Digital Transformation & the Extended Supply Chain: SAP Insider 2016 [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 28, 2016

SAP has clearly been a company in transition over the past five years (let’s call it the HANA era) and this was reflective in the change of positioning and some in leadership at the past several SAP Insiders for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), MFG, Supply Chain Management (SCM), and the Internet of Things (IoT). Several years ago the theme was Idea to Performance and Operational Excellence. Starting last year and continuing to this year’s March 2016 edition of the event in Las Vegas, the positioning was clearly centered on SAP’s concept of the Extended Supply Chain.

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Categories: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings

Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016: The SCM Cloud Has Arrived

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Oracle held its fourth annual Modern Supply Chain Experience (formerly Value Chain Summit) January 25-27, 2016 in San Jose, CA. The MSCE represents Oracle’s flagship event for Manufacturing Operations, Enterprise Quality Management, Product Lifecycle Management, and Asset Performance Management (APM) users and LNS Research was happy to attend for the second time, joining more than 2,000 attendees to see Oracle’s new vision for the SCM Cloud.

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Categories: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM)

$115M in NYC Manufacturing & Oracle Improves SCM Solution [Roundup]

Posted by | Research Team | on Sun, Nov 08, 2015

Life Sciences Complying with EHS Requirements

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Categories: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Cloud, Big Data, Traceability, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

The Risks of Neglecting Supply Chain EHS Performance, and 5 Solutions

Posted by | Research Team | on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

The need to manage environment, health and safety (EHS) performance across our organizations and throughout our global plants has never been more apparent. While considerations of EHS performance were once limited to one organization’s performance within its four walls, things have changed. The increased reliance on supply chains extending across the globe, the visibility and traction afforded by online communications and social media, and the growing need to improve and report on end-to-end sustainability performance are compelling businesses to account for EHS performance across their supply chain.

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Categories: Sustainability, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Quality, to Infinity and Beyond at Infusion 2014

Posted by | Research Team | on Wed, May 07, 2014

Recently LNS Senior Associate Mehul Shah and I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at Infusion 2014 in sunny Marina Del Rey near Los Angeles, CA. The event, a semiannual manufacturing intelligence conference held by InfinityQS, shows users of the software how to give their metrics meaning, identify areas for improvement, and turn manufacturing information into actionable data.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Conflicted on Conflict Minerals? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by | Research Team | on Fri, May 02, 2014

There’s been increasing talk about incoming conflict mineral reporting requirements among manufacturers across the U.S.–not to mention suppliers around the globe–and the impacts these rules are going to create. And that’s understandable. After all, the new requirements are going to have a seismic effect on how manufacturers do business and achieve visibility and traceability across their entire supply chains.

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Categories: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Quality Management (SQM), Compliance, Traceability

Mitigating Supply-Chain Risk, OEE in Packaging, The Future of Global Manufacturing, and more...

Posted by | Research Team | on Sun, Jun 23, 2013

What do a panel of industry experts forecast for the changing global manufacturing industry? How effectively can quality management software oversee the actions within your supplier network? Or, is measuring overall equipment effectiveness really as easy as they say? Gain valuable insight into these pressing questions below.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Risk Management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), #Roundup, Supplier Quality Management (SQM)

The LNS Weekly Industrial Roundup: 1/13/2013 – 1/19/2013

Posted by | Research Team | on Sun, Jan 20, 2013

We’re back for Round 2. After gathering these articles from the week, I noticed an underlying theme throughout most of this compilation: Societal Advancement. As our world evolves, it’s only expected for changes to gradually alter everyday life. Yet, are these progressions always considered improvements or are some bound to negatively impact the human population? I’ll leave it up to you to make your own opinion.

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Categories: Sustainability, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Supply Chain Management (SCM), #Roundup

Supplier Quality Management: A Risk Based Approach

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Apr 27, 2012

In our modern economy, business decisions are made based on the forces of the global supply and demand network. In many cases, outsourcing just for cost savings is no longer an optimal strategy; rather market leading companies are trying to balance a diverse set of needs across a global network, which includes responsiveness, quality, and innovation as well as cost. In such an environment, many companies are attempting to engage in off-shoring, near-shoring, and on-shoring strategies all at the same time. So what steps do executives need to take to excel and lead in such an environment?

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Risk Management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Supplier Quality Management (SQM)