LLamasoft Podcast

Exploring the Science of Business Transformation

The rules for creating and maintaining a successful business are being rapidly rewritten by innovative market disruptors and the non-stop consumer demand for more – faster, cheaper, and on their terms. In 1965, the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company was 33 years.  In 1990, it was 20.  At the current churn rate, it is forecast to shrink to 14 years by 2026 and nearly half of the S&P 500 will be replaced over the next 10 years. This is largely thanks to the pace of innovation, the number of new entrants, and an equal opportunity to harness technology to innovate at a global scale. Those that thrive are businesses that are able to harness data available to rapidly sense market opportunity and make faster, more intentional decisionand move their organizations to action, or risk joining the growing list of companies we only remember. 

Adapt and Thrive (formerly called Adapt or Die) is a podcast that explores the science of transformation and lessons to be learned by the trail blazers already on the path to develop an ability to continually adapt at the urgent pace of innovation. 

August 10, 2020
How to Align the Enterprise Around Transformational Change

 

Supply chain success depends upon the right combination of people, processes, and technology. But change is hard, and there’s no shortage of new ideas and technologies available to help drive the business forward. In this episode, Paul Webb shares his experience driving transformative projects at several major organizations and tells us how to identify a need for new software and drive consensus among stakeholders across the enterprise.

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July 21, 2020
Bring Your Own Algorithms

 

Data Scientists like nothing more than writing algorithms to solve complex problems in new and different ways. But translating that code into a scalable solution for use by the business is a whole different ballgame. In this episode, LLamasoft Data Scientist Clara Quigley joins Matt Gunn to discuss her take on the complexities of data science deployment. Hear first-hand, the challenges of data science delivery and how a new tool is enabling her to spend more time on what she loves most.

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July 13, 2020
Be the Amazon Vendor They Want You to Be

 

That pile of Amazon packages waiting on your doorstep is proof of its own. The rapid growth of this popular e-commerce marketplace has placed it in a class of its own, a retail technology powerhouse.  LLamasoft SVP, Ganesh Ramakrishna joins Matt Gunn as they discuss life as a vendor of this highly complex demand channel.  Hear how historical approaches and tools are consistently falling short and how Amazon actually helps you in the fight to decode what they are going to do next.

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July 9, 2020
Rising Above the Root Cause Rabbit Hole with AI

 

Given today’s ‘never normal’ status quo, can we still learn from the past? In this episode, Andy Fox joins Matt Gunn to share his first-hand experience with the practice of digging into performance issue data in order to find and treat the true root cause as opposed to chasing the many symptoms Hear how the increase in available data as well as powerful AI algorithms have changed the game for Root Cause Analysis and why its value is only continuing to grow in 2020 and beyond. 

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June 3, 2020
What I learned about supply chain disruption sourcing PPE from China

 

How do you keep essential products moving during the biggest disruption of the century? COVID-19 has caused wild swings in demand, unpredictable disruptions to supply, and anomalous capacity constraints on a global scale. Matt Tichon joins Matt Gunn to share his personal account of the challenges and innovation that’s gone into scaling up a new supply chain to deliver PPE to those who need it the most.

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May 19, 2020
The Success of Digital Twins and Why They Matter Even More

 

Tim Judge, President and CEO of Agillitics presents his view on the purpose and creation of a Digital Twin to help Supply Chain organizations develop a nimble technique for quickly solving business questions that in the past only needed to be answered on a monthly, quarterly or yearly cadence. First step? Bite small, chew fast as you map things out.

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May 4, 2020
Demand Prioritization During COVID-19 Disruption

 

In this podcast, Vikram Srinivasan, Senior Director Product Management at LLamasoft discusses why the severe disruption caused by COVID-19 means organizations must rethink how they do short-term forecasting. He offers practical tips for an “outside-in” AI approach using COVID-19 and internal sales data.

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May 1, 2020
How to Emerge Stronger and More Competitive Post Disruption

 

Sam Israelit, Partner in the Global Supply Chain Group at Bain, joins this podcast to explore how organizations can manage massive changes due to external forces that are beyond what a business can control and emerge stronger and more competitive.

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April 29, 2020
What You Don’t Know About Your Supply Chain Can (and Will) Hurt You

 

Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium founder, Greg Schlegel joins Matt Gunn for an engaging discussion on the nature of risk, how to identify it, and the crucial role supply chain design and analytics play in preparing your organization for unseen challenges ahead.

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April 20, 2020
Sustainability and Adaptability in the Age of Disruption

 

Nate Rosier, Vice President of Strategy at enVista, joins us to discuss sustainability, services and how to optimize across the supply chain for a better world. Envista’s goal is to help reduce a company’s overall footprint, which reduces pollution while improving service and profitability.

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April 3, 2020
What the US Army can teach us about leadership in a crisis

 

General Wyche, the second highest ranked logistician and supply chain professional in the US Army, shares his experiences running a $58 billion supply chain and provides insight on managing logistics and operations challenging times. Tune in for perspective on how to develop strong leaders within a global organization, and what it means to keep the supply chain running when lives are on the line.

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February 27, 2020
Will the Coronavirus Reshape Supply Chain as We Know It?

 

Dr. Madhav Durbha, Group Vice President of Industry Strategy at LLamasoft, joins Matt Gunn to examine the near and long-term effect COVID-19 will have on the global supply chain and whether the outbreak will cause enterprises to rethink their operations to build greater agility and adaptability over the long run.

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February 14, 2020
Digital Transformation is More than Arcane Wizardry

 

Advances in computing power, analytics and AI have given modelers a new set of tools to increase the speed, frequency and opportunity unlocked through their work, elevating the art from the realm of arcane wizardry to an essential foundation for enterprise transformation. Ben YoKell, Managing Director of Operations Transformation at Grant Thornton joins Matt Gunn to discuss this topic.

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December 17, 2019
Filling Gaps where Existing Planning Systems Fall Short

 

Never normal is the new normal.
Those who thrive in today’s changing business environment are businesses that can harness the available data to rapidly sense opportunities and make faster, more intentional decisions.
Join our host Matt Gunn, as he explores this topic with John Sharkey, SVP Consulting at Spinnaker and Madhav Durbha, Group Vice President, Industry Strategies at LLamasoft.

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December 10, 2019
Inside One Grocery CEO’s Quest to Transform Delivery

 

As more consumers demand delivery, will traditional grocery stores get left behind? Farmstead CEO Pradeep Elankumaran joins Matt Gunn in this episode to discuss the digital disruption of grocery shopping, and why the future of food is fast, fresh and subscription-based.

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December 3, 2019
It’s a New Day to Deliver – Are you Ready?

 

In this podcast, Vikram Srinivasan, Senior Director of Product Management at LLamasoft joins Matt Gunn to describe what it means to model demand in today’s complex business environment to drive your desired business outcomes.

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October 16, 2019
Where Industries Fall Short in Demand Forecasting

Industry Principal, Matt Tichon, talks with me about when it comes to new product launches, seasonal offerings and balancing inventory to meet customer demand, businesses still depend heavily on spreadsheets to chart the course ahead. But these manual processes often fall short, leading to stock outs, lost sales or excess waste throughout the supply chain.

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October 2, 2019
How to Embrace Risk and Make Intentional Business Decisions

In this podcast, Caspar Berry joins Matt Gunn to talk about what it means to make critical decisions under tremendous pressure. A Cambridge-trained economist and former competitive poker player, Berry will be delivering a keynote at LLamaCon EMEA in Prague this November.

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September 16, 2019
Evolve Your Demand Forecasting Process

In LLamasoft’s first podcast, Senior Director of Product Management, Vikram Srinivasan, talks with me about the importance of taking an “outside-in” approach to demand modeling to help companies improve their forecasts and understand key factors that influence demand.

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