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December 2013

Saving Money by Applying Data Science to Equipment Leasing

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Many businesses lease equipment rather than purchase it.  This has tax and finance advantages since the assets are not listed on the books of the l...
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October 2013

New Release of IBM ILOG LogicNet Plus XE

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
On Oct 16th, IBM released a new version of LogicNet Plus XE.   This new version contains some nice enhancements to the tool.  These enhancements co...
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Comment on “Is Big Data an Economic Big Dud?”

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The New York Times recently wrote an article, “Is Big Data an Economic Big Dud?”  Here is part of the article questioning the value of ...
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Lora Cecere on the Role of Analytics in the Supply Chain

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Lora Cecere recently published an article in Data Informed, The Role of Analytics in the Race for the Supply Chain of the Future.  Here is a slice:...
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3 Factors To Determine Supplier Delivery Frequency

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Determining the best delivery frequency for suppliers into your facilities involves trading-off three key factors: First, you need to to consider t...
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Three Types of Buffers

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I recently wrote an article for Supply Chain Digest (Three Types of Supply Chain Buffers) that discussed that every supply chain has variability an...
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August 2013

Analytics for Small and Medium Sized Firms

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
A lot of press around analytics is focused on large and exciting projects.  But, analytics can be applied to firms of any size. Northwestern’...
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Our Video Interview: Impact of the New Hours of Service Rules

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We recently did a video interview on Supply Chain Digest (starting at about the 3:20 mark) on the trucking industry’s new Hours of Service Ru...
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Maps Are More Than Eye Candy

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We all like to look at nice graphic or visualization.  But, as it becomes easier to create nice graphics and visualizations, some have become more ...
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3D Printing May Have A Big Impact: New IBM White Paper

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
IBM recently published a white paper called The New Software-Defined Supply Chain.   We had a chance to participate in this work.  They paper discu...
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Network Design Book Reviews

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
If you are involved in a network design project– whether running the software, managing the project or just part of the team, you should cons...
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Using Safety Stock to Buffer Against Variability

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Dealing with variability is part of creating a lean supply chain (or lean enterprise).  Ideally, you would like to eliminate the variability.  Howe...
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3-Minute Video Explaining Mathematical Optimization

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
IBM put together a nice 3-minute video explaining mathematical optimization.
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What is a Data Scientist?

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
With the rise of Big Data and data in general (see here for a definition of Big Data), there is an increased need for people to analyze that data t...
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Three Definitions of Big Data for the Supply Chain Manager

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
I recently wrote a blog post on SCDigest about the three definitions of Big Data. It is worth a read.  More managers are under pressure to do somet...
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July 2013

Improving Your Transportation Analytics with Excel Add-On

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
Transportation is an area ripe for analytics: It is a big expense It is made up of many different shipments You have difference choices to make And...
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What is Analytics? Part 2: A Longer Definition with 3 Main Categories

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
In yesterday’s post, we discussed a short definition of Analytics (“the ability to collect, analyze, and act on data.”). Of course, this is a broad...
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What is Analytics? Part 1: 4 Short Answers

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
It is clear that analytics is a very hot topic now.  Companies are committed to pursuing analytics and discussing their successes.  Consulting firm...
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Network Design Case Studies

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
At our site for our book, Supply Chain Network Design, we have a blog post that pulls together the following case studies: Mars and Wrigley merger ...
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Transportation Analytics Can Help Manage the New “Hours of Service” Rules

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
New “Hours of Service” rules went into effect on July 1st.  These new rules decrease the amount of time a trucker can drive during a we...
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June 2013

Welcome to the Opex Blog

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Welcome to the blog for Opex Analytics. We’ll be using this blog to post general educational articles on analytics and Big Data– especi...
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