Dr. David F. Ross, senior learning consultant with enterprise application provider Lawson Software (www.lawson.com), has actively engaged the industry to spread the supply chain gospel, preaching that the true power of supply chain management is in its capacity as a management strategy. Companies and the value chains to which they belong, Ross believes, should be viewed as single, organic supply and delivery entities dedicated to creating total value for the customer.
Sunil K. Singh, president and CEO of Informance International (www.informance.com), a provider of enterprise manufacturing intelligence solutions, has been a pioneer in evangelizing the notion within enterprises that manufacturing production and operations are an integral part of the supply chain. His vision has led several major corporations to reorganize their supply chain and production operations under a single organization, from sourcing to the warehouse, called "Product Supply Operations."
Jeffrey Smith, vice president of marketing at Instill Corporation (www.instill.com), a provider of electronic transaction and information services for the food service industry, has spent the majority of his career evangelizing the strategic nature of the supply chain in an effort to raise the profile of this critical arena. He currently hosts two peer-to-peer events each year that bring C-Level executives from all supply chain participants together to discuss means of improving the focus on and collaboration in the supply chain.
John Zepecki, senior vice president of supplier relationship management at enterprise solution provider SAP (www.sap.com), believes that as enterprises move to more flexible and agile operating structures in response to rapidly changing market environments, they increasingly must rely on suppliers as key partners across all business functions, making supplier relationship management a core competency for any successful organization.
"New media" are playing an important role in raising both the expertise of supply chain professionals and awareness of the increasingly strategic nature of Supply Chain in the enterprise. In the "blogosphere," a network of Web logs, or "blogs," authored by a growing number of industry veterans is playing its part by offering analysis of current events and trends, as well as a healthy dose of best practices. The blogs are sometimes serious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, occasionally self-serving — the bloggers often are executives at solution providers, and other blogs are sponsored by solution providers — but almost always insightful and frequently entertaining. Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes the following 2007 "Blogger" Pros to Know for their contribution to spreading the supply chain gospel.
Jason Busch, founder and managing director of Azul Partners, a marketing consultancy that advises software and services companies, focuses his popular and astute Spend Matters blog (www.spendmatters.com) on all matters related to spend management.
David Bush, vice president of business development at on-demand e-sourcing specialist Iasta, offers his daily insights on e-sourcing and procurement best practices at eSourcing Forum (www.esourcingforum.com).
John F. Martin, senior vice president of strategy and technology at enterprise services procurement IQNavigator, has spread the word about software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies on his Building SaaS blog (buildingsaas.typepad.com).
Tim Minahan, the widely recognized expert (and former Aberdeen analyst) on spend management and currently senior vice president of marketing at on-demand supply management solutions provider Procuri, now champions the strategic role of the Purchasing function at Supply Excellence (www.supplyexcellence.com).
Annrai O'Toole, CEO of technology company Cape Clear Software (www.capeclear.com), has authored a blog called "Clear Thinking" that is regarded as an industry resource that cuts through the clutter running rampant in the service-oriented architecture (SOA) space. More at www.capeclear.com/annrai/.
John Radko, chief technology strategist with B2B connectivity and integration specialist GXS, promotes the advancement of B2B integration and supply chain automation on his On-Demand B2B blog (blogs.gxs.com).
Dave Stephens, CEO of open source e-procurement solution developer Coupa (and former head of Oracle's Procurement Applications division), promotes "the power of effective procurement" at Procurement Central (procurement.wordpress.com).