Building a smarter supply chain: the view from the IBM Institute for Business Value’s Karen Butner
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In this latest speaker interview, we speak to Karen Butler from the IBM Institute for Business Value. A renowned expert on supply chain management strategies, Karen explains how at this year’s Impact you can expect an insight into current issues and trends driving towards the smarter supply chain of the future.
Who are you and what is your role at IBM?
I serve as the Global Supply Chain Management Leader for the IBM Institute for Business Value. I am primarily responsible for research, market insights, and development of IBM’s thought leadership strategies, perspectives and associated collateral encompassing global supply chain management trends.
Can you give us a quick overview of what sessions are you presenting at this year's Impact?
I will be sharing IBM’s roadmap to building the smarter supply chain of the future. There will be a lot of emphasis on what the leaders – those top performing supply chains around the world -- are focused on. What strategies and initiatives they are prioritizing for solving what these leading executives see as the Top 5 Supply Chain Challenges. Namely, cost containment, visibility, risk management, customer demands, and globalization.
If there was one key message you would like attendees at this year's Impact to take away, what would that be?
First, the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) continues to evolve as does the challenge of orchestrating an efficient supply chain strategy. It’s all about integration and collaboration in the network. Second, the Supply Chain of the Future must be SMARTER...It will be Instrumented, Interconnected & Intelligent. Now is the time to assess readiness and plan for future growth.
What other sessions are you particularly interested in attending at the event?
I am looking forward to David Simchi-Levi’s session, Creating Value in a Volatile World: The Role of Information Technology, as well as a number of ILOG sessions offered in the Business Program. ILOG Business Rules, Optimization and Supply Chain Management customers, plus industry and product experts, will share new ways of using our technologies to work smarter. This is a fantastic learning opportunity for executives and practitioners who need to quickly cut costs or want to share ways of using our technologies to work smarter.
If readers are interested in finding out more about IBM’s guidance on Building the Smarter Supply Chain of the Future, what should they do?
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