Reflections on ProMat 2015

Wrapping up the week, we wanted to reflect on some of the emerging technologies and interesting companies we met at ProMat 2015 in Chicago. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the 800+ vendors who exhibited at the event. Below are a few vendors that we wanted to mention because they fit into our vision of what the future looks like. In alphabetical order:

Blue Violet Systems

Blue Violet Systems is pioneering an impressive technology stack for supply chain analytics. Their technology allows companies to query video that is matched up with transactional data. The technical details aside, this is a truly innovated use of technology to offer unparalleled visibility to processes and product. Applications include use cases such as monitoring loading processes, investigating exceptions during MHE handling, and providing mobile visibility to deliveries, including deliver exceptions. Continue reading “Reflections on ProMat 2015”

Myths About Business Intelligence in Supply Chain Projects

In our last post, we focused on why Business Intelligence (BI) is critical to successful supply chain projects (https://bit.ly/2MxGR5C). Now we will take a look at two myths that we have seen while implementing BI and analytics as part of supply chain transformation projects at companies across industries.

Myth 1: The Reporting Will Work “Out of the Box”

Often we have found that reporting and business intelligence requirements get put to the side during supply chain software implementations because, while companies understand the importance of setting up the needed visibility for managers, supervisors, and end users, the reports and dashboards are generally expected to just “work.” Many vendors sell this idea when they demo BI as an add-on to packed software solutions. However, this is a common misconception. Packaged BI solutions on the market rarely allow for a one-size-fits-all approach. Additionally, the focus, testing, and training in a supply chain implementation is often on the transactional systems (WMS, TMS, etc.) until at the last minute someone asks, “What about the reports?” It is necessary to review any packaged solutions and incorporate BI design into the design phase of the project. Identifying a BI team early in the project will ensure users have the tools required to fully use transactional systems. Also, as part of the BI design, companies can gather and collect base line metrics to help justify the ROI of projects as part of the implementation. The ultimate lesson of this myth is that each company will have specific needs that need to be identified as part of the project design. Don’t assume that your BI will “just work” out of the box. Continue reading “Myths About Business Intelligence in Supply Chain Projects”

Meet Our CEO & COO at ProMat

Agillitics empowers businesses to see, understand, and optimize new opportunities. Meet with the CEO & COO of Agillitics at Promat 2015 in Chicago March 23rd-26th Promat 2015 Please drop us a note at promat@agillitics.com to schedule a time. Look forward to seeing you in Chicago!