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Why are Business Intelligence Tools so Stupid?

May 15, 2015

I recently attended a Gartner Business Intelligence Summit and spoke with many of the attendees. The most common sentiment I heard was, “We have plenty of tools. The last thing we need is another tool.” I give huge credit to my IT brethren who have eagerly adopted different tools only to have them lie on … Continue reading Why are Business Intelligence Tools so Stupid?

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 4

May 14, 2015

Reason #2 and #3 I would like to share my next two “non-cash flow” reasons for inventory and cycle time reduction through an experience I had over a decade ago. The story is about a life-saving product in which my company had a dominant global market share position. We manufactured it using mammalian cell culture … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 4

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Are Data Lakes The Answer?

May 4, 2015

Joe Panettieri of Information Management Magazine recently published an interesting article on the pros and cons of data lakes concluding that while data lakes (effectively, cloud based storage of “big data” in an unstructured database) may be the way of the future, they suffer from data security (e.g., role-based access), data quality, and scalability challenges. … Continue reading Are Data Lakes The Answer?

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Director - Retail & Fashion

Does your Supply Chain Still Operate in the Dark Ages?

April 3, 2015

Come hither! Did you know in many companies, access to supply chain data resembles medieval fiefdoms? There are a few disparate “kings” and “queens” who seem to control it all. The data queen may be overburdened and may not be able to support everyone. Perhaps the data king is a spreadsheet savvy finance guy whose … Continue reading Does your Supply Chain Still Operate in the Dark Ages?

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Announcing Series B Funding, Oracle Integration and FusionOps for Salesforce

March 26, 2015

It’s an exciting time at FusionOps. Today we made a series of announcements that include a Series B funding round led by the world’s premier venture firm, NEA, a new application for Salesforce.com and significant new product extensions that include Oracle ERP integration. Our Series B funding is being used to expand the company in … Continue reading Announcing Series B Funding, Oracle Integration and FusionOps for Salesforce

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Director - Retail & Fashion

A Few Words from New Head of Retail and Fashion Analytics

March 17, 2015

I’m Jason and I head up our Retail and Fashion division here at FusionOps. I come from Columbia Sportswear, where for the past three years, I lead the reporting and analytics project teams that implemented a large-scale Global Business Transformation (GBT) program. I also drove the partnership with a rising data analytics star – FusionOps … Continue reading A Few Words from New Head of Retail and Fashion Analytics

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

High Anxiety in Big Pharma

March 17, 2015

Drastic measures and a touch and go prognosis… The pharmaceutical industry lives in anxiety… and we’re not just talking about the people taking the drugs. Fretting about the next blockbuster drug is a constant. From 2012 to 2016, over half of the top 20 drugs will have lost their exclusivity. Bad news. Exclusivity is the … Continue reading High Anxiety in Big Pharma

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Let’s Talk About About Inventory – Part 3

February 28, 2015

Reason #1 – Supply Chain Agility I would like to share four “non-cash flow” reasons for inventory and cycle time reduction to show how the entire organization will benefit from these efforts. It can be difficult to rally the troops outside of finance around a cash flow objective so it is important to understand the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About About Inventory – Part 3

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John Benzekri

Enterprise Sales Manager

Big Data is a Big Deal for Supply Chain

January 21, 2015

Industry Week recently published an interesting article from Accenture’s Mark Pearson. In it, the findings from a recent Accenture survey show that Supply Chain leaders are increasingly aware of Big Data’s capabilities, but struggle with implementation and business-level adoption. Conversely, the article outlines 3 common practices from survey respondents with a high return from their … Continue reading Big Data is a Big Deal for Supply Chain

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 2

December 8, 2014

“Cycle time as a single metric may be the best measurement of an organization’s health.” – Mark Puich – Tefen, Werum When tackling inventory, start with cycle time. It’s not the only driver, but it’s the most significant. Cycle time needs to be attacked methodically and continually, not as a one-time effort as is often the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 2

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 1

November 21, 2014

Almost every company that I talk to or have been a part of has an inventory reduction initiative, and the supply chain organization is typically the owner. I once had the luxury of being in a lead supply chain role where there was no pressure to reduce inventory. I told my team that the day … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Inventory – Part 1

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Geoff Wolfe

VP, Customer Success

Customer Success: Not Your Grandfather’s Services Team

November 8, 2014

When I started my career in the enterprise software industry over two decades ago, the term “Customer Success” didn’t exist. The industry standard was to have an Account Management group focused on relationships, upsells, and maintenance renewals; a Professional Services team dedicated to the complex and expensive implementation; and a Customer Support group who managed … Continue reading Customer Success: Not Your Grandfather’s Services Team

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Manufacturers Moving to Analytics

November 6, 2014

Check out David Greenfields new article in Automation World. He cites some interesting trends from research conducted with ARC Advisory Group. •  Managers were only able to find information when they needed it 61 percent of the time. Or, to put it another way,  two out of five management decisions are not based on facts. … Continue reading Manufacturers Moving to Analytics

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Breaking Through to Better Forecasting

October 18, 2014

Forecast accuracy has been the nemesis of supply chain leaders for as long as I can remember. Throughout my career, the solution has been to implement sound forecasting tools and processes, and to incent improvement from the sales and commercial organizations. Interestingly, in my experience the paradigm has never shifted from finished product forecasting, which … Continue reading Breaking Through to Better Forecasting

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

The Pharma Data Deluge

September 14, 2014

I have been in the pharma and health care supply chain industry for over twenty years, and for much of my career the focus has been on getting our hands on as much data as possible in order to understand our supply chains and take appropriate actions. I remember the days of key punching from … Continue reading The Pharma Data Deluge

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