Network Design: The Art of Simplicity is a Puzzle of Complexity

Have you ever tried solving a jigsaw puzzle cardboard side up? While not theoretically impossible, it can be done with determination, time, and an understanding of how the puzzle is solved. Most jigsaw puzzles are rectangular, solving for at least the borders upside down does not take much effort. From there, time and perseverance is the best solution to solve the inside pieces. Building a supply chain network model without proper model strategy and design is like solving a jigsaw puzzle, upside down. Model strategy and design creates a foundation that adds color and depth to network design models that, otherwise, would be monotonous and void of true business value. Continue reading “Network Design: The Art of Simplicity is a Puzzle of Complexity”

Information Consumption and the Laws of Visualization

The Problem

“Visual excellence is that which gives the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time with the least ink in the smallest space” – Edward Tufte. Often, it is easy to aggregate data and answer clients’ needs;however, creating a concise story from the visualizations and delivering suitable insights can be more difficult. Finding appropriate, effective, and simple visuals to best represent data is a challenging task that must be approached from multiple angles. In addition to incorporating user needs, it is imperative to apply best practice UI/UX to data visualization. In particular, to truly understand and respond to the user, we have to utilize heavily researched psychological factors within our dashboards. In this article, we address these challenges and help you create impactful visuals. We are in an ever-changing dialogue with data and we want to take you through the journey of combining these human tendencies with business intelligence and analytics to create a better finished product. Continue reading “Information Consumption and the Laws of Visualization”

Artificial Intelligence – from Turing to Today

Artificial Intelligence is the key to harnessing the potential of the future. Articles detailing this have been circling the media universe for a while now but what is AI and why is it useful? To explore this beyond the oversimplified definition of “smart robots”, let’s start from the early origins.

The Turing Effect

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Keith Robbins, Director Supply Chain Program Management

Keith Robbins joins Agillitics Team as Director, Supply Chain Program Management

Atlanta –August 5, 2015 – Today Agillitics, LLC, announced that Keith Robbins has joined Agillitics as Director, Supply Chain Program Management. “We are all really excited to have Keith on board at Agillitics.  Keith brings a wealth of experience in managing very complex technology projects.  His leadership qualities are also a perfect fit with our continuous learning culture.” Receive up-to-date news directly from Agillitics on TwitterLinkedInFacebook. Continue reading “Keith Robbins, Director Supply Chain Program Management”

Supply Chain “Predictive” Analytics

In our last few posts we focused on the importance of bringing supply chain data into an Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) (http://bit.ly/SupplyChainED) and the value achieved (ROI) of doing so (https://bit.ly/2nqGv62). Staging and storing data enables essential descriptive and diagnostic analytics. Predictive analytics is a natural next step in the analytics maturity model.

Below is a visualization of the Supply Chain Analytics Maturity Model from Gartner. What type of analytics is your company currently implementing? We would love to hear from you.

Supply Chain Analytics Maturity Model

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