The movement to offer software as a service has been an important trend in the enterprise solution marketplace, allowing many companies to use supply chain solutions on an “on demand” basis. This year, Supply & Demand Chain Executive recognizes the significance of this trend by singling out a group of Provider Pros who have made contributions to evangelizing the broader use of “on demand” solutions for supply and demand chain enablement. While there are many other “evangelizers” of the on demand model, those included on our 2005 list were selected from among individuals who submitted completed Provider Pros to Know applications and met the requirements set forth in the submissions application.
Nate Lentz, President and CEO, Verticalnet — Believes that on demand applications are easier to use and thus more broadly adopted across supply management organizations, as well as easier to manage.
John Raeder, President and CEO, IQNavigator — Helped pioneer the application of e-sourcing tools and the “software as service” model to help enterprises manage all aspects of the services delivery lifecycle.
Steve Savignano, CEO, Ketera Technologies — Early evangelizer for the on demand model and for applying modularized, Web-based software to the challenges of enterprise spend management, as well as bringing e-procurement tools to mid-market companies.
Kevin Hart, President and Chief Operating Officer, Optum — Applied the concept of on demand to supply chain execution and warehouse management systems, with an eye toward improving order fill-rates and service level agreement compliance.
Dan Dershem, President, LeanLogistics — Pioneer in applying the “software as service” model to the logistics field and transportation management systems to manage information between trading partners, including suppliers, consignees, shippers, carriers and 3PLs.
Kurt Cavano, Chairman and CEO, TradeCard — Applied the on demand approach to the financial supply chain to help buyers and their suppliers manage international trade transactions over the Internet.
Tom Glassanos, President and CEO, Xign Corp. — Recognized for his efforts in inventing the concept of buyer-side settlement automation, and in promoting the use of Web-based solutions for payment processes in the supply chain.
2005 Consultant Pros to Know
The 2005 Consultant Pros to Know list recognizes individuals from consulting companies (or consulting divisions of larger companies) who have exhibited deep domain knowledge and innovative thinking within the industry, and who have a demonstrated track-record in assisting brick-and-mortar enterprises in enabling their supply and demand chains for competitive advantage. While there are many other individuals contributing to the advancement of supply and demand chain enablement, those included on our 2005 list were selected from among individuals who submitted the appropriate applications and met the requirements set forth in the submissions application.
Monica Isbell, Founder, Starboard Alliance Co. — Formerly director of corporate logistics and trade with Columbia Sportswear, and manager of purchasing and inventory control at Asics Tiger Corp. during her 20-plus year career as an international logistician. Isbell today is a leading authority on international trade processes and a frequent speaker on logistics issues and supply chain security before industry audiences.
James D. Kiser, Vice President of Operations, ADR International — Kiser's work as an e-procurement analyst has helped advance the use of online technologies at the major U.S. automotive companies, leading to the development of new, efficient procurement processes to speed transactions and provide real-time access to critical purchasing data.
Roland Roberts, Senior Managing Consultant, Procurement, EDS — Roberts developed and maintained a “Spend Analysis for Varied Environments Information Tool” (SAVE-IT) that extracts accounts payable data from differing financial systems and programmatically rearranges it to produce purchasing spend information. This spend information is currently used by EDS' international purchasing department personnel to determine areas that need oversight, helping to lower unit expenses.
2005 Practitioner Pros to Know Group Award: Exelon Corp.
When Philadelphia-based PECO Energy and Chicago's Unicom Corp. merged in October 2000, the union created a $15 billion energy giant serving customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania. But the merger left the joined company's decentralized supply chain largely intact until 2002, when Exelon brought its supply chain leads together to discuss options for transforming the company's approach to supply management. The group came up with a plan for consolidating all the company's supply chains within Exelon's Business Services Company (BSC), which also includes information technology (IT), human resources, finance and legal.