September 21, 2021
What truly makes an advanced order management system and why would a retailer need one?
January 28, 2014
With the advent of big data, organizations are beginning to recognize the impact that big data and analytics can have on their ability to compete in their respective industries. In a recent study by MIT and the SAS Institute, 67% of leading organizations firmly believe that analytics give them a competitive advantage. This recognition has revealed that it is not only about the volume, velocity and variety of the data at hand, but having the right culture, skillsets, and technologies in place, while respecting the privacy of consumers. This post will be the first of a four part series aimed at demystifying the term 'big data', and touching on opportunities, implications and challenges related to big data.
November 5, 2013
In my July post, I introduced the 'Hierarchy of Supply Chain Metrics', which is a framework of supply chain metrics conceived by Gartner, the world's leading information research and advisory company. The model provides 3 tiers of integrated metrics to assess, diagnose, and correct supply chain performance, and is a great example of what constititutes a supply chain scorecard.
August 21, 2013
It has been said that you can't manage what you can't measure. In the world of analytics, this is our daily mantra. However, as succinct as the statement may be, you can't help wondering if it is missing something — a little something called perspective.
July 4, 2013
Since 2010, Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, has been publishing an annual report entitled 'Gartner Supply Chain Top 25' which ranks organizations that demonstrate leadership in supply chain management. In each of these reports, the 'Hierarchy of Supply Chain Metrics' is positioned as the ideal set of metrics to measure supply chain operational performance. To emphasize Gartner's stance, the subtitle reads: 'The Metrics We Wish We Had'.
June 20, 2013
Isn’t this the most interesting time in US healthcare? Actually, in healthcare across the globe? Because no matter how your healthcare system is funded, the containment and management of supply chain costs is a constant business reality we are all facing. To that end, supply chain is finally coming into its own in the C-Suite of most organizations. We are realizing, as an industry, that what has worked in the past will no longer work in our emerging reality — on all sides of the business equation. Everyone has to participate in the change.
May 24, 2013
Having been involved in the development of a pan-Canadian Electronic Health Record, I have a keen interest in how healthcare benefits from standardized policies and technologies designed to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes and safety through improved synergies and efficiencies. My interest also extends to the hospital supply chain. With inventories representing 30% of hospital costs, second only to labor costs, there are huge gains in organizational performance that can be had through better supply chain management.
April 29, 2013
Tecsys-Sponsored a Lunch & Learn program at the recent IDN Summit, “The Transformable Supply Chain” featuring Brent Johnson, Chief Procurement Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Curtis Dudley, Vice President of Integrated Performance Solutions, Mercy; and Mike Wentling, Chief Solutions Officer, ROi. The discussion focused on the changes in the healthcare supply chain that have driven the development of consolidated service centers/supply chain centers.
November 1, 2012
I would like to share some reading I have been doing that is providing a lot of food for thought. The first source is the book “Healthcare Will Not Reform Itself” by George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente. What a compelling read! Mr. Halvorson walks us through many scenarios, while breaking things down to accessible portions.
May 16, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Brandi Greenberg, Managing Director at The Advisory Board and the Healthcare Supplier/Provider Institute in Las Vegas. Brandi presented research findings that are packaged for the C-Suite. I found it very enlightening and wanted to share my notes with you.
April 19, 2012
We recently hosted a web event titled Demystifying Demand Planning: WHY and received an interesting question from one of the participants. The question had a much broader reach than Demand Planning and I thought it would be terrific to share it with all of you.
April 3, 2012
Hard to gain, easy to lose, and widely discussed in supply chain management in healthcare. Typically, trust is limited, and the lack of it is limiting our ability to work together. So how do we, as supply chain participants, create it? The answer is multifactorial; however, one key component is communication. An easy channel for communication is data and metrics, and heaven knows we have data!
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