Do you buy software or transform your operations?
It's been a very interesting 2011 and I've been fortunate to engage in some really good conversations with clients and prospects about technology and supply chain operations. These conversations covered a range of topics that you would typically expect: facility layout, material handling equipment/systems, software, etc. However, the most thought provoking discussions occurred with senior management teams that really centered on how they wanted to use technology to 'transform' their operations in support of the business. I did a quick look-up of the word transform and found the following definitions:
- for optimization and for executing lean approaches to reduce waste
- to reduce operational complexity and increase Dell's cost leadership
Powerfull stuff! This mirrors many of the discussions I was involved in with customers this year. As 2011 winds down and we all catch our breath for a while, it looks like 2012 could well be the year of even more transformation for supply chain operations as it relates to technology. We see signs of the economy recovering in many sectors and the resulting growth and impact on supply chain operations is clearly being felt. Many of these customers have already implemented tremendously successful transformational solutions that leverage technology, but are now looking for the next 'big win' in 2012.
So here's to a roller-coaster 2011 and cheers and best wishes to all of you in 2012. Continued success to you and your teams as you look to transform your operations in support of your 2012 business goals!
If you experienced a particularly significant transformation in your supply chain operations this year, let us know by leaving a few comments here. I'm sure the DC Velocity readers would love to hear about your success and lessons learned.