Archive for Business Intelligence

Make Your Supply Chain a Sustainability Champion

Today’s headlines are filled with disheartening news about climate change, resource depletion, pollution, hunger, access to clean water, and poverty. The world is paying a high price for the traditional “take, make, use, waste” philosophy that failed to consider the long-range social and environmental consequences of mass consumerism. In response, in 2015 more than 190 countries joined to endorse 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) ― defined by the United Nations ― as part of a […]

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Winning at Buzzword Bingo (even when the board keeps changing)

Analytics, big data, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, heuristics, optimization – do you feel beaten down playing buzz word bingo on a constantly changing board? It can be hard to understand which new buzzwords bring business value and which are best left in the lab to mature. And yet this barrier hasn’t stopped many companies from adopting corporate initiatives around data science or artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). To keep it simple, I […]

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Digital Transformation of your Supply Chain Network in the Age of AI

Trying to understand and implement artificial intelligence (AI) for your supply chain network during your digital transformation efforts, or let alone finding the right partner in your journey, is like walking in an enchanted forest full of myths, ogres, and lost souls trying to find a way out. Finding the right path in there to an eternal bliss starts with knowing what is not right. Implementing AI is not a small feat and you may get bombarded with vague definitions and stories about how AI makes the world a better place. Let’s look at a few common myths you may come face to face with in your quest to transform your supply chain network by using AI while going digital in your organization.

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How to Put Data Science to Work for Your Supply Chain

Driving operational growth and increasing supply chain efficiency in today’s ever-changing business world is a top priority for many companies. In order to grow in a rapidly evolving marketplace, organizations must possess the ability to use advanced algorithms and data analytics to generate the next wave of supply chain value. With the abundant data available and the advanced technologies now accessible to help harness it, organizations must establish effective strategies to curate data, produce and […]

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Big Data, Big Possibilities: The Power of a Telematics Platform

Fleet telematics has a robust return on investment. Multitenant platforms can be an elegant way to collect Big Data. Big Data, used right, has great power. Put them all together and what do you get? An interesting logistics technology. The Geotab Telematics Platform Telematics solutions provide truck fleets with the ability to remotely monitor the location, status, health, and activity of vehicles.  Geotab is the telematics company that gathers Big Data for analysis in their […]

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Benchmarking: Avoid Being The Tallest Pigmy

Benchmarking is the practice of comparing business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from other companies. It is used to measure performance using a specific indicator or indicators resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others to assess how well or how poorly a company is performing. This is sometimes referred to as “best practice benchmarking” or “process benchmarking”.  Management uses this process to evaluate various aspects […]

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Machine Learning in the Supply Chain

One area of interest in today’s end-to-end supply chain is machine learning. And this is certainly a topic that we have written about quite often. Over the last few months, Steve Banker, Clint Reiser, and I have written about artificial intelligence and machine learning in a number of contexts and how it impacts the supply chain. These topics have included transportation management, warehouse management, and supply chain planning, among others. This technology continues to be […]

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Modern Business Intelligence for E-commerce Shipping

Organizations must properly execute their e-commerce shipping strategy to survive in today’s market. Business Intelligence is critical to proper execution, providing opportunities to significantly shift, reduce, and manage global transportation costs without sacrificing service.

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Using Big Data to Improve Your Supply Chain

The term “big data” has been one of the hottest buzzwords over the last couple of years, and that’s not a big surprise. Statistical science and data analytics can help organizations (of any size and type) obtain historical measurements and generate actionable information that increases supply chain visibility, drives operational efficiency and supports overall growth. But knowing the importance of having access to data is only the first step. Organizations need to have the right […]

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The Citizen Data Scientist

Mike Guilfoyle of ARC has been doing some interesting writing on predictive analytics. One of the terms he uses is the “citizen data scientist.”  I like the concept, and will explain Mike’s thinking in this article. But let me provide a little context first.  It would be easy for a supply chain executive, or any business manager, to ask what is the difference between “predictive analytics” and “forecasting.”  Forecasting is based on traditional mathematical and […]

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