Archive for Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence Can Deliver Positive Supply Chain and Business Results, Using Information Already Being Captured Through Existing Processes

Logistics professionals have access to tons of data. However, it may be challenging to get the exact information needed quickly so that it becomes actionable, driving strategic decision making, rather than a historical review of tactical actions and transactions. To seek a better understanding of daily transportation operations, an important first step is implementing a supply chain business intelligence (BI) solution that offers greater insight and helps drive strategic, proactive decision making. If a company currently […]

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Business Intelligence in 3PL: Mining the Value of Data

In today’s business world, “information” is a renewable resource and virtually a product in itself. Business intelligence technology enables businesses to capture historical, current and predictive views of their operations, incorporating such functions as reporting, real-time analytics, data and process mining, performance management, predictive analytics, and more. Thus, information in its various forms and locations possesses genuine inherent value. In the real world of warehousing, the availability of detailed, up-to-the minute information on virtually every […]

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Leading Supply Chain Software Vendors Differentiate Their Offerings with Analytics

Earlier this month I attended the SAPinsider meeting in Las Vegas. SAP was actively promoting its HANA solutions, which uses in-process memory primarily for providing real-time analytics. HANA is particularly well suited to analyzing extremely large amounts of data very quickly. SAP says that HANA can analyze data hundreds of times faster than traditional approaches to business intelligence. The keynote address was given by Steve Lucus, the EVP and General Manager for SAP Database and […]

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Kraft Foods Implements Transportation Business Intelligence Solution

Last August, my colleague Clint Reiser attended the Oracle Transportation Management Special Interest Group (OTM SIG) in Philadelphia, an independently run conference that drew almost 400 attendees, predominantly Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) users. Clint wrote an ARCview report about this trip that contained three short case studies, including an interesting overview of Kraft Foods’ implementation of OTM’s transportation-specific business intelligence (BI) tool. Here is what Clint wrote: Mark Kissell of Kraft Foods and Brian Fish […]

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4 Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating 3PL Partners

I often get emails from logistics executives looking for help and advice on selecting a 3PL partner. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I received an email from someone asking if I had updated a framework I had developed several years ago to help companies evaluate 3PLs. The answer was no, but this person’s email got the wheels in my head turning: What are the most important factors to consider when evaluating and selecting […]

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Takeaways from MercuryGate 2012 User Conference

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the MercuryGate 2012 User Conference in New Orleans (MercuryGate is a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). There were more 40 presentations throughout the three days, with the first half of the event focused on logistics service providers and the other half on shippers. Many of the company’s 200+ customers were in attendance. While MercuryGate has historically had a strong presence in the 3PL market, its shipper customer base continues […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 10-14, 2012)

The outbreak of violence in the Middle East was a troubling development this week, with possible supply chain implications in the near future if the situation worsens. Let’s hope the political leaders on all sides can diffuse this situation quickly and without additional violence. In other news… Freight Shipments Rose 0.1% in July from June Truckload Driver Turnover Surges in Second Quarter Retail Container Imports To Increase 8.5 Percent In September WTO to cut forecast […]

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Analytics is Integral to Optimization in JDA’s Transportation Management System

JDA’s transportation management system (TMS) product management team recently visited ARC to brief us on their product roadmap (JDA is an ARC client and Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). I also got a chance to see a product demo that highlighted those enhancements. Because I’m conducting research on supply chain analytics, the visit also gave me a chance to discuss the analytic capabilities of JDA’s TMS in more detail. I was intrigued by: How advances in TMS […]

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Competing on Supply Chain Analytics

In 2007, the book “Competing on Analytics” by Tom Davnport and Jeanne Harris became a business bestseller. The premise of the book was that companies could create a competitive advantage by using Business Intelligence (BI) tools in smart ways. One advanced use of BI involves running a supply chain related experiment and then using a BI tool to measure the results. Supply Chain Management Review published an excellent article titled “The Case for Infrastructure Investment: […]

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FreshDirect Competes on Analytics

More than a decade ago, our family started ordering our groceries from an online grocer that delivered right to our house. In fact, they put a full-size refrigerator in our garage so that perishable food would not spoil while we were at work. We loved it. Then the company went broke. They’re gone, but we still have the refrigerator. A fair number of online grocers came and went. But nine-year old FreshDirect, a grocer that […]

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