful Ariba procurement transformation

Although Ariba is a cloud solution, its deployment involves lot of efforts from the customer’s business and IT teams. I have seen many engagements where customer’s team struggles to proactively address and prioritize its tasks and thereby creating a risk on project scope, timelines and user adoption of the deployed solution. The intention of my … Continue reading Address these pitfalls pro-actively to have a successful Ariba procurement transformation