o9 Solutions and Supply Chain Insights Invite Manufacturing Leaders to Test Supply Chain Planning Processes Outdoors


This open call for business leaders is part of Project Zebra, an open-source think tank promoting supply chain improvement.

OThe results of this initiative will lead to the redefinition of the industry standard Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR)

DALLAS, March 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–o9 Solutions, a leading provider of enterprise artificial intelligence software platforms for planning and decision-making transformation, and research firm Supply Chain Insights announced today an open call for commercial manufacturers to participate in pilots testing external sourcing. chain planning concepts.

Through a reverse bidding process, a panel of business leaders, academics and o9 executives will select two companies to participate in the research.

This open call for businesses builds on Project Zebra – an open-source think tank initiative to improve the supply chain that started in January 2021 and was initially funded by o9. The objective of the Zebra project is to define, test and validate the value proposition of an external approach to planning and decision making. Unlike traditional ways of thinking about supply chain management, external planning requires process redesign to minimize latency in aligning supply chain response with changing market demand. Currently, approximately 60 business leaders are participating in Project Zebra’s external planning training, demonstrating both the need and the potential for this new approach to supply chain management.

The results of these two pilot projects will help redefine the cross-industry global standard for supply chain excellence, the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR). ). SCOR is the global supply chain leader, connecting business processes, performance metrics, practices and people skills into a unified structure.

“For two decades, as an industry analyst, I’ve written about the need for external processes, but failed to define them to drive the change required in the industry,” Lora said. Cecere, founder of Supply Chain Insights. “I’m proud to work with o9 to create a safe way for business leaders to test and learn the value of an external approach. I’m excited to support this work and celebrate o9’s leadership in driving this industry open source initiative.”

“Today’s supply chains aren’t very good at detecting, so it’s hard for them to react,” said Igor Rikalo, president and chief operating officer, o9. “The majority of market, channel and vendor data is available but not being used to help companies make decisions at the speed required by the business. New planning capabilities exist but cannot be leveraged to their full potential unless business leaders change their business models and That’s why we’re excited about the potential of Project Zebra and support this open call for businesses to help redefine supply chain processes based on this external approach and new forms of analysis.

“Lora and I have spoken about the need for outside-in processes and the differences between inside and outside-in approaches on several occasions over the past few years,” said Peter Bolstorff. , ASCM Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. “I am now more confident than ever that Project Zebra will redefine planning and set the bar for how organizations must relearn how to use data to improve the predictability of their plans. ASCM looks forward to supporting pilots and continuing its commitment to both process and data standardization.

To learn more about Project Zebra and to download the application form, visit zebra-project.org.

About o9 Solutions

o9 Solutions is a leading AI-powered platform for integrated business planning and business decision making. Whether it’s driving demand, aligning demand and supply, or optimizing business initiatives, any planning process can be made faster and smarter with o9’s digital solutions powered by technology. ‘IA. o9 brings together technological innovations, such as graph-based business modeling, big data analysis, advanced algorithms for scenario planning, collaborative portals, easy-to-use interfaces and cloud-based delivery , on a single platform. For more information, please visit www.o9solutions.com.

About Supply Chain Information

Founded in February 2012 by Lora Cecere, Supply Chain Insights LLC is in its tenth year of operation. The company’s mission is to provide independent, actionable and objective advice to supply chain managers. The goal is to help leaders understand supply chain trends, evolving technologies, and important metrics.

About the ASCM

The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) is the global leader in organizational transformation, talent development and supply chain innovation. As the largest supply chain association, ASCM members and global alliances fuel innovation and inspire accountability for resilient, dynamic and sustainable operations. ASCM is built on world-class APICS training, certification and professional resources, which encompasses award-winning workforce development, relevant content, breakthrough industry standards and a diverse community of professionals who are committed to creating a better world through the supply chain. To learn more, visit ascm.org.

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Jenni Ottum
o9 Solutions, Inc.
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