SCM Control Tower Start-Up

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We have been gathering a list of issues that need to to be resolved before building a Supply Chain Control Tower: SCM and IT partnership; Visibility; Strategy and expectations; Foundation for the tower; and Team-building.
SCM and IT partnership
The supply chain functional teams are expecting support from Information Technology. Up to now, many IT organizations have not been heavily involved with a lot of the supply chain; for example, the Procurement system could be a package that is supported directly by the vendor. How about bringing the teams together by emphasizing IT network management skills? IT manages complex wide-area networks using state-of-the-art applications. SCM will rapidly understand that IT brings real value to the party.

Visibility
Scott Koegler recently wrote about “Combined Data and Visibility”. He pointed out that the number of systems or software applications that make up the supply chain within a single company is likely to be more than 1 and could easily be as many as 20. If that’s the case how is it possible to actually achieve what we’ve been calling visibility? He quickly dispelled the notion that all data for the SCM Control Tower can come in real time from the EDI system. So a conclusion is that the SCM Control Tower will need what is called “middleware”.

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Upcoming 3-Game Weekend Critical for Utica Comets

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It’s another full weekend for the Utica Comets, this time with three games in a space of 44 hours.

And there is much hanging in the balance.

The Comets are still trying to somehow scratch and claw their way into the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs. They 30-29-4-4 for 68 points and are seven points out of the eighth and final berth in the Western Conference with nine games to play.

They seem eager to get after it.

The Comets play the Toronto Marlies tonight ( 7 p.m. FRIDAY) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium , head up the road to play the Syracuse Crunch at 7 p.m. Saturday, then head immediately to Toronto to play the Marlies again at 3 p.m. Sunday.

It’s obviously a grind, but it’s why you play the game,” said forward Brandon DeFazio, the only Comet to play all 66 games this season. “It’s an opportunity to play three big games in a weekend. … It’s exciting. It really is.”

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Brandon DeFazio has been named the Utica Comets’ IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year Award winner.

DeFazio is being honored for his contributions to the Utica community during the 2013-14 American Hockey League season. It is the third consecutive time he has been named his team’s Man of the Year, after previous honors with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2011-12 and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2012-13.

DeFazio has been involved in a number of activities, including Utica’s Quality of Life Sweep with several teammates and preparing and serving meals at the Rescue Mission of Utica. The team later raised $32,000 for the Rescue Mission at its March 7 game. He also has volunteered at local schools, libraries and hospitals and has assisted at practices of the Utica Jr. Comets.

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