Why 9 out of 10 companies don't achieve sustainable results in their continuous improvement process.

supply chain, execution management, manufacturing

Almost every production company has a continuous improvement process: an army of people is constantly working on improving operational KPI’s, like, for instance, Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). However, despite all the effort, results may be stagnating. Does this sound familiar? Then you most likely have the wrong focus in steering operations. In this article, our manufacturing expert Martin Dieker shares what indicators make the difference in steering your operations.

Martin Dieker
By Martin Dieker

The Supply Chain Digital Twin: What is it?

supply chain, covid19, transparency, analytics, data science

digital twin is a highly detailed digital replica of any system that uses comprehensive data to emulate the working of the system at all times. Therefore, a supply chain digital twin is a simulation model of a supply chain. You feed the model real-time data from all sources and systems of the organizations that can exactly work out the effects of macro and micro-changes on the system using advanced analytics and learning models.

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

Living in a VUCA World: Increase Competitiveness as a Project-Driven Company

supply chain, innovation, VUCA

We live in a changing world, and our environment becomes increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Over the last few weeks, we dove into the VUCA framework and the megatrends that shape VUCA. In the final article of this series, we'll put together the learnings and focus on the companies thriving in a VUCA world: competitive project-driven companies that are lean, agile and digital.

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

AIO on GitHub: vault_get_secret tutorial

supply chain, data science

In today's tutorial, Sebastian shows you how to use vault_get_secret, the function we have released on our GitHub page last week. vault_get_secret helps you extract keys from the Azure key vault.

 

The key vault is based on three pillars: key management, secret management and certificate management. We mainly use it for the secret management, where we store tokens, passwords, API keys and so on. Since we need to access these, we wrote a function called vault_get_secret that helps us no longer store the secrets in our code, but rather access them through the function. This is a more secure way of working, and we have to worry less about who has access to the code.

 

Sebastian Szilvas
By Sebastian Szilvas

The founding of aioneers: interview with Andreas Müller

supply chain, covid19, innovation

Today, I’m talking to Andreas, one of aioneers’ founders and CEO of aioneers Technology. He will tell us more about the what’s and why’s of aioneers. In December we’re taking some time to introduce you to our team, and we’ve been running an advent calendar on social media.

 

Ilja Postel
By Ilja Postel

AIO on GitHub: our OpenSource project for the supply chain community

supply chain, analytics, data science

Today on our blog: watch Titus and Sebastian explain why we started AIO on GitHub, our OpenSource project for the supply chain community. 

 

comprehensive, forward-looking open-source library of code for supply chain scientists does not exist, which means we are all working from scratch for every project. We are taking old scripts, copying them, and adapting them for every new project. 

Titus Lottig
By Titus Lottig

The untapped gold mine of Supply-Chain-as-a-Service

supply chain, analytics

The introduction of new technologies changes the way the supply chain is organized. Cloud computing has initiated a movement from functional supply chains to network-based ecosystems. Through cloud technology, information-based tasks like forecasting, planning, order management, analytics can easily be shared with specialized service providers – enhancing the performance of the supply chain and reducing costs. Cloud technology accelerates Taylorism, giving rise to Supply-Chain-as-a-Service (SCaaS).

Dr. Christoph Kilger
By Dr. Christoph Kilger

Speed of innovation

supply chain, innovation

The speed of innovation has increased significantly over the last 15 years. The success of technology and innovation leaders like Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft illustrates this development.

 

Philipp Flemming
By Philipp Flemming

Covid-19 bullwhip revisited

supply chain, covid19, bullwhip effect

As described in my earlier post, many supermarkets around the world experienced shortages of toilet paper due to the Covid-19 induced bullwhip effect. Now, we witnessed the second phase of this phenomenon. As consumers increased the safety stock levels of toilet paper in their homes in order to prevent stockouts – resulting in stockouts on the supermarket shelves – they purchased a lower quantity in the last week.

Dr. Christoph Kilger
By Dr. Christoph Kilger

Covid-19 induced bullwhip effect

supply chain, covid19, bullwhip effect

In the last weeks, toilet paper was short in many supermarkets due to Covid-19. This is a nice example of the dynamics in supply chains, where a small change might lead to tremendous fluctuations of demand and supply.

Dr. Christoph Kilger
By Dr. Christoph Kilger
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