Summit Tracks

Track C: Sourcing & Manufacturing Operations

The right global sourcing strategies will deliver competitive advantage, on-time product launches, and a pathway to sustainability. To hone those strategies, we’ll look at best practices in supplier relationship management, managing risk and exploiting opportunities in emerging economies (e.g., China and India) and organizing and staffing your sourcing organization for success. Recognizing that the "one size fits all" manufacturing approach is obsolete, we’ll also take a fascinating look at the factory of the future, and give you the tools to design and manage the optimal global manufacturing network, including how to manage contract manufacturers to provide world-class results without risk to reputation.


Gartner Keynote: Survive or Thrive in an Age of Uncertainty

23 July, 2012 (09:30 - 10:15)

CEOs are laying down a call to action for supply chain executives to help their organizations not merely survive, but to thrive, in this age of uncertainty. An ensemble of Gartner’s leading analysts will look at the strategies and actions successful supply chain leaders have taken, and will continue to take, to rise to this challenge and create world-class supply chains that contain costs, drive efficiency, mitigate risk and inspire through innovation.

Guest Keynote: Visible Innovation

23 July, 2012 (10:45 - 11:30)

Supplier Management Essentials: Segmentation, Collaboration and Performance Management

23 July, 2012 (11:45 - 12:45)

Two-thirds of companies are still internally focused on cost efficiency. To change to an externally focused demand-driven culture, sourcing and procurement teams will need to expand fundamental skills and embrace new supplier management essentials that add value, drive revenue and manage costs. We address three critical techniques that can dramatically enhance your supplier relationships, increase the effectiveness of your supplier management organization, and bring more value to your business.

Factory of the Future: Next-Generation Manufacturing Strategy

23 July, 2012 (14:15 - 15:15)

The goal of manufacturing operations is shifting from efficiency to increasing capacity without eroding margin. Resiliency and competitive advantage lie in transitioning from a site-centric ethos to regionalized and competitive cost models while de-risking supply chains to the point they can shift capacity. This will be a tectonic transformation for many companies. We'll discuss the new manufacturing strategy and identify the key projects and capabilities to succeed.

Case Study: Managing Rapid Growth in an Uncertain Environment

23 July, 2012 (16:30 - 17:30)

Managing demand in rapid-growth markets like India is tough, and the changing business environment makes it even more complex. Companies need to have the right balance among the trinity of demand , supply and product in their supply chains. We'll present how one multinational giant from India has cracked this code.

Solution Showcase Networking Reception

23 July, 2012 (17:30 - 19:00)

Gartner Keynote: The Gartner APAC Supply Chain Top 15 Revealed!

24 July, 2012 (09:30 - 10:30)

Gartner analysts will reveal the companies comprising the APAC Supply Chain Top 15. Gartner Research annually ranks supply chain organizations based on various operational and financial metrics, Gartner analyst voting, and supply chain executive peer voting. For the first time this year, we'll unveil the Top 15 supply chains from companies headquartered within APAC.

Resiliency in Uncertain Times: Inside Lenovo’s Hybrid Supply Chain Strategy

24 July, 2012 (10:30 - 11:15)

Building strong supply chain resiliency necessary to thrive in today’s rapidly changing and fiercely competitive technology industry demands unconventional approaches. Mr. Gardner will describe and provide insight into Lenovo’s innovative hybrid manufacturing strategy, through which the company effectively orchestrates a carefully balanced mix of in-house factories and outsourcing partners to produce its PC product portfolio for the global market. Hybrid manufacturing enables the company to optimize control, flexibility and responsiveness across its global operation. Mr. Gardner will illustrate the potential benefits of this strategy through a discussion of how it helped Lenovo outperform its industry peers during periods of severe parts supply disruptions in 2011.

Crossing the Great Divide: Aligning Manufacturing and Supply Chain Performance

24 July, 2012 (11:45 - 12:45)

If you can't connect and contextualize manufacturing’s performance with your supply chain's, you'll be left with disconnected, isolated priorities that support functional or local metrics instead of rewarding the right behavior in your end-to-end value network. We'll focus on research-based conclusions for identifying the right metrics, aligning manufacturing and product supply, who in the organization should own the metrics, and how to build measurement aptitude.

Case Study: Supplier Relationship Management – Survival of the Fittest Requires the Right Relationship

24 July, 2012 (14:00 - 15:00)

Not every supplier is created equal. Supplier segmentation is a critical enabler to focus procurement and sourcing resources to manage the right resources. We provide real-world examples of best practices in supplier relationship management.

Agility and Segmentation for the Manufacturing Network

24 July, 2012 (15:30 - 16:30)

Demand volatility, varying customer requiresments, global complexity and increased risk exposure challenge the "one size fits all" approach to manufacturing operations. Successful supply chain leaders are using customer value as a guide for end-to-end segmentation of the supply chain. We'll discuss how segmenting make processes will lead to differentiated output as part of a global manufacturing strategy.

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