Monday Apr 14, 2014

How the Greatest Comeback in Sports History Can Change your Supply Chain

Oracle Team USA AC72 at SpeedA recent blog post at the Harvard Business Review discussed "What Business Can Learn from the Greatest Comeback in Sports History."  They presented six points, and the original article is well worth reading. I'd like to boil down their advice to supply chain specific suggestions, and here we go:

  1. Companies often create rigid networks and procedures which tend to be efficient in day to day operations, but which can fail spectacularly when upset. Just as Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) adopted cross-fit training to create all-around athletes, companies should build flexible and resilient supply chain networks that contain sufficient redundancy to continue to operate when things aren't proceeding to plan. Often, companies use network optimization software to do this work."
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Why Companies are Really Buying Applications in the Cloud

Everyone is talking about cloud applications.  There are different definitions of cloud, but the simplest is that an application in the cloud

  • Is managed by someone outside your organization
  • Allows users to login from their devices and use the application

 

It seems like a subtle difference to users. Why does it matter if their application is in their company’s data center in a faraway location or someone else’s? But in reality it can be greatly beneficial.  This article explains why companies are really buying applications in the cloud and what that means to application software vendors from a product development and sales perspective.  

Do You Agree?  Please Join the Conversation by Commenting.

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Improving Your Global Supply Chain Velocity, ITDS Approval Times Cut!

International Trade Data System (ITDS) processing and approval times for US businesses is cut from days to minutes, per Executive Order from President Obama. Will benefit businesses doing international trade per UPS CEO.[Read More]
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