Archive for Business Intelligence – Page 2

This Week in Logistics News (April 30-May 4, 2012)

This morning I am giving a presentation on “Putting Leadership Development and Education Back on Your Calendar…and Budget” at the CSCMP New England Roundtable Executive Breakfast. I wrote about this topic last year in “What’s Missing in Your 2012 Budget?” and I’m sure I’ll gain some new insights from this morning’s conversation, which I’ll share in a future posting. In the meantime, here are some news items that caught my attention this week: Descartes Unveils […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 9-13, 2012)

Should I be concerned that Opening Day for the (1 win, 5 losses) Red Sox falls on Friday the 13th? In more important news… Volerro Launches Business Commerce Network SAP to Acquire Syclo, Extends Leadership in Mobilizing the Enterprise Oracle Introduces Business Intelligence Applications for SAP Sales & Distribution and Materials Management FedEx to Acquire Polish Shipping Company Opek Sp.z o.o UPS Accelerates U.S.-Mexico Trade with New Ground Freight Service HighJump Software Expands in Asia […]

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The Importance of What You Can’t Measure

A few weeks ago, I participated in my first Little League draft. I won’t bore you with the details, but the process of putting together AAA and Majors teams involves reviewing quantitative data about each player (evaluation scores, previous season stats) coupled with insights about the players from the coaches. In general, the process works well, but it’s not perfect. The biggest shortcoming is that it doesn’t give much weight to a very important element […]

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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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This Week in Logistics News (January 16-20, 2012)

Well, last week I complained that we hadn’t received any snow yet this winter, and this morning I woke up to about an inch of snow on the ground, with more snow forecast for tomorrow. Today, I am lamenting the fact that in all of my adult years, I have yet to win the lottery. Just saying. As expected, this week’s news was dominated by retail-related items. Descartes Unveils Major Extensions of Logistic Flow Control […]

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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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This Week in Logistics News (October 31-November 4, 2011)

Time to hit pause on the new Florence + The Machine album, which I can’t seem to get enough of these past few days (check out the video for new single here), to report on this week’s news. Descartes Acquires InterCommIT Con-way Inc. Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results C.H. Robinson’s Mobile Application Enhances Motor Carrier Communication INTTRA Empowers Ocean Carrier and Shipper Community with Actionable Performance Measurements from New OceanMetrics™ Platform UPS Freight Takes the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 17-21, 2011)

I’ve been too busy working to pay attention to all of these “Occupy” demonstrations taking place, but it occurred to me this morning that the success and longevity of these occupations will come down to one thing: how well the organizers plan and manage the logistics processes involved in supporting a tent city, processes that are similar to those in disaster relief and military operations. Okay, back to work and this week’s news… Manhattan Associates […]

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Guest Commentary: Embedded Analytics Makes Routine Decision-Making Automatic

Most Transportation Management Systems (TMS) give you Business Intelligence (BI) in the form of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on your trading partners and your own operation. But the imperative falls on you to determine the value of good performance and implement a resulting decision or reward structure. Instead, why not embed the BI that you already collect into the operational processes of your TMS and employ it directly as decisions are required? The Traditional BI […]

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SAP Acquires Crossgate: The Growing Importance of B2B Connectivity

One of my predictions for 2011 was validated yesterday. Here is what I wrote last December: More companies and solution providers will recognize the importance of B2B connectivity. It’s not new, it’s not sexy, but B2B connectivity is coming out of the shadows and becoming an important factor in creating an end-to-end supply chain solution. This year [2010], IBM acquired Sterling Commerce and Highjump acquired TrueCommerce. In recent years, Oracle and SAP have also established […]

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