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(By Mike Raftery) 105 Degrees.  It's hot.  It's a special kind of hot.  But luckily we're with 1,900 of our closest friends in the sweet embrace of central air conditioning of the Grand Sonoran ballroom at the JW Marriott in Phoenix, AZ.  It's conference season and...

Midpoint Check In from SAPPHIRE NOW

By Claudio Gonzalez Another record breaking Sapphire conference is underway! The initials figures are coming in and it seems that over 30,000 people (plus thousands online) have come to sunny Orlando for the yearly SAP conference. We at SCM Connections are also seeing a significant increase...

The Six Stages of Grief in Transitioning from APO to IBP

(By Susan Wooldridge) You’ve done it! You have finally successfully separated your planners from their spreadsheets and gone live with APO-DP. What an accomplishment! Then two days later, you open your email and you’re hit with the news: “SAP will phase out APO and replaced it with...

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Predictive Analytics For Your Supply Chain

By Ankur Patel Predictive analysis is a practice that involves extracting information from already existing data sets so as to determine patterns and possibly predict future outcomes as well as trends. It does not exactly tell what will happen but what might happen. Why use predictive analytics (big...