Infosys: DNA Therapy for Strategic Cost Reduction in Supply Chains


I stumbled upon this article and thought it worth commenting.

The Author is certainly thinking along the right lines BUT (to continue the analogy) is lacking a means of determining what is a safe target weight. Too lean can mean too fragile! “Supply Chains” are, more accurately [and increasingly], Global Supply Networks. A trend that is set to continue with, I suspect, the most successful being Global Value Networks.

Fragility moreso than “obesity” is a threat to Supply Chain (SC) robustness.

“Redundancy” must be built-in “where it is needed” i.e.where there is weakness in the chain, but, particularly because, of the tough trading conditions, it is vital to quantify where the weaknesses are.

To do so requires the means to map and measure the effectiveness of the entire Supply Chain. That is where the problems begin…unless you ask me:  “HOW?”

Just the kind of question that I and my colleagues at Ontonix, are SO VERY KEEN TO HELP ANSWER.

…is there a one view holistic approach which gets to the fundamental building blocks of the organization’s supply chain and works of those elements to shed the extra fats “at source”. Can organization supply chains have a DNA which is very characteristic to the individual company’s personality and the industry which determine how the supply chain operates? We are looking for a “Strategic Cost Reduction” approach to supply chain to treat the root cause of supply chain obesity. I have come across various models of cost reduction and personally feel a one axis view would always by tactical and for a strategic approach one needs to look at a multitude of factors

Sample illustration of a possible supply chain DNA model for cost reduction

Information Overload, procrastination & "complexity paralysis"


As a follow-up to recent articles (see below) I thought it worth sharing this blog which, deals more with the sheer volume of information, rather than the IMPACT upon our ability to function effectively in home or work environments.

It doesn’t take too much thought to envisage the toll it takes when so much of the new “streaming” information requires to be, rapidly, deciphered, understood, interpreted and applied to enable you, your colleagues or your organisation to perform whatever task(s) you were undertaking before the tsunami of – distracting or confusing – new information struck!:

The problem is that people don’t have tools to filter information down to the most useful bits with minimal effort. The only choices we have right now are to take everything through our various media sources or shut ourselves off from potential opportunities. Of course that’s a false choice because when we let ourselves be inundated by information we miss things anyway–time is the ultimate arbiter of attention.

via Infographic: Is Information Overload Over-Hyped? | Fast Company.