Putting Your Supply Chain In The Cloud


If your business is up and running, you probably already have an IT infrastructure, and want to continuously improve that infrastructure. The Cloud could be your answer. Now that the Cloudis here, mainstream IT is figuring out how to best make use of it.

What does the Cloud do for Supply Chain management?  Supply Chain is, by nature, inter-company, so you already the Internet to manage your partnerships. Supply Chain Management must look at the Cloud for communication between businesses. Most business software is only designed to work within single companies, not between companies. Here is my list of things to think about when starting to move your supply chain to the cloud:

Lance Armstrong in IRONMAN at Nice, France


On June 24, 2012 Lance Armstrong is scheduled to take part in his first ever full distance Ironman in Nice France.

This is without a doubt one of the most anticipated events in the long and storied history of the Ironman triathlon.

It`s not so much about how Armstrong almost won his very first race as a pro in Ironman 70.3 Panama, how he struggled to balance nutrition, bike speed and run endurance in Ironman70.3 Texas and Ironman 70.3 St. Croix, or how he put it all together to dominate in Ironman 70.3 Florida and most recently in a record-setting performance in Ironman 70.3 Hawaii on June 3, 2012.

It`s not even so much about how he won the Tour de France seven times before descending into the world of Ironman with all the subtlety of a rampaging herd of Texas Longhorn steers.

What it is truly about is the courage and tenacity that he displays on the playing field of life that was instrumental in his successful battle against cancer when it seemed that all was lost.

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2012 US Golf Open

The USGA hosts the 112th edition of the U.S. Open on the Lake Course at Olympic Club in San Francisco, and it’s the fifth time that the historic venue has hosted the national championship.From Jack Fleck‘s improbable upset over Ben Hogan in a playoff in 1955 to Lee Janzen‘s come-from-behind victory, thwarting Payne Stewart (for the second time in six years) in 1998, Olympic Club hasn’t just identified the best golfer, it’s leveled the playing field. Figuratively, and literally.

Olympic Club is a par 70 that can stretch to 7,170 yards. Its greens average only 4,400 square feet. Eight holes will feature new angles off the tees, and seven greens are accompanied by closely mown chipping areas.

Adding to the challenge is the largely universal notion that the first six holes at the Lake Course “offers the hardest start in golf,” according to USGA Executive Director and setup guru, Mike Davis. And that opening doesn’t even include the longest hole in U.S. Open history, a 670-yard behemoth of a par 5 at No. 16.

The weather forecast is extremely favorable. There is a zero chance for rain, and temperatures will top out in the high 60s to low 70s. However, early-morning marine layers can never be ruled out as a threat for delays. Prevailing winds from the west and northwest are expected to serve the primary challenge at a sustained 15 mph.

Could be Luke Donald, Lee Westwood or maybe Tiger Woods? But how about Phil Mickelson or Jason Duffner?

Don’t forget Rory McIlroy or Ricky Fowler

A dark horse, but not that dark, is Graeme McDowellImage

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