Think Outside the Firewall

July 25, 2017 Cindi Hane

I recently saw this blog post about the use of buzzwords in business.  When I was just trying to find it again, I discovered that there are more blogs about buzzwords than there are buzzwords. 

It reminded me of my time running professional services for a division of Baan.  It was the year 2000 and I was recognized by the organization for record growth and profitability in our consulting business.  I received a Tag Heuer watch, a plaque, and this lovely gem:

I still display this in my office, despite it being a visual metaphor of one of the most lampooned business buzzwords of the present day.  I was honored to receive it and I am proud of what it represents.  And just look at it – what’s not to love?!

In my current role, I am an evangelist for using a Supply Chain Operating Network for Logistics.  I talk to customers about the need to build their supply chain solutions beyond what is available in their own operating systems.  My pitch is summed up like this:

In effect, I’m saying “think outside your firewall” because that is where your supply chain lives.  Thinking outside of your firewall for supply chain solutions opens up the possibilities for improved collaboration with your trading partners.  It offers a better source of data for visibility.  It increases in value as more participants join the ecosystem.  It may even help you reduce the number of spreadsheets you are using to power your supply chain! 

On the topic of spreadsheets, check out what happens when an improv troupe learns enough about supply chain operating networks to tease us about our fixation with spreadsheets:  http://resources.elemica.com/conferences-and-events/elemica-presents-boom-chicago-im-just-a-spreadsheet

If you are tired of herding cats, boiling the ocean, and searching for quick wins, look at our Resources page to learn more about Automation, Collaboration and Visibly with a Supply Chain Operating Network.  And remember, as my little thinking guy balancing on a stick hanging outside of a box says, “Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible.”

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