Recent Posts by Nari Viswanathan

Nari Viswanathan is Vice President of Product Management for Integrated Business Planning at River Logic. He is a senior Industry Expert with extensive experience across consulting, product management/marketing, industry analysis, market research, solution design/development and pre-sales
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3 Key Decision Making Technology Enablers at Organizations

Forward-looking decision making in a business environment has always been about making rapid trade-offs in a highly constrained environment based on the available data in an organization. In this blog we explore how it will evolve in the future as well as 3 key technology enablers that needs to be adopted.

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Seven Decision-Making Capabilities to Drive Supply Chain Excellence

The topic of supply chain excellence is extremely broad and spans a smorgasbord of topics associated with People, Process and Technology. However, if we focus on key decision-making capabilities that can help companies achieve supply chain excellence, we come up with the following seven areas. By mastering these capabilities, a company is almost guaranteed to succeed in the industry. In fact, supply chain decision making capabilities can result in 2-5% of revenue in bottom-line profit.

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River Logic Customers and Partners Gain Huge Architectural Benefits from Service Fabric

River Logic’s strength is in prescriptive analytics-based optimization. The company has over 1,100 person-years of experience in building 100’s of models that solve complex business problems across dozens of industries. Two years ago River Logic made the decision to move to Microsoft Azure, which significantly helped the company maintain a modern architecture that is quickly scalable. As our readers know, Power BI is embedded within the River Logic’s solution, enabling world-class visualization of prescriptive analytics data.

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Optimization: What is Old is New Again

Optimization and Operations Research have been around for the past 60-70 years, with their origin in World War II. However, in the past optimization has always been in the realm of specialist knowledge with a niche focus. It is only in the past few years that it has taken up a new avatar in the form of Prescriptive Analytics and started being taken seriously as a business user tool. The following Figure 1 illustrates the evolution of different types of analytics and the realization that Prescriptive Analytics is the highest echelon in this hierarchy.

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Focus on Optimization Business Cases to Make Smart Cities a Reality!

The first question that came to my mind is, “what exactly is a smart city?”. When I did research on smart cities, I came to the conclusion that there is no universally accepted definition of it either. It means different things to different people and is often used in political contexts with confusing agendas. Our goal for this blog is not to analyze the evolution of smart cities. Instead, our goal is to create a simple definition of a smart city and define clear goals for them. Then we can look at how we can enable the goal of these smart cities using both existing as well as future technologies.

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Supply Chain Planning 2030: Prescriptive Analytics Takes a Lead Role

Figure 1. Role of Prescriptive Analytics in Next Generation Decision Support

There is a new technology revolution in the making with the explosion of Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, self-driving cars, etc., which conjures an image of large-scale automation of decisions based on real-time information. It is a vision that applies  to the supply chain planning world as well.

However, one important aspect has to be understood by everyone: the brain behind the success of a self-driving car is really the algorithms behind it that determine the best route to follow and if there are hurdles along the way (accidents, detours, etc.). The ability to recalculate the best route becomes crucial. In other words, algorithms are a key enabler of this utopian vision of high levels of automation.

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Sales and Operations Planning is Still the Best Way to Manage Global Supply Chains

The evolution of linear supply chains into global demand-supply networks has been happening over the last two decades. Companies have benefitted from low cost supply of labor as well as raw materials to bring down the Cost of Goods Sold for the products that they manufacture. This has resulted in bottom-line profits.

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A Risk-free Strategy to Assess, Manage and Profit from Change

I remember receiving some important advice when I was stuck doing the same thing over and over again — I was young and had only a few years of job experience. The gist of the advice was this: “unless you take risks, you’ll never know what you can accomplish.” The fear of change is something that is present within everyone, and organizations are no different.

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Supply Chain Excellence Requires Laser Focus on Analytics – Case in Point: Unilever

Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, a report that identifies supply chain leaders and highlights their best practices. Analysts announced the findings at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference held a few weeks back in Phoenix, AZ.

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A Narrow View on Big Data and Analytics from McKinsey

Big Data and Analytics continues to be a highly debated topic in various industry publications. I was intrigued to read about this topic in McKinsey. The article was very well written, no doubt, but fundamentally failed to address a big gap in how the Big Data and Analytics topic is discussed today.

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