Open Content Research Recipe

Cooks share recipes freely; and computer scientists design open-source software to be widely distributed. The open sharing of this content does not preclude a commercial model for either. Open Content research is similar. Historically, the selling of research has been a small revenue stream for the more traditional analyst companies. Each are frozen in these more traditional models. A new analyst firm, like Supply Chain Insights, does not have these handcuffs. We are free to test new models and push

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Foot is Stepping off the Curb…

I had a great discussion this week with a supply chain leader on the launch of the training that coincides with the release of Bricks Matter on December 24th, 2012. He was excited.  After reviewing the slide deck that I had built for the upcoming IBF conference panel, he wanted to know more about Supply Chain Insights. He loved the slides and the research. As we discussed the roll-out of the Bricks Matter training, he decided to include it in his planning for 2013.

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Changing the Model. One Interaction at a Time.

Hiccup. Hiccup. Hiccup. I was speaking to a client today about the vision for my new analyst firm Supply Chain Insights, and I quickly realized that I had assumed that the clients knew their role in this new model that we are building. They don’t. I am sorry for not being clear. In launching the firm, I have failed to realize is how big of a change this concept is for the user of research from their experiences with a traditional

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Why a Community?

I have thought about this for a long time. I have envisioned a community where supply chain professionals could network freely and globally. I wanted to design a virtual environment where teams can share best practices and have fun. My dream was to build a place that combines the best of the virtual communities of Linkedin, Facebook, Craigslist, FourSquare and Yelp and roll it into a business-to-business social community that is specially designed for the supply chain leader. My Field of Dreams. If I

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The Research Difference

Before I start this blog, you need to know that I am a self-confessed research snob. I take it seriously and have high standards. I have been doing supply chain research for the past nine years. It sounds easier than it is. I have learned a lot on this journey. There are a lot of nuances. I am fortunate to have learned from Pros. I have experienced the research methodologies of three analyst firms (Gartner, AMR Research and Altimeter Group). Each

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Rock on!

We love Amazon. At Supply Chain Insights, we are loyal Amazon shoppers. They deliver pantry supplies to our small office in Baltimore <without charging us shipping> a couple of times a week.  The experience is fun; and for us, convenient.  We also feel that they are a wonderful case study of how supply chains can make a difference in driving value. This week, we celebrated the launch of their same day delivery model with a glass of wine. They are redefining retail

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