Manufacturing Value Chain

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I received an email from Zappos, the online shoe company, the other day less than 12 hours after I had placed my original order. The text read, “Whoa, Nellie! Have we got a surprise for you! Although you originally ordered standard shipping, we're upgrading the shipping time frame for your order. It will ship out today, so you'll get it even faster than we originally promised! It's kind of like we waved our magic wand! Please note that this is being done at no additional cost to you. It's our way of s


Last week PTC made several important announcements around its product portfolio at PlanetPTC Live 2011, PTC's customer conference. In the days after the conference as a general practice, I got many questions from several existing PTC, non PTC customers and the financial community about PTC's  new products and  strategic direction. In this post I have briefly covered my analysis and presented only few high level conclusions from these discussions. I remain open to further discussion.

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For a while now, business theorists have talked about processes. I am finally starting to see reality kick in as manufacturers across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are taking action. Recent results from our IDC Manufacturing Insights Business and IT Priorities survey point towards a realistic change in the fundamentals of how the entire value chain is been reengineered using a process approach.


Recently I attended  the Camstar Systems Inc. Customer Conference held in San Diego, California. The conference drew Camstar's existing and potential customers from across Camstar's product portfolio. Camstar customers shared the technical architecture of their complex industry-driven implementations and also presented the best practices on how to reduce business process complexity in their respective vertical industry environment.

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Comparing the Manufacturing Industry Overall to Manufacturers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Whether a manufacturer is in the early stages or well on its way to incorporating environmental sustainability into its business, it's clear that sustainability means change in the way manufacturers design, source, make, and deliver their products.

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When you hear the word collaboration what do you think of? A harmonious kumbaya-like environment where manufacturers, retailers and everyone else along the way all hold hands and share information to deliver a better and more timely product to the customer? Likely, not. But it’s nice to dream, especially as the dream is slowly moving towards a new reality.

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Simon Ellis and I recently attended Consumer Goods Technology (CGT)'s Sales and Marketing Summit in New York City, and we'd like to share some of the conversations that interested us most.  The event drew an audience filled with CPG companies, with those on stage including Walmart, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, L'Oreal, Kraft Foods, and Procter & Gamble.  Of course, most of the presentations centered on reaching the consumer in new ways and better understanding consumer behavior.  

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OK, I admit it; I'm a data geek, having spent a considerable part of my career worrying about mundane things like data accuracy and governance. I think too many companies take their underlying data for granted and are surprised when data problems compromise new initiatives and capabilities.  Consequently, I find myself alarmed that data quality has not been as prominent as I believe it should be in discussions about things like mobility, cloud and the digital supply chain.

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