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Matthew Davis
Research Director
3 years at Gartner
12 years IT Industry

Matt Davis is a Supply Chain Research Director and lead analyst for Supply Chain Strategy. Read Full Bio

Supply Chain Risk Management: Black is the New Black?

by Matt Davis  |  August 2, 2012

Black is the new black? Hype around “Black Swan Events” – large scale, unpredictable disruptions – is all the rage today in supply chain risk management.  But if black swans are supposed to be the outliers, then why does it seem like supply chains are being hit by so many each year? The black swans […]

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2012 Forecast for Corporate Buzzwords and Phrases

by Matt Davis  |  March 8, 2012

Sure, you’re cool… but are you corporate cool?  Had a more than flat reaction when busting out a “synergy” recently?  Been blown away by a coworkers slick use of “ideate” in Friday’s big meeting?  How do you keep track of the latest buzzwords and know when to retire others? Don’t fret, I’m here to help. As […]

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Corporate Jargon as Famous Movie Quotes

by Matt Davis  |  December 14, 2011

Occasionally in my work with clients, I will say some jargon that clearly does not register.  And in an effort to clarify, I always try to think of a better way to explain that just providing a definition.  So for you all you hybrid business geeks / movie buffs, here are my thoughts on some ways we […]

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Social Network Solutions Businesses (OSOs) Bypassing OEMs Will Impact Supply Chain

by Matt Davis  |  December 12, 2011

10 years ago I was watching TV and saw a commercial for a dish soap that had a website link at the bottom of the ad.  I thought, “Why the heck would I go to their website to look at soap?  Nuts.”  It seemed bizarre.  Now, weblinks in commercials are a mainstay.  In fact, demand management […]

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Google Acquisition of Motorola: OSO Model and the Solutions Supply Chain

by Matt Davis  |  August 15, 2011

Unless you were hiding under a rock today, you must have heard about Google’s acquisition of Motorola and there’s is already chatter on motives of the deal.  My take is that this acquisition falls in line with a lot of activity we are seeing in the High Tech industry as companies try to develop solutions […]

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You HAVEN’T heard of an OSO?! Let’s talk about some solutions.

by Matt Davis  |  July 29, 2011

The elevator I take to my office every day has a small video monitor that flashes snip-its of news, some stock tickers and, often, advertisements for products.  The last week, a series of those advertisements from Dell grabbed my attention.  Each had a singular picture of a particular user, say a hospital, a classroom or […]

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M2M Connected Supply Chain … for Ice Cream?

by Matt Davis  |  June 8, 2011

I am at Axeda’s annual Connexion conference which brings together users,  practitioners, analysts and providers in the M2M (machine-to-machine) / connected products ecosystem and found an interesting outcome of connecting the physical, digital and data networks of supply chain fulfillment: on-demand ice cream… with toppings no less. MooBella ( is showcasing machines that enable the user […]

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Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference – AMR Supply Chain Top 25

by Matt Davis  |  May 23, 2011

We are only a week away from our annual Supply Chain Executive conference in Scottsdale.  The content for this year is quite exciting and we are all looking forward to the reveal of the 2011 Supply Chain Top 25.  The conference has been a hot topic with clients so I wanted to provide more details.  […]

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Big Earnings Announcements… Implications for 2011 AMR Supply Chain Top 25

by Matt Davis  |  February 22, 2011

Some big earnings announcements have CEO’s talking supply chain… and have me reflecting on a completed FY11. In doing so, I began to think about who may make the list on the AMR Supply Chain Top 25. To get some insights, I sat down to interview Debra Hofman who runs the annual research in this area.

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Watson, First Step Jeopardy… Next Step Supply Chain?

by Matt Davis  |  February 16, 2011

For Jeopardy fans like myself, the last two nights of play have been quite different than the traditional matches. Not just because all time champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter have returned, but more because they are playing against a computer named Watson. Watson can “read” questions, interpret meanings, find natural language relationships and answer questions with a range of confidence intervals… all in the form of a question, of course. So what if Watson ran your supply chain?

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