May 17, 2020

IBM: accelerating digital in the supply chain

Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
With artificial intelligence (AI) playing a major part in supply chains, IBM Watson launched its IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite last year
More companies than ever before are digitising processes to optimise workflows and streamline operations.

With artificial intelligence (AI) now playing...

More companies than ever before are digitising processes to optimise workflows and streamline operations. 

With artificial intelligence (AI) now playing a major part in the majority of supply chains globally, IBM Watson launched its IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite last year. It is an open, integrated platform that easily connects to your supplier ecosystem, while implementing technologies such as AI and blockchain. The suite allows you to address continuous supply challenges and enable end-to-end visibility, real-time insights and recommended actions to transform disruptions into opportunities for customer engagement, growth and profit. 

In order to be successful in this new age of digital transformation, supply chains must be dynamic, responsive and interconnected across ecosystems and processes. Driving efficiency is a core component of long-term success in the supply chain space. The IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite helps develop an intelligent, self-correcting supply chain in several different ways

  • Real-time intelligence and actionable recommendations

Applications and control towers, which are embedded with AI and trained in supply chain, provides end-to-end visibility, real-time alerts and recommendations that can be automated for self-correcting actions that can help drive better business outcomes.

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  • Trusted connectivity - built to scale, backed by IBM Blockchain

The company’s blockchain-enabled, multi-enterprise business network provides frictionless, secured connectivity and collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers. There is the opportunity to engage with over 800,000 preconnected trading partners executing 3bn transactions annually.

  • Open to developers to create tailored solutions

The IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite allows system integrators and developers to create, extend and integrate tailored supply chain solutions that interoperate with other business networks and applications. 

  • Hybrid-cloud integration to extend existing supply chain investments

As opposed to time-consuming and expensive migrations, the suite’s enterprise-ready containerised software, in addition with IBM Cloud Paks, enables users to extend the value and reach of legacy applications and data. The hybrid approach enables greater freedom to choose where to run workloads and the ability to link them to value-added services in the IBM Sterling Supply Chain Suite.

Ultimately, supply chains the world over are seeking to introduce greater efficiency into operations in order to create a smarter supply chain. Technology remains the key enabler to making that future a reality to companies and it is set to continue to play an influential role in 2020 and beyond.

For more information on all topics for Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics - please take a look at the latest edition of Supply Chain Digital magazine.

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Jul 23, 2021

The Ultimate Procurement & Supply Chain Event

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ProcurementSupplyChainLive
3 min
New sponsor and speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live, where innovation meets implementation, coming to you live from London

Global eProcurement leader JAGGAER has been announced as the latest sponsor for Procurement & Supply Chain Live. 

Recognised as a Leader by Gartner in both Strategic Sourcing and Procure-To-Pay, JAGGAER’s direct and indirect eProcurement solutions help over 1850 customers, connecting to a network of 4 million+ suppliers in 70 countries.

From September 28th-30th, Procurement & Supply Chain Live gives you the opportunity to network with C-level executives, gain insight from industry pioneers and walk away with actionable insights that accelerate your career. By the end of the week, we promise you’ll have the skills to solve the world’s most pressing supply chain and procurement challenges. 

Whether you attend virtually or in-person, you’ll strategise how to cope with global disruption, learn from industry pioneers - including newly announced speakers Chris Shanahan, VP Global Procurement/CPO at Thermo Fisher Scientific; Jim Townsend, Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance; and David Cho, CPO at University of Massachusetts - and walk away with tips, tactics, and tangible connections. 

How to Attend

 

In a COVID-disrupted era, we know that the majority of people would rather avoid travelling for events─why take the risk, right? In response to the continued disruption, BizClik Media Group has decided that Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE will offer the best of both worlds through hybrid accessibility. 

That means you and your peers can attend the event in person or virtually ─ with no disadvantages for people who choose not to make the trip to the Tobacco Dock venue. 

 

In-Person

Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE will be held at the Tobacco Dock in London, an industry-leading venue that is renowned for delivering world-class events. For attendees’ peace of mind, the venue is working to the government-endorsed AEV All Secure Framework, alongside mia’s AIM Secure and ‘Good to Go’ accreditation, they will ensure that we achieve a COVID-secure environment to facilitate all of your networking needs. 

Virtually

Our physical venue is both historic and stunning, but it has no bearing on the information that you and your peers can gain from the event. You can still absorb it all, interact with other attendees, and enjoy the conference experience on your alternative, virtual platform. 

The platform will feature live feeds from all of the stages, as well as virtual networking areas. So, if you want to avoid travel, it’s not a problem! You can still get involved and enjoy the entire experience from the comfort of your own home. 

New Speakers for Procurement & Supply Chain Live


Chris Shanahan
VP Global Procurement/CPO at Thermo Fisher Scientific

 

Shanahan is Vice President, Global Procurement/CPO for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Waltham, MA. He joined the company to lead efforts in leveraging scale in the marketplace, develop capability and processes across the company, while transforming the supply base. He co-authored the Procurement Leaders Handbook, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Open University in the United Kingdom.


Jim Townsend
Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance

 

Townsend leads Walgreens procurement (Goods and Services Not For Resale). Prior to joining Walgreens Boots Alliance, he worked for Anglo American and General Electric also within commercial procurement. He has worked overseas extensively, in both manufacturing and retail environments. He holds an MBA in Strategic Procurement from the University of Birmingham, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

 

David Cho
CPO at University of Massachusetts

Cho is Chief Procurement Officer for the University of Massachusetts, Unified Procurement Services Team (UPST), comprising strategic sourcing, contracts, supplier management, procurement operations, accounts payable, travel services, and customer service that provide quality service to the UMass system. Cho has 25-plus years of strategy and operations management consulting and industry experience. He was formerly Global Head of Sourcing and Vendor Management at BlackRock.

 

CLICK HERE to order now and make the most of our early-bird offer. Ticket prices increase over 50% soon!

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