ISM 2015: Storm Rolls In Ahead of Supply Chain Risk Discussion

I arrived in Phoenix yesterday for the annual ISM conference. I decided to pack my new collapsible road bike for the first time (it's a titanium bike sporting MetalMiner with pride – and built only miles from my house at a local manufacturer named Seven Cycles).


I learned disassembly can be a bit quicker than assembly, but got it together and headed out for a quick ride, taking some pictures as a thunderstorm moved in. As psyched as I was to leaving New England after a horrific winter, Phoenix is definitely a very hot version of "dry heat!"

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ISM today kicked off yesterday with a keynote by ex DoD czar Bob Gates – an appropriate speaker given the current focus on supply chain risk, which is probably the hottest area going on in procurement right now. It's also the most difficult to get funded. Based on the interim procurement/finance study results that I'm presenting tomorrow at the conference, supply risk is the most challenging alignment area for the most sophisticated manufacturing organizations. On the flip side, the least sophisticated are still trying to figure out who owns the supplier master and can set up a supplier. The study findings are actually turning out to be very interesting – and I'll report that in future posts.

In other news, I just sat through the lunch keynote sitting next to Sid Johnson, CPO of Delphi, and was happy to see Tom Derry and ISM really starting to hit its stride. I’ll touch on this, too, later, but need to head off to an ISM briefing on ISM's new Mastery Model that it's releasing more details publicly. I just re-upped my ISM membership, giving me access to the full model details and all the other goodies associated with membership. If you live in the US, and even if you don't, you really should do the same.

More to come!

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