Webinar: The Missing Link Between New Product Introduction and Sourcing webinar

November 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm America/New_York
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Buyers Meeting Point - Kelly Barner - Twitter


Directworks - Greg Anderson


Supply Chain insights - Lora Cecere

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What is the critical missing link between new product introduction and sourcing for highly engineered products? Driving innovation through greater collaboration & visibility with key suppliers to enhance the quality of product designs.

Supply Chain Insights just concluded a study, sponsored by Directworks, aimed at understanding how well discrete manufacturers collaborate internally and externally with strategic suppliers with an emphasis on New Product Introduction (NPI).

We wanted to understand how companies are managing the intersection between Innovation and Sourcing, what they think is working, what is not and what can be improved.

The study results revealed that innovation through greater collaboration and visibility for internal cross functional stakeholders and the strategic supply base is the critical missing link in:

Bringing in key suppliers earlier in the design and innovation process
Achieving target costs for sourced components
Increasing speed to market for new product launches
Validating supplier quality and capacity to avoid NPI failures
Gauging new supplier viability
Yet, is this innovation opportunity even on the radar of top executives in the space? What approaches and technologies are companies using to enable greater collaboration and visibility in their NPI processes today? What are the recommendations based on the maturity of today’s market?

Join us as Lora Cecere, CEO and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, shares the results of the study, what they mean for discrete manufacturing, and how your organization can benefit from the findings during this one-hour webinar.

Why attend this webinar:

1. Hear the results of a new study aimed at understanding how well discrete manufacturers collaborate internally and externally with strategic suppliers

2. Learn how your organization can benefit from the findings

3. Hear what approaches and technologies are companies using to enable greater collaboration and visibility in their NPI processes today

More information about the speakers:

Directworks - Greg Anderson - President - Twitter

Greg provides guidance for all company operations and works closely with the leadership team to set the strategic direction of Directworks. He brings more than 25 years of experience in enterprise software, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, and supply chain operations to his position.

Before becoming President in 2011, Greg was the EVP of Sales and Marketing at Directworks. Prior to joining Directworks, Greg was a Director at Tenzing Consulting, where he led supply chain transformation engagements at Fortune 500 and private-equity portfolio companies. Greg’s enterprise software experience includes sales and operations roles at SmartOps, the market leader in enterprise inventory optimization solutions, and FreeMarkets (Ariba/SAP), the pioneer in global B2B e-sourcing solutions. Greg’s early career included manufacturing leadership roles at GE and PPG. Greg holds a BS in Engineering from Alfred University.

Outside of work, Greg serves as a Director on the Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association of Western Pennsylvania. In his spare time, you can find Greg stealing away to the beach with his family, perfecting his grilling skills, and pursuing his passions for high performance cars and classic rock music.

Supply Chain insights - Lora Cecere - Founder and CEO - Twitter

In February 2012, I started Supply Chain Insights. My goal is to provide thought-leading supply chain research for the early adopter seeking first mover advantage. My first book, Bricks Matter, was published in December 2012 and now has 17 five-star reviews posted on Amazon.com. I am anxiously awaiting the publication of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter on December 22, 2014.

Research and writing are passions. During the month, you can access my monthly columns in CGT Magazine and Supply Chain Management Review. I am a frequent contributor for Supply Chain Brain, CIO Magazine, and the CSCMP Quarterly. I am also the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman, and contribute frequently as a LinkedIn INfluencer and a Forbes blogger. As an enterprise strategist, I focus on the changing face of enterprise technologies for the supply chain professional.

Previously, I spent 9 years as an industry analyst with Gartner Group, AMR Research, and Altimeter Group; 10 years as a leader in the building of supply chain software at Manugistics and Descartes Systems Group; and 15 years as a supply chain practitioner at Procter & Gamble, Kraft/General Foods, Clorox, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (now a division of Nestlé).

My education includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, I will graduate with a DBA from Temple in 2016, and I have completed post graduate work in organizational development at Georgetown University. Certifications include APICS CIRM and CPIM and I am a past teacher of effective marketing concepts for software executives in the Pragmatic Marketing program.

When not working, you will find me training for a triathlon, attending art shows, tilling in my garden, making textiles of all types (quilting, knitting, and weaving), playing with photography and learning ballet. I am also busy building a log cabin on a farm in West Virginia.

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