Managing volatility and supply chain risk: speaker interview with David Simchi-Levi
Daryl Pereira 270002AW8D firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  scm ilog sca ibmimpact supplychain
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We recently managed to catch up with David Simchi-Levi as he prepares to present on supply chain optimization at this year’s IBM Impact event.
Who are you and what is your role at IBM?
I am professor of engineering systems at MIT, ILOG Chief Scientist and LogicTools Co-founder. I provide subject matter expertise and thought leadership in a number of areas but more specifically for supply chain planning and scheduling.
Can you give us a quick overview of what sessions are you presenting at this year's Impact?
I will be talking about the importance of leveraging Information Technology to manage volatility and supply chain risk. There will be a lot of emphasis on adding flexibility to supply chain operations as a mechanism to manage uncertainty and volatility. I am also excited to talk about what I call, The Seven Myths of Operational Excellence - but you’ll have to attend my session to learn more.
If there was one key message you would like attendees at this year's Impact to take away, what would that be?
Organizations can and should leverage IT to achieve operational efficiency. This, together with a small investment in business flexibility, can result in significant reduction in costs, free up working capital, and improve customer service levels.
What other sessions are you particularly interested in attending at the event?
I am looking forward to Karen Butner’s session on Building Smarter Supply Chains 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.
What for you has been the biggest change as a result of ILOG becoming part of IBM?
The biggest change is our increased ability to bring value to our customers in terms of thought leadership, new demand-driven product offerings, and quick ROI.
If readers are interested in finding out more about ILOG Optimization and Supply Chain Solutions what should they do?
Of course readers should come to see us in the IMPACT Solution Hall, but more importantly, we are offering 1:1 hour-long consultations with IBM best practice experts on a variety of technology, industry and assessment topics. These meetings are available only to IMPACT 2010 attendees at no additional charge.
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