Think Tank Session
"Practical Mobility: Creating
Reactive Supply Networks"
THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Reception
follows. Invitation Only.
See Below for Possible Participation.
Mobile Applications and Mobile Web Services will undoubtedly change
how enterprises move goods and deliver services. The question is
when and how? A number of factors point to increasing interest in
the management of supply chain processes outside the walls of the
business as an area where enterprises may turn first.
Billions of dollars have been spent to automate processes within
the walls of corporations, and the Internet has provided a means
to integrate processes among firms within a supply chain. However,
little has been done to automate processes outside the enterprise
campus. Over 10 million supply chain workers in the U.S. carry a
clipboard outside the facility of their employer. A number of enabling
technologies are in place which might address this market. GPRS
and other data services are becoming pervasive; mobile devices with
wireless connections are plentiful. Yet adoption of end-to-end mobile
solutions has been slower than some predicted. The needs of enterprises
will shape the development of applications, but what are the needs
that must be addressed to make the promise of Mobile Supply Chain
Objective of the Session
The objective of this Think Tank Session is to focus on enabling
products and technologies from across the supply chain, which will
create Practical Mobile Supply Chain Management. The session will
address the needs of enterprises, addressing why companies will
change, how they will adapt, and what they will do to maximize the
potential of Mobile Supply Chain Management. This Think Tank Session
is part of a series beginning in the fall 2002 on the strategies
and future development of Practical Mobility.
Practical Mobile Solutions
No single industry group is focusing on practical mobile solutions.
Firms from across the value chain will come together to participate
in this interactive Session, where each participant will be challenged
to share thoughts and views on the future of Mobile Supply Chain
Management in the context of business applications for the next
36 month market horizon.
The two-day event will begin with a one-day session for companies
providing components of Practical Mobility Solutions: enterprise
software providers, wireless operators, network equipment providers,
enterprise system integrators, independent software vendors, and
others. Attendance will be limited at each value chain segment to
permit a robust mix of knowledge and insight within attendance limits.
During the second day, end-users of supply chain management solutions
Questions to be addressed at this Think Tank Session include:
- What are the pain points within enterprises that will define
Mobile Supply Chain Management, and how will these pain points
define Mobile Supply Chain Management?
- What are the key barriers that are keeping widespread adoption
of Practical Mobility solutions in the supply chain market segment?
- What market dynamics will need to take place to further accelerate
market adoption of Practical Mobility solutions?
- What can technology providers do to accelerate market adoption
of Practical Mobility solutions? Are there gaps or solution elements
that are required to accelerate market adoption of Practical Mobility?
- What collaboration across the value chain would help adoption
- What are the unique requirements of the mobile user?
- Will Mobile Supply Chain Management spawn new business models?
If so, from what will the customers benefit? How will the pricing
for these models be set? Which members of the value chain will
deliver these benefits?
"Practical Mobility" is a class of powerful enterprise solutions
that are "practical" because they address real business issues,
and "mobile" because they extend outside the four walls of the business.
These solutions are attractive because their financial benefits
are tangible. Clipboards and paperwork are eliminated. Data entry
costs and errors are reduced. Reconciliation for invoicing is improved,
cash flow is accelerated, value add for customers is improved, and
high-touch CRM is enabled. The technology of Practical Mobility
is a convergence of software applications, business content (data),
network capability, and user devices. When these four elements are
integrated to provide a systems solution, the impact is powerful.
In the case of supply chain management, Practical Mobility is attractive
because of the high potential returns through improvements such
as making the supply chain more agile and reactive, by shortage
reductions, by inventory reductions, and by cash flow improvements,
among a large number of other potential benefits.
THINK TANK SESSION DELIVERABLES
- Insights and foresights into your strategic needs and positioning
in the value chain
- Networking and social sessions with industry leaders, partners,
- Session proceedings
- Survey data of end-users on topics related to Mobile Enterprise
- Current Silicon Valley World Internet Sponsors are assured
attendance at no charge.
- Other Value Chain Participants will pay $4,000 for the first
person attending, and may send two persons for $6,500. No charge
for the end-user participants. Attendance is limited to two persons
per firm, and invitations may be withdrawn until payment has been
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & ATTENDANCE
For confirmation of attendance and further information, please
Ms. Claire Kahrobaie
Manager, Client Services