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ASCM Sep 2023 In-Person and Virtual Meeting, Denver CO

By Arnold Miller posted 08/29/23 07:22 AM


ASCM Colorado Chapter

Topic: The Future of Supply Chain Work... How Globalization & Digital Technologies Will Shape Global Supply Chain Management
Date: 13 Sep 2023, 5:30 - 8:30 pm MST
In-Person Place: Renaissance Boulder Flatiron Hotel, 500 Flatiron Blvd, Broomfield, CO

Virtual Registrants will receive a link the day before the Meeting
5:30pm Registration / Networking
6:00pm Business Meeting & Dinner
7:00pm Presentation

  • Topic: The Future of Supply Chain Work... How Globalization & Digital Technologies Will Shape Global Supply Chain Management
  • Speaker: Alan Dunn
  • Information:
    • The way we manage global supply chains will be different in the future for a number of reasons. These changes will be driven by FOUR underlying realities:

      1.  Work itself is being redefined. COVID-19 lockdowns inadvertently changed
      the trajectory of remote work. Employees are questioning the need to "go to an
      office" to execute their mostly digital work at the same time employers are questioning the need to invest in hard assets like buildings and furniture.

      2.  Information systems, especially cloud-based ones, are providing unparalleled insights through the layers in global supply chains. Planners and procurement professionals will be fully entangled, digitally allowing them to make decisions they may not have been qualified or approved to make previously. Decision rights will ultimately move to lower levels in supply chain organizations.

      3.  Supply chain professionals are adapting to greater distances, increasing complexities, cross-cultural and multi-language factors faster than expected. This is almost entirely driven by direct and adjacent technologies.

      4.  Supply chain practitioners at all levels have substantially more education in global supply chain issues, mostly due to universities retooling their supply chain related curriculum, and the substantial influence of the various ASCM certifications.

    • When all is said and done, a day in the life of supply chain professionals will be impacted less by individual technologies and more by the convergence of powerful new technologies such as:

      1.  Cloud-based AI-assisted decision support tools that predict the quality of input data as well as output results in ERP-type information systems.
      2.  Deep and routine insights through multiple layers of suppliers, provided by global consortia information systems.
      3.  Enhanced voice, image and data communications capabilities that connect everyone all the time.
      4.  Substantial robotic innovations in material handling, distribution, logistics and warehousing.

    • These driving technologies, working in concert, will mandate global supply
      chain professionals build different skill sets. The process of reacting to
      system-generated action messages will be replaced with scenario
      recommendations with imbedded risk assessments for most critical day-to-day
      planning and scheduling systems. This transition to "outcome-based planning" will require INCREASES in critical thinking skills (CRS) and judgement, contrary to the popular view that decision automation will require less CRS and judgement.
      The goal of this presentation is to alert supply chain participants to the new skills they must develop to remain relevant and useful to their employers over the next two decades.

  • Speaker Bio:
    • Alan G. Dunn is currently President of GDI Consulting & Training Company and founder of the Manufacturing Executive Institute (MEI).  
    • He is also the creator and lead-instructor of the 18-month Next Generation Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program at the California Institute of Technology’s (Caltech) Center for Technology & Management Education (CTME), where he has taught since 1984.
    • Mr. Dunn also serves on the University of California at Riverside’s (UCR) Advisory Board for Transformative Leadership in Disruptive Times.
    • Over his 40-year career in global supply chain consulting, Mr. Dunn has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous public, private and non-profit companies.
    • He is the recipient of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) prestigious "Director of the Year" award in 2007.
    • Alan is a career Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) volunteer, having served as the President of the Orange County Chapter in 1984 and Chairman of ASCM in 2015. He was inducted into the "ASCM New England Supply Chain Conference Hall of Fame" in 2022.

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  • In-Person APICS Members: $35 before 7 Sep, $40 after
  • In-Person Non APICS: $40 before 7 Sep, $35 after
  • Students: Free
  • Virtual: Free; before 11 Sep to receive a link the day before Meeting