Intelligent IBP – a new role for supply chain planners

Preview – Most IBP cycles around the world are based on a 20-year-old process definition supported by 20-year-old planning concepts. This traditional IBP is not set up for a fast-changing world, where speed of decision making confers a competitive advantage. Intelligent automation will change this. In this series of blogs, I will discuss the transition of traditional IBP towards a more intelligent IBP. Here, you … Continue reading Intelligent IBP – a new role for supply chain planners

Intelligent IBP – Closing the Decision Gaps

Preview – Most IBP cycles around the world are based on a 20-year-old process definition supported by 20-year-old planning concepts. This traditional IBP is not set up for a fast-changing world, where speed of decision making confers a competitive advantage. Intelligent automation will change this. In this series of short blogs, I will discuss the transition of traditional IBP towards a more intelligent IBP. In … Continue reading Intelligent IBP – Closing the Decision Gaps

Intelligent IBP – Unshackle the Planners!

Preview – Most IBP cycles around the world are based on a 20-year-old process definition supported by 20-year-old planning concepts. This traditional IBP is not set up for a fast-changing world, where speed of decision making confers a competitive advantage. Intelligent automation will change this. In this series of short blogs, I will discuss the transition of traditional IBP towards a more intelligent IBP. You … Continue reading Intelligent IBP – Unshackle the Planners!

Intelligent IBP – The Rise of Autonomous

Preview – Most IBP cycles around the world are based on a 20-year-old process definition supported by 20-year-old planning concepts. This traditional IBP is not set up for a fast-changing world, where speed of decision making confers a competitive advantage. Intelligent automation will change this. In a series of short blogs, I will discuss the transition of traditional IBP towards a more intelligent IBP.  In … Continue reading Intelligent IBP – The Rise of Autonomous

Traditional IBP is dead. Long live Intelligent IBP!

The evolution of Integrated Business Planning has been at a standstill for years. Traditional IBP process and planning horizon thinking, supported by traditional Advanced Planning and Business Intelligence (BI) systems, limits progress. Sure, over the years new supporting planning features have been developed. Faster calculations, a nicer GUI, more simulation capability, Machine Learning and graph databases, to name a few. But both the IBP process … Continue reading Traditional IBP is dead. Long live Intelligent IBP!

Cognitive Automation in Planning & Forecasting

I recently presented at the 41st ISF symposium from the International Institute of Forecasters, where I discussed #cognitiveautomation in planning & forecasting, which is availably in this video (25 min) I cover:– why #artificialntelligence alone is not enough to achieve #intelligentautomation– what’s really required to achieve #autonomousplanning?– boundaries of automation, augmentation & human centricity in decision making– why the human stays central in the #futureofwork Hope you enjoy cheers, Niels Continue reading Cognitive Automation in Planning & Forecasting

The agile supply chain is back. But this time it’s for real!

My mum used to say that if you wait long enough, the same things will come back in to fashion. I suppose that is also true when you blog long enough about supply chain. In 2012 I wrote a short blog about demand driven & agile supply chains, which seems to be all the hype back then. Some of the quotes I picked up from … Continue reading The agile supply chain is back. But this time it’s for real!

Autonomous or ‘Lights Out’ Supply Chain Planning; what is really required?

If you operate in the supply chain or the planning world, it is hard to not come across terminology like supply chain planning 4.0, ‘light touch’ planning or ‘lights out’ planning. They all rate high in the hype cycle and for good reasons. A lot of technology progress has been made in recent years, and progress continuous at dizzying speed. Autonomous vehicles already exist in … Continue reading Autonomous or ‘Lights Out’ Supply Chain Planning; what is really required?

Three common weaknesses in supply chain

In a recent Forbes article, three common supply chain weaknesses are highlighted: Being reactive rather than pro-active Lack of visibility Lack of accountability The behavioural weaknesses – lack of pro-activity and accountability should be no surprise to me or the readers of my blog. As the S&OP mindset study I conducted with Supply Chain Movement in 2017/2018 show similar results. We made an S&OP mindset … Continue reading Three common weaknesses in supply chain

Artificial Intelligence – beyond the hype, the experts, its weak spots and losing your job

In our household we love our Google Home. My girls use it continuously to play music, ask silly questions, jokes, do calculations and spell difficult words amongst other things. I use it to voice command my shopping list, set a timer and book meetings in my agenda. Speeking to and interacting with a little machine in my living room, that has the capacity to both … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence – beyond the hype, the experts, its weak spots and losing your job