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Transforming Your Supply Chain

by Mark Atwood  |  February 9, 2015  |  Submit a Comment

To kick off our monthly newsletter and webinar series this year, we’ve chosen to begin with the topic of Supply Chain transformation. We continue to see keen interest in this subject, both from clients and non-clients alike. We hear the demand loud and clear:

• As our analysts are travelling the country from February to April and conducting local content roundtables, SC transformation is again one of the most-requested topics for discussion
• Our survey of 110 Supply Chain executives last year indicated that “SC Strategy and Transformation” was the top topic of interest, with 93% of respondents reporting “interest” or “extreme interest” in the subject
• More recently, a survey of close to 100 of our Enterprise Supply Chain Leaders members indicated that a top 3 topic of highest importance was “advancing in DDVN maturity” — and we know that many clients identify and execute specific transformation initiatives to enable that advancement

We’ve published a variety of SC transformation research pieces in the last year and this month our Gartner Supply Chain newsletter brought that research together. For our newsletter we started with an overview “Guide to Supply Chain Transformation.”  We then dove deeper and looked at the two different types of transformations we are seeing. We then took a 10 year retrospective look at our Supply Chain Top 25, which showcases many companies who have transformed their supply chains — and have in fact become leaders because of those changes.  In the next report featured in our newsletter, we dive deep into one value chain in particular and look at the Why of transformation as compared to the How. This note examines Consumer Products manufacturers upstream and Retailers downstream — and in that report we examine the fundamental changes that are becoming necessary to fulfill orders successfully to multichannel consumers. These changes will in turn require significant Supply Chain transformations for the organizations that compete for these customers.  And finally, in the last newsletter artice we featured, we draw some distinctions between incremental Supply Chain change and true transformations — both which have their place.

While our newsletter and research notes are available for clients only, we are offering a webinar on some of these ideas later ths week – which is open to everyone.  My colleague Mike Dominy will be hosting a webinar on the topic on February 12. Please note: if you are not a Gartner client, you will be asked to register:
 Supply Chain and Demand-Driven Transformation
If this topic is of interest, please be sure to join us!

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Mark Atwood
Managing VP
11 years at Gartner
24 years IT Industry

Mark Atwood's experience includes more than 23 years of work that spans research, consulting, strategy and operations, and marketing. He also brings an IT end user's perspective to his role. Mr. Atwood is a Managing Vice President within Gartner's Supply Chain Research organization. He is the Team Manager for the Industries Value Chain team, which covers healthcare/life sciences, consumer packaged goods, retail, high tech, industrial, and process chemical from the supply chain perspective. Read Full Bio

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