Supply Chain Management Focus – Information Technology and the Virtual Supply Chain

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An Executive Overview: Many manufacturing companies responding to the rapidly changing business environment are discovering that their business systems no longer meet their needs. The rise of the networked or virtual manufacturing company is redefining the business relationship among trading partners. (Trading partners typically include suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, customers, and consumers – commonly called a Supply Chain.)

Who should attend:

Business Owners, CEOs, Presidents, CFOs, CIOs, CTOs, Operations and Supply Chain professionals, Lean champions, and Materials Management professionals – people with an interest in learning how to leverage Information Technology in developing and maximizing the flow of information across their company’s Supply Chain. This compelling presentation gives executives and practitioners insights into this subject matter and provides ideas to consider in the years ahead.

About the Presentation:

With the accelerating need for high quality, low cost, and fast turnaround, only those companies with the appropriate technology and organizational business structure will survive. Busines your company. The speaker draws upon many years of experience in implementing WCM as both an insider and as a consultant in many different industries (please see bio for more details).

We will cover the history, differences, and similarities between traditional management approaches and WCM and Lean. WCM and Lean have been made famous over the last 20 years as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and popular books like Lean Thinking by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones.

Summary Learning Objectives:

  • History and evolution of WCM and Lean
  • Traditional versus WCM/Lean from a materials management perspective
  • Considerations before implementing WCM/Lean
  • Implementation planning – Value Stream Mapping using current and future states analysis
  • Materials management and APICS Practitioners – Key areas of focus and support for WCM and Lean
  • Lean implementation continuum and conclusion
  • Q&A forum

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