Category archives: Business
It’s the time of year to look ahead. I’ve read several interesting articles and blog posts that are trying to pinpoint the developments and trends shaping the supply chain industry this year. They all seem to come from a different angle and while they each make a fair attempt, I haven’t found one that provides a clear view of what 2014 will bring for us. So, I decided to do what I love most: talk with some of our clients and contacts and find out for myself.
Visiting the LogiChem conference last week in Antwerp, I was pleasantly surprised to hear many presentations focusing on supply chain opportunities instead of doom scenarios.
According to analyst J. Witteveen from ING, the European chemical market is characterized by under-capacity, low margins, consolidation and lower demand. A pessimist would be discouraged by this. An optimist sees opportunities to grab market share. I met a lot of optimists in Antwerp.
Management genius Eliyahu Goldratt published his bestselling book Necessary but not Sufficient in 1998. It is still a compelling story about how enterprise resource planning systems lack the ability to create significant value for organizations.
Now fifteen years later, Sales & Operations Planning systems seem to be demonstrating a bit of ‘necessary but not sufficient’ themselves. In both cases, organizations assumed that one global planning system would give them the ultimate visibility, agility and significant cost savings.