Supply Chain Matters is pleased to once again announce to our readers that supply chain technology provider Kinaxis will continue as one of the Lead sponsors of this blog.    kinaxislogo120x120

Kinaxis was the very first sponsor of this blog in 2008, and we look forward to continuing our close relationship that has occurred over the past four years.  Kinaxis recognized early on that supply chain professionals would increasingly turn to social media channels for their educational needs and that blogs such as Supply Chain Matters would play an increasing role in how technology users seek out thought leadership and gather insights on business process and technology needs.

Kinaxis has successfully designed and continues to support a highly successful supply chain focused social-media community. The Supply Chain Expert Community web site garners multiple accolades, including a recent interview and citing conducted by the American Marketing Association.  The Expert Community is now approaching 7000 registered members, a remarkable achievement. This author was honored to be a featured weekly guest contributor during 2012.

Founded in 1995, Kinaxis and its flagship RapidResponse technology has been adopted by global industry leaders such as Casio, Flextronics, Jabil, Raytheon, Qualcomm and others to manage and respond to their supply chain resource planning needs within volatile and rapidly changing business environments. This author’s familiarity with the company’s capabilities began in 1999-2000 when the company was initially named WebPlan, and as an industry analyst I have witnessed an incredible growth path since.  The year 2012 was once again an incredible year for Kinaxis that included double-digit sales growth and sustained profitability. Highlights included expanded industry presence in Agro Sciences with The Dow Chemical Company, mid-market presence with BTI Systems, and continued global geographic customer presence with Schneider Electric in Europe and Konica Minolta in Asia. This provider was also achieved a “Best IT Technology Partner” award from Celestica, as part of that company’s Total Cost of Ownership Supplier category.

Today, the RapidResponse application is often utilized as a decision hub for supply chain planning, sales and operations planning, and collaborative planning processes across an extended, global based supply chain.  The value of the technology is in its ability to allow customers to plan a coordinated response to supply, capacity or demand variances that often occur. In 2011, RapidResponse Control Tower was introduced as a cloud based offering to assist manufacturers and brand owners in securing broader visibility and process control across the extended global supply chain. New enhancements now include Integrated Project Management, to singularly manage projects, Process Orchestration to coordinate and track activities within cross-functional business processes, and Rapid Supply Chain Data Integration, to facilitate data integration among multiple data sources and heterogeneous data environments.

Extended technology ecosystem partnerships include those with GT Nexus, JFE Systems and WNS.

If your organization has needs for extended supply chain visibility, control tower, or sales and operations planning process support capabilities that can be implemented in a very timely manner, I recommend you place Kinaxis on your short list.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor