Even though Bob Ferrari might not be the most creative when it comes to naming his blog, Supply Chain Matters (no relation to Spend Matters), he is already pumping out a significant amount of useful commentary. While Bob only started posting in February, he's already getting the hang of what it means to blog versus simply transitioning an analyst voice into the RSS age. In a recent series of posts, Bob shared some of his learnings from the Supply Chain North America Conference including his notes from a presentation on SCOR's new Release 9.0 framework which covers supply chain risk management. According to Bob, "The framework of measures includes a new Level 2 measure, Supply Chain Value at Risk, a category of risk metrics derived as an offshoot from the financial services industry value-at-risk, used to track market or portfolio risk. Twelve best practices are identified to identify formal risk management, provide quantification of risk, and categorize a supply chain designed for risk. Metrics utilize historical volatility as a risk metric, and will measure risk metrics for the Plan, Source, Make, and Deliver aspects of the SCOR framework."
I had the chance to speak with Bob earlier in the month since he embarked on his new career running his own analyst and consulting shop -- not to mention this new blog -- and he's excited to get back into the advisory game. For those who don't know him, Bob has a long background at firms like IDC (Manufacturing Insights) and AMR Research, in between stints in the vendor world. He spent the earlier part of his career -- before that tuft of gray hair, or what's left of it -- as a practitioner. Besides encouraging you to bookmark his blog or add it to your RSS reader, I'd also suggest that he's a great person to get to know as well. So if you're in the Boston area, drop him a line. Unlike many of the analysts at the larger firms, he's accessible and willing to share his opinions with clients and non-clients alike.
- Jason Busch