Archive for Art Mesher

Great Advice for Young Professionals from Supply Chain Executives

Earlier this year, I launched Talking Logistics, a weekly online video talk show where I interview thought leaders and newsmakers in the supply chain and logistics industry. One of my goals was provide students and young professionals with an interactive platform to engage and network with industry executives. I’ve had many great guests over the past five months, and I’ve asked many of them the same question: What advice would you give to students and […]

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Guest Commentary: The Next Big Thing in “SaaS” for Supply Chains – “The Entrust”

We’ve entered a new era. This era is an “always on and always connected” and “nowhere to run and nowhere to hide” environment. This “big data” environment is creating a factorial increase in transparency (costs, prices, performance etc.) that is redefining the permanence of business relationships and supporting system requirements. In the new world, very little will last forever (or should be planned to last forever) and the best strategies will be based on the […]

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Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2012 Global User Conference

I attended the Descartes Evolution 2012 Global User & Partner Conference a couple of weeks ago. When Art Mesher took over as CEO of Descartes Systems Group eight years ago, I wasn’t sure the company was going to survive. Today, it is a thriving company. What are the secrets of its turnaround? Descartes (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) was one of the first enterprise software companies to move to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Moving from upfront […]

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SaaS 2.0: How the Logistics Industry is Driving an Evolution in Software-as-a-Service

The software-as-a-service (SaaS) model has been widely embraced thanks to the numerous advantages that on-demand solutions deliver to multiple industries. Logistics-intensive organizations, however, were among the first to turn to SaaS to reduce costs, increase operational performance and improve customer satisfaction. As the need for connectivity, collaboration and compliance grows, many members of the global supply chain now realize that SaaS in the logistics market can offer far more than “rented” application software when connected […]

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