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There are many paths that can lead an organization to determine that outsourcing is the right strategy for improving the long-term viability of its IT operations.

For some, it is primarily a cost decision. For others, cost is an important factor, but there are other pressing needs, such as dramatically improving day-to-day delivery or transforming the environment in response to changing business priorities. Depending on the organization’s unique circumstances, their IT sourcing strategy may encompass one or more delivery towers, include one or multiple providers, and require a short or a long transition period. Culturally, you may need to also consider how much control to retain.

Published in Best Practices
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 13:39

Demand Chain Optimization

Managing the demand chain, from manufacturers through wholesalers, distributors and retailers and onto consumers, is a daunting task.

The numbers of Stock Keeping Units, outlets, supply sources, seasons and product characteristics are huge, and the degree of complexity in the supply chain is challenging. Creating efficiency in the demand chain requires a combination of art and science.

We need sound, scientifically-based replenishment methodologies, which incorporate statistical and operations research techniques, to analyze the richness of contemporary databases and to deduce patterns, trends, variabilities and the dynamics of customer demands. Such scientific techniques enable us to balance the various costs—inventory, transportation, handling, warehousing and other direct and indirect labor—while simultaneously providing optimal services for customers.

Published in Best Practices

Apple SupplyChainApple’s famed supply-chain could face a stern test this holiday season.

Having already seen the enthusiasm with which the iPhone 4S was welcomed last holiday season, many expect the same euphoria following the launch of the iPhone 5 this year to be the biggest device upgrade cycle in Apple’s history.

While the demand for this device is, in all likelihood, set to touch all-time highs, Apple’s main worry will be matching the high demand with supply. In this regard, concerns that Apple may have a tough time meeting iPhone 5 demand are being raised, with a couple of reports claiming that one of Apple’s key partners, Sharp Corp, has fallen behind on its production of screens for the iPhone 5 due to high costs and ‘manufacturing difficulties’.

Published in Corporate

artist-render-of-iphone-5-whiteThere might be a shortage of iPhone5s when they hit the market.

Juro Osawa at the Wall Street Journal reports Sharp "hasn't started mass producing screens" for the next iPhone. It was supposed to have been shipping screens to Apple by the end of August.

Sharp isn't Apple's only supplier. It is also getting screens from Japan Display and LG Display, Osawa reports. Apple should still be able to manufacture the new iPhone, it's just a matter of whether or not it will be able to make enough if one of its suppliers is behind schedule.

Published in Corporate

Apple chipIn an attempt to diversify its mobile processor supply chain, Apple reportedly offered Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. upwards of $1 billion for dedicated production, but was denied as the chip maker wants to remain agile in a booming smartphone market.

According to people familiar with the situation, TSMC denied separate investment bids from Apple and Qualcomm, both of which wanted the chip maker to dedicate a portion of its production line to making chips for them, reports Bloomberg.

Published in Corporate

Battery

Earlier today I participated in a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Department of Commerce on possible threats to the supply chains of critical technology materials. The Department of Commerce and the White House National Science and Technology Council co-sponsored the meeting responding in part to recent concerns about rare earth metals supply. 

The purpose of the meeting, as expressed by the Department of Commerce, was to identify future “rare earth problems” that might be a threat to U.S. industry. In preparing for the meeting, I had opportunity to talk to several NAATBatt members about their views of the critical materials supply chain issues.  Thanks to all who responded to my inquires.  Based on those responses I made a short presentation this morning, which summarized, in unscientific fashion, what seems to be a consensus view in the industry.

Published in Trends

Small Business Job Growth in the United States

Fifteen large corporations today announced that thousands of small businesses have a new way to do business with them, giving them access to the $300 billion that these corporations spend annually on goods and services.

Small businesses, which are catalyst for the U.S. economy now have access to the supply chains of these 15 corporations by introducing them to a free Web site called Supplier Connection. This portal is similar to the Universal College Application, where a potential vendor need only fill out simplified forms once to be considered for many types of contracts for goods and services.  Through the platform, small businesses can offer their goods and services to many large enterprises with the goal of winning contracts, growing their business and creating jobs. The website was created and is maintained by IBM through a grant of more than $10 million from the IBM International Foundation. 

Published in Industry

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