Leveraging Data for Supply Chain Value

This year, SCMAO's one-day pre-conference seminar will give supply chain professionals more opportunity to dive into a relevant topic that complements our one-day annual conference.

October 19th, 2017

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Pearson Convention Center

2638 Steeles Ave E, Brampton, ON L6T 4L7


Presenter: Robert Handfield, Ph.D

Mark Thomas officialRobert Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University and Executive Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative , an industry-university partnership. He has consulted with over 25 Fortune 500 companies.  He is also the Faculty Lead for the Manufacturing Analytics group within the International Institute of Analytics.  Robert is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the leading supply chain management journals in the field.  He recently led a global study on Global Logistics Trends and Strategies for BVL International as well as a report entitled Future Buy: The Future of Procurement published by KPMG.  He has also authored several texts in purchasing, operations and supply chain management as well as having published more than 100 articles in top management journals.

Brief Outline:

Procurement analytics is growing and evolving. We will undoubtedly continue to see massive changes in the sourcing and supply chain environment in the next three to five years. As the combination of cloud computing, mobile technology, cognitive analytics, and big data begin to converge, the opportunities for creating new business insights that generate the next level of value for procurement will continue to grow. In fact, recent research leads us to believe that of all the business functions, procurement will likely be impacted more than any other. For this reason, many organizations are focused on having supply chain lead their enterprise analytics transformation, as the opportunities for linking supply and demand in a unified, end-to-end manner through connected data has the potential to create end-to-end network benefits not seen until now.