Digital Transformers
Episode 36

It's not just about manufacturing the tractor anymore, it's about the sensors that might be on the tractor that help you understand things about temperature or soil quality that help you become a better farmer, but also feed back into your product innovation process. What have you learned about what you need to do in the next generation of what you manufacture?

-Stacy Short

Episode Summary

As SAP and IBM reach 50 years of partnership, Kevin L. Jackson is celebrating with IBM’s Stacy Short by diving into how both companies work together to help customers on their digital transformation journey. Tune in to hear more about building technology roadmaps, business transformation as a service, closing the gap between sustainability strategy and results, how the value of data is reshaping industry objectives and more.

Episode Transcript

Intro/Outro (00:01):

Welcome to Digital Transformers, the show that connects you with what you need to build, manage, and operate your digital supply chain. Join your host in a timely discussion on new and future business models with industry leading executives. The show will reveal global customer expectations, real world deployment challenges, and the value of advanced business technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotic process engineering. And now we bring you Digital Transformers.

Kevin L. Jackson (00:34):

Hello everyone. This is Kevin L. Jackson, and welcome to Digital Transformers on Supply Chain Now. Today is a celebration because we are highlighting an important joint milestone for two of the world’s most important companies, SAP and IBM. These behemoths are celebrating 50 years of being better together. And our way of engaging with this global celebration is to have Stacy Short from IBM Consulting on the show. She serves as the SAP Global Partnership Executive for IBM. Welcome to the show, Stacy.

Stacy Short (01:16):

Thanks for having me, Kevin. I’m excited to be here to talk about the IBM-SAP partnership.

Kevin L. Jackson (01:21):

No, I think I am too. But before we get into that boring supply chain stuff, can you please tell me a little bit about how you wound up at IBM?

Stacy Short (01:32):

Sure. Sure. So, actually, I started my career on the audit side, so I’m a CPA. But I realized really quickly there must be something more exciting than that, so I jumped over to technology and really have spent the last 25 years doing SAP implementations and working with SAP at a number of different consulting firms, including Andersen and BearingPoint and KPMG. But then, landed here at IBM and really have been managing this global partnership for the last 12 years.

Kevin L. Jackson (02:03):

Wow. So, I’ve done a little bit of research on this partnership and learned that it’s delivered quite a few amazing results, including for Volkswagen. Working together, you actually enabled them to get a transparent and unified view of their business processes. And in Lisbon, through Galp, you’ve enabled greater convenience for energy users there. And, in fact, the packing manufacturer, Mondi, was able to glean more actionable insights from their data. These specific instances seemed to be just at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to becoming an intelligent enterprise. So, what do these and many other companies – I’ve read about experience – when they undertake this journey towards these transformative rewards, how does IBM and SAP work together in doing this? And, in fact, I’ve heard a little bit about, I think, it’s RISE – it’s a new term to me. So, how is this done?

Stacy Short (03:13):

Yeah. So, yes, those are several great examples, Kevin. And, yes, you would be hard for us to find a longer, more enduring, more expansive partnership than the IBM one. And when we think about that, you know, we’re really partnering around so many facets. It’s not just about the consulting services, but it’s how are we putting our software technologies together or how are we leveraging hardware, our hardware, capabilities together, how are we leveraging our Cloud capabilities, as an example. So, you know, as you talked about those examples, these are all the elements we are using to really help customers on their transformation journeys.

 

Stacy Short (03:52):

And, yes, RISE. You can’t really say SAP these days without talking about RISE. So, let’s talk, really, a little bit about what RISE is. RISE is a business transformation as a service. That’s how SAP describes it. It really is about really enabling our customers on their Cloud transformation journey. So, basically, in the RISE construct, it’s basically packaging up SaaS-based licenses, Cloud infrastructure from IBM, or the other hyperscalers, and the technical managed service. So, that’s what you’re getting on one contract, Kevin, from SAP. But along with that, you’re also getting some additional capabilities around their network, so think things like the Ariba Network or additional capabilities around their technology platform, which we call BTP, Business Technology Platform. This would be capabilities that help us with integration or help us build the next generation of development with SAP and the next generation solutions that are no longer written in ABA, but these are cloud-based extensions. That’s what we’re building instead. So, RISE is really how we’re putting all these pieces together to really help our customers on those transformation journeys.

Kevin L. Jackson (05:09):

Wow. So, this technology, does it really help to accelerate in this digital transformation?

Stacy Short (05:16):

Yeah. Absolutely. Right. I mean, I think our customers are seeing tremendous benefits from cloud adoption, not only on sort of the cost side and the ability to scale up and scale down their cloud capabilities, but also it’s really being able to bring more of those true digital capabilities to life, whether we’re talking AI or whether we’re talking about really connecting processes across multiple platforms. Really, when we start to talk about some of the new technologies and some of the new ways we do integration, that becomes much easier to build end-to-end processes with some of these process intelligence tools, like what we use when we’re doing RISE with Signavio as an example, where we’re sort of connecting the dots in a process like lead to order or plan to manufacturer. So, yes, these technologies are definitely helping with these transformations.

Kevin L. Jackson (06:09):

Well, 50 years is a long time. How do you guys start?

Stacy Short (06:16):

Yeah. I think, you know, it’s all about helping our customers with the roadmap, right, Kevin? There’s a lot of complexity in the world today, right? So, when we sit down and we start working with customers to gather, it’s helping them understand what are the steps in the process, what are the technology steps, what are the steps of what you want to do for your business, how do you want to evolve and change your business. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about tangible business outcomes. So, it’s really helping them with the roadmap to help them achieve whatever they’re trying to do in their business objectives.

Kevin L. Jackson (06:50):

I guess that’s the term I was looking for. You really give them that roadmap to get them here to there and with respect to the business process. But a lot in today’s world, sustainability is a very important aspect of the business. So, how does this roadmap or how do these improvements contribute to global sustainability goals?

Stacy Short (07:16):

Yeah. Absolutely. I mean, this is one of the most important topics we’re talking about with our customers. I mean, a study by IBM’s Institute for Business Value shows that 86 percent of companies have a sustainability strategy, but only 35 percent have actually taken action on that strategy. So, it’s exactly, for the reason you say, they’re really looking for the roadmap. And we know there are a number of inhibitors as well. We talk about the technology. We talk about access to data. We talk about even customer readiness, you know, customers want a brand that is socially open to sustainability, but do they want to pay a premium for their products and services if they’re a sustainable company? So, they’re wrestling with all of these things. And, really, when you look at what we’re doing, what we’re really doing now is creating solutions that help build that roadmap.

Stacy Short (08:11):

So, I’ll just give you an example. If we look at what we’re doing with Iberdrola as an example, we’re helping them understand how to build a supply chain, a really responsible sourcing partners. So, we help them using the Ariba solution they had, and then using some capabilities around their SAP analyst cloud, and some other capabilities. We’re able to now give each one of their suppliers a sustainability score, how are they meeting the sustainability characteristics that matter to Iberdrola. And then, we’re ensuring that they can then have, you know, sustainable vendors and suppliers. And then, we can also give those suppliers that might not be meeting those objectives today, the roadmap for what they need to do to become a sustainable supplier with Iberdrola. So, that’s one example of a roadmap.

Kevin L. Jackson (09:04):

No, no, I think that’s really important. And those suits up in the C-suite, they really like those comprehensive numbers and roadmaps. In fact, I saw a recent paper that IBM published that says U.S. Fortune 500 companies are willing to invest up to 22 billion a year in sustainability. But, I mean, let’s take it to ground here. The people that are really doing the work in supply chain from a supply chain management point of view, they are really focused on moving material and goods from point A to point B. And these networks now need to do much more of effect or be sustainable. But how can you pay the extra costs or time and processes of being sustainable while simultaneously keeping the related cost of managing your supply chain network to a minimum? How do you balance that?

Stacy Short (10:24):

Yeah. I mean, this is the struggle that all our clients are dealing with, right? I think, you know, one of the ways you do that is really kind of visibility and bringing new capabilities, like AI, to the forefront. So, when we’re thinking about, you know, S&OP planning processes, how do we get better data visibility, how do we get more scenarios factored in than the way AI can to reduce the best result at the lowest cost, but also the most sustainable result. So, we talked about just using one example. If we think about transport planning, and we think about the best mode of transport for the least carbon impact, then the way we do that is by now in a traditional S&OP process by giving a carbon impact score to each mode of transport. So, that can be another factor that’s saying, you know, this would be the more sustainable way to move your product. So, again, I think it’s using the data, the tools, and the new capabilities to really give new visibility to the options.

Kevin L. Jackson (11:30):

So, this data and these new business processes, you know, enable that visibility so the smart people can actually make decisions. The data’s not telling you what to do, but it’s presenting the options. And based upon the business at that time, you can make the right decision. I know organizations across all industries are trying to merge technology and platforms and experience in order to fuel digital transformation. But technology seems to be at its core because it creates the new opportunities. It actually enables growth and you can create these new business models. What are some of the other challenges that organizations are having with their supply chains as they go through this roadmap?

Stacy Short (12:28):

Well, I think bringing out the new business model example is a good one. Traditionally, if we just look at one example in a traditional manufacturing-based industry, they were very product-centric for years and years and years. What they’ve started to understand now is there’s a lot of value in the data they create. And so, what they can do is create a number of aftermarket services that actually give them completely new revenue streams. So, now, they’re more a services-based company offering aftermarket services, whether it be repairs or whether it be even use of data as the revenue stream. I think if you take one example in the farming industry and you think about it’s not just about manufacturing the tractor anymore, it’s about the sensors that might be on the tractor that help you understand things about temperature or soil quality that help you become a better farmer, but also feed back into your product innovation process, what have you learned about what you need to do in the next generation of what you manufacture. So, I think helping them understand how to create those new revenue streams and giving them the technology and the data to do it is really what’s key.

Kevin L. Jackson (13:39):

You know, I really like the way you brought in manufacturing, because, traditionally, you’re right, they were really focused on the product, that physical assembly line, or putting the pieces together and putting it in a box, pushing it out, and then sort of wiping their hands, and go on building the next thing. But if you are looking at how the product is being used, then you have to somehow get data about how it’s being used. And you are not physically there, it seems to be a virtual extension of the core company. So, this part of digital transformation, what are you seeing when it comes to the virtual enterprise and sustainability, for example?

Stacy Short (14:29):

Yeah, 100 percent. I mean, data is the critical element here. And you think about the evolution, you know, we’ve been exchanging data for different reasons for a long time, going back to the way we did it with facts and then [inaudible]. And, now as we move into platforms, you know, this is the most critical thing of sharing data between companies getting additional visibility that help each of you develop better products and services for your customer. So, really, it is about sort of working together on a whole new level and, really, the platform technology gives us the ability to do that.

Kevin L. Jackson (15:07):

Yeah. Yeah. When I first started my podcast a couple of years ago, and I thought I was being cool by saying digital transformers. And the whole purpose was to highlight companies and executives like you, that are leading their industries into the future of, of digital transformation. But, now, it’s more like a cliche, because everybody is talking about it. But how do you think about it? How do you define digital transformation?

Stacy Short (15:41):

So, certainly, at IBM, we define digital transformation as delivering these tangible business outcomes for our customers. So, whether it’s the ability – like what we just talked about – to move a traditionally products-based company into a completely new revenue stream by allowing them to use data or aftermarket services to just realize a whole new opportunity for their company, this is what we are trying to create when we talk about digital transformation that we’re moving them to the next level in the evolution of their company.

Kevin L. Jackson (16:17):

Wow. So, the future of supply chain is going to look very different than it does today. You have to merge that physical tracking and tracing of the product to tracking and tracing your data, I guess, and leveraging that data to enhance the product. And as technology changes, you really don’t have to change how you use technology, this has to be a consistent mindset. So, if you agree, how can organization embrace this idea of constant transformation?

Stacy Short (16:57):

Right. Right. Yes. That is the only constant right now is change. So, again, it’s about sort of looking at the data, looking at the data quality within your four walls, but also understanding the data capture that’s required outside your four walls. And you touch on the sustainability topic again, but we’ll talk about measurement of carbon impact. You’re being asked to report not only what you’re doing inside your four walls, but also what your suppliers are doing or what others are doing. So, this need to share, and this need for transparency of data is only going to become more and more critical, both for regulatory and for optimization of business processes. So, yes, I think it’s a big future around understanding how to help customers with that data transparency and with making sure that they’re capturing the right data to add value to the processes.

Kevin L. Jackson (17:58):

This is amazing. And you’re really showing a light on the importance and the value of IBM and SAP. You’ve gone through this over the past 50 years. And, in fact, I understand SAP was actually founded by IBM’ers a long time ago.

Stacy Short (18:19):

That’s right. Five IBM’ers in 197, and that’s when the partnership was actually formed. Yeah.

Kevin L. Jackson (18:26):

Amazing. I mean, thank you for your time. I mean, I could talk to you all day about this, but unfortunately our time has come to an end. But before we go, how can the audience learn more about IBM, SAP, and your astounding joint capabilities?

Stacy Short (18:46):

Sure. Yes. Lots of ways to do that, Kevin. Certainly, you can check us out on social media. On the SAP side, they’ll reference the IBM partnership. And certainly on the IBM side, referencing the SAP partnership. Also, talk to your reps, either on the SAP or the IBM side, they will absolutely know about the partnership. And then, you can always look me up on LinkedIn as well, Kevin.

Kevin L. Jackson (19:11):

Oh, thank you very much. And I’ll be sure to put those links in the show notes. So, thank you for spending your time with us, Stacy. So, in closing, I would like to invite everyone to check out a wide variety of industry thought leadership at supplychainnow.com. You can find Digital Transformers and Supply Chain Now wherever you get your podcast, so be sure to subscribe. On behalf of the entire team here at Supply Chain Now, this is Kevin L. Jackson wishing all of our listeners a bright and transformational future. We’ll see you next time on Digital Transformers.

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Stacy Short is a Vice President in IBM’s Consulting business. She leads IBM’s SAP Global Partnership for Consulting and IBM’s Evolution Partnership with SAP. Stacy has over 25 years of SAP experience through her consulting and alliance management roles and has completed 15 SAP implementations. In her current role, Stacy uses her deep SAP experience, her process background and her strong SAP relationships to work collaboratively with customers and IBM and SAP leaders to help clients deliver their digital transformation journeys. Connect with Stacy on LinkedIn.

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Marty Parker serves as both the CEO & Founder of Adæpt Advising and an award-winning Senior Lecturer (Teaching Professor) in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the University of Georgia. He has 30 years of experience as a COO, CMO, CSO (Chief Strategy Officer), VP of Operations, VP of Marketing and Process Engineer. He founded and leads UGA’s Supply Chain Advisory Board, serves as the Academic Director of UGA’s Leaders Academy, and serves on multiple company advisory boards including the Trucking Profitability Strategies Conference, Zion Solutions Group and Carlton Creative Company.

Marty enjoys helping people and companies be successful. Through UGA, Marty is passionate about his students, helping them network and find internships and jobs. He does this through several hundred one-on-one zoom meetings each year with his students and former students. Through Adæpt Advising, Marty has organized an excellent team of affiliates that he works with to help companies grow and succeed. He does this by helping c-suite executives improve their skills, develop better leaders, engage their workforce, improve processes, and develop strategic plans with detailed action steps and financial targets. Marty believes that excellence in supply chain management comes from the understanding the intersection of leadership, culture, and technology, working across all parts of the organization to meet customer needs, maximize profit and minimize costs.

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Laura Lopez

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Lopez serves as our Supply Chain Now Marketing Coordinator. She graduated from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico with a degree in marketing. Laura loves everything digital because she sees the potential it holds for companies in the marketing industry. Her passion for creativity and thinking outside the box led her to pursue a career in marketing. With experience in fields like accounting, digital marketing, and restaurants, she clearly enjoys taking on challenges. Laura lives the best of both worlds - you'll either catch her hanging out with her friends soaking up the sun in Mexico or flying out to visit her family in California!

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Jake Barr

Host

An acknowledged industry leader, Jake Barr now serves as CEO for BlueWorld Supply Chain Consulting, providing support to a cross section of Fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Caterpillar, Colgate, Dow/Dupont, Firmenich, 3M, Merck, Bayer/Monsanto, Newell Brands, Kimberly Clark, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Sanofi, Estee Lauder and Coty among others. He's also devoted time to engagements in public health sector work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At P&G, he managed the breakthrough delivery of an E2E (End to End) Planning Transformation effort, creating control towers which now manage the daily business globally. He is recognized as the architect for P&G’s demand driven supply chain strategy – referenced as a “Consumer Driven Supply Chain” transformation. Jake began his career with P&G in Finance in Risk Analysis and then moved into Operations. He has experience in building supply network capability globally through leadership assignments in Asia, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. He currently serves as a Research Associate for MIT; a member of Supply Chain Industry Advisory Council; Member of Gartner’s Supply Chain Think Tank; Consumer Goods “League of Leaders“; and a recipient of the 2015 - 2021 Supply Chain “Pro’s to Know” Award. He has been recognized as a University of Kentucky Fellow.

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Marcia Williams

Host

Marcia Williams, Managing Partner of USM Supply Chain, has 18 years of experience in Supply Chain, with expertise in optimizing Supply Chain-Finance Planning (S&OP/ IBP) at Large Fast-Growing CPGs for greater profitability and improved cash flows. Marcia has helped mid-sized and large companies including Lindt Chocolates, Hershey, and Coty. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a degree in Accounting from Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay (South America). Marcia is also a Forbes Council Contributor based out of New York, and author of the book series Supply Chains with Maria in storytelling style. A recent speaker’s engagement is Marcia TEDx Talk: TEDxMSU - How Supply Chain Impacts You: A Transformational Journey.

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Luisa Garcia

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Luisa Garcia is a passionate Marketer from Lagos de Moreno based in Aguascalientes. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico. She specializes in brand development at any stage, believing that a brand is more than just a name or image—it’s an unforgettable experience. Her expertise helps brands achieve their dreams and aspirations, making a lasting impact. Currently working at Vector Global Logistics in the Marketing team and as podcast coordinator of Logistics With Purpose®. Luisa believes that purpose-driven decisions will impact results that make a difference in the world.

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Astrid Aubert

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Astrid Aubert was born in Guadalajara, she is 39 years old and has had the opportunity to live in many places. She studied communication and her professional career has been in Trade Marketing for global companies such as Pepsico and Mars. She currently works as Marketing Director Mexico for Vector Global Logistics. She is responsible for internal communications and marketing strategy development for the logistics industry. She is a mother of two girls, married and lives in Monterrey. She defines herself as a creative and innovative person, and enjoys traveling and cooking a lot.

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Constantine Limberakis

Host

Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

As the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Now, you might say Scott is the voice of supply chain – but he’s too much of a team player to ever claim such a title. One thing’s for sure: he’s a tried and true supply chain expert. With over 15 years of experience in the end-to-end supply chain, Scott’s insights have appeared in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and CNN. He has also been named a top industry influencer by Thinkers360, ISCEA and more.

From 2009-2011, Scott was president of APICS Atlanta, and he continues to lead initiatives that support both the local business community and global industry. A United States Air Force Veteran, Scott has also regularly led efforts to give back to his fellow veteran community since his departure from active duty in 2002.

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Greg White

Principal & Host

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Mary Kate Soliva

Host, Veteran Voices

Mary Kate Soliva is a veteran of the US Army and cofounder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative. She is currently in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program at Saint Leo University. She is passionate about combating human trafficking and has spent the last decade conducting training for military personnel and the local community.

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Director, Customer Experience

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Mary Kate Love

Chief of Staff & Host

Mary Kate Love is currently the VP of marketing at Supply Chain Now focused on brand strategy and audience + revenue growth. Mary Kate’s career is a testament to her versatility and innovative spirit: she has experience in start-ups, venture capital, and building innovation initiatives from the ground up: she previously helped lead the build-out of the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific and before that, MxD (Manufacturing times Digital): the Department of Defense’s digital manufacturing innovation center. Mary Kate has a passion for taking complicated ideas and turning them into reality: she was one of the first team members at MxD and the first team member at the Supply Chain Innovation Center at Georgia-Pacific.

Mary Kate dedicates her extra time to education and mentorship: she was one of the founding Board Members for Women Influence Chicago and led an initiative for a city-wide job shadow day for young women across Chicago tech companies and was previously on the Board of Directors at St. Laurence High School in Chicago, Young Irish Fellowship Board and the UN Committee for Women. Mary Kate is the founder of National Supply Chain Day and enjoys co-hosting podcasts at Supply Chain Now. Mary Kate is from the south side of Chicago, a mom of two baby boys, and an avid 16-inch softball player. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Joshua Miranda

Marketing Specialist

Joshua is a student from Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey Campus Guadalajara in Communication and Digital Media. His experience ranges from Plug and Play México, DearDoc, and Nissan México creating unique social media marketing campaigns and graphics design. Joshua helps to amplify the voice of supply chain here at Supply Chain Now by assisting in graphic design, content creation, asset logistics, and more.  In his free time he likes to read and write short stories as well as watch movies and television series.

Donna Krache

Director of Communications and Executive Producer

Donna Krache is a former CNN executive producer who has won several awards in journalism and communication, including three Peabodys.  She has 30 years’ experience in broadcast and digital journalism. She led the first production team at CNN to convert its show to a digital platform. She has authored many articles for CNN and other media outlets. She taught digital journalism at Georgia State University and Arizona State University. Krache holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans. She is a serious sports fan who loves the Braves. She is president of the Dave Krache Foundation. Named in honor of her late husband, this non-profit pays fees for kids who want to play sports but whose parents are facing economic challenges.

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