Tag Archives: supply chain

IT of Tomorrow, Today

Information technology in Enterprise used to be extraneous – work is here, technology is there. IT departments would bring in new tech or enhance it and then “users” would test it and accept it. That is no longer today’s reality. Cloud, mobile and big data have changed things. Today’s technology is intimate to business, it […]

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Linear Business Processes don’t work!… And there’s a better way…

They don’t work because people don’t work according to linear, sequential processes. They can’t. From the early 90’s on, the business world went business-process. The entire SAP industry is based on the idea that work has to be organized according to business processes. Companies that are considered well structured are (supposed to be) “process oriented”. […]

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7 strategies to deal with competitor backorders in Canadian Generics

The Generic Pharmaceutical industry is one of the most dynamic industries I’ve ever experienced – at least in Canada. In this industry, something significant happens every year that changes patterns of demand in the market and challenges supply chains. But sometime in 2009, things began changing in a way that’s been building up since and is […]

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Social Media made practical for business

The use of Social Media in the workplace is still not prevalent at the core of operations. It is a simple, well know form of communication and yet its use in the workplace confounds many Executives. I’ve written quite a bit about the difficulties that traditional Enterprises (and most Enterprises are “traditional”) face in deploying the […]

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Generic Pharma – ripe for disruption!

I’m going to describe something I’d love to do but for which I don’t have the means. Then, I am going to send this post to people I know have the means. Let’s see what happens. I’ve spent the last 10 years working in Generic Pharma in Canada, with some involvement in the US and […]

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A workplace in NOW mode – the HIVE model

In the past year, there have been two themes I wrote and spoke about that have generated a great deal of interest: one is the concept of “NOW Mode”; and the other is the use of social tools in business. As I wrote previously, these two elements go hand in hand. Working in NOW Mode […]

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Virtual Supply Chains – fast, connected, collaborative

A year ago, I was interviewed by Professor Peter Carr from the University of Waterloo, on the subject of  social media and its impact on Supply Chains. Prof. Carr was kind enough to ask me wonderful questions and to give me the time and space to speak on some of my favorite subjects. Given the interest […]

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Company of Yesterday or Company of Tomorrow, Today

Our world has been going through an ever accelerating storm of change to the fundamental underpinnings of society and the economy for the better part of 2 decades and in my humble opinion, it has gone past the tipping point from yesterday to tomorrow. In other words, it is no longer maybe changing into a […]

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How does a network become a network?

A successful Manufacturer buys many plants and goes global. Many plants make many products; a global company distributes its products to many markets. The most tempting form of synergy is to bring the products of many plants to multiple markets; and to eliminate redundancies between plants. This thinking leads to the idea of centers of […]

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Can we put an end to chronic drug shortages

Today I picked up yet another article about the crisis of drug shortages in the U.S., this one by The New Your Times on MSNBC.com. Many of the usual causes alleged by other articles are mentioned here: industry consolidation, quality challenges, price issues, etc. Ok, we know all this and it’s getting old… What are […]

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