We will kick off Connect 2022 with a dynamic discussion on how the secure Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the industrial world. Gerald Jackson, Product Management Leader at Microsoft, brings more than 20 years of experience at Microsoft, GE Digital, and Accenture. Hosted by Kellen Betts, Research Project Manager and Course Lead at MIT, the discussion will explore how IoT solves many business problems, including remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, facilities management, manufacturing efficiency, and connected products.
The way data is accessed and shared throughout the supply chain is changing. New standards like GS1’s Digital Link, and programs like Project i-Trace and Amazon Transparency offer a glimpse of a new, more interoperable future. At this session, learn what you need to be ready for the new era of web-enabled, item-level identification.
Jason and David had decades of experiences building out the supply chains of Amazon and Microsoft, respectively. A central theme to their success was embracing complexity. By eliminating single points of failure, performance went up and costs went down. In this fireside chat, David Warrick will interview Jason Murray to dive into historical examples of where Amazon leaned into complexity to dramatically improve resiliency.
Supply chain disruptions are a fact of life; the last couple years in particular revealed the vulnerabilities baked into our lean, cost-optimized, and unsustainable supply chains. They’ve also highlighted the need for building supply-chain-resilience capabilities to mitigate risk across key areas, including sustainability. Companies that have solid supply chain monitoring and mapping capabilities — down to the sub-tier site and part level — have a complete picture of how any given disruption will affect their supply chains.
AI-based demand sensing and shaping can not only address many of the ongoing supply chain challenges but increase throughput, material flow, and profitability of your operation. Today’s supply chain chaos, port congestion, and logistics disruptions result as much from an unending pandemic as they are from decades-old supply chain practices. Global supply chains have never seemed more fragile. It is no longer sufficient to have full end-to-end visibility of your supply chain. One has to be able to leverage existing data to anticipate upcoming bottlenecks, supply chain disruptions, and capacity constraints.
Global supply chains have entered a period of significant transformation. What was once seldom discussed outside of specialist forums, the complexity and fragility of supply chains have become a mainstream concern. Companies face multiple challenges to the operating models developed over the last two decades. And leaders are being tested in crucibles that offer an opportunity for self-reflection, learning, and growth.
“Decoding the complexity of supply chain resiliency and sustainability.” Our goal at Connect 2022 will be to peer into the future to uncover and debate how companies and supply chain professionals can build the systems they will need to prepare for and better predict disruptions, decarbonize global supply chains, and deliver the next generation of products and services.
After two years of video calls and virtual events, Connect 2022 will provide a space to reconnect with the supply chain professional community from multiple associations in the Puget Sound area, and gain knowledge and competence from the diversity the attendees will bring. To minimize the risk for event participants, proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required to attend in person.
Connect 2022 will be in the recently-opened Student Success Center at Bellevue College. This facility provides a modern event space with easy parking located in a dynamic and growing hub for companies in the region.
The layout of the event space will maximize the in-person experience, including high-visibility booths for sponsor and partner organizations, quiet areas for conversation, and high-traffic spaces for spontaneous interactions.
“I met a lot of great people who were inspiring. Technology is relatively new to this industry so it's exciting to see what people are coming up with. It was an excellent combination [of] tech and supply chain.”
“This was the first true SCM conference I have been to in Seattle, ever!”
“I got what I put into it, looking forward to either sending some of my team to it next year or attending myself.”
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Thank you for your interest in Connect 2022. Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the May 20th event until the fall. All registrants will receive a full refund. We worked hard to promote the event within the collaborating organizations and more broadly. Previously (pre-covid), this was a successful strategy -- we even reached capacity in our first year without a track record for the event. However, registration this year is far below what we believe is needed to provide a valuable experience. There are likely many reasons for this, and we will learn from the experience to better prepare for an event in the fall.