“Architecture is not about installing infrastructure, but designing ways that information is stored and moved,” says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO of US LBM, a $3 billion specialty distributor of lumber, roofing, siding, and other building materials across 30 states. “When it comes to technology, we want to stay ahead of our competition, but not our technology partners,” he says. To do this successfully requires “people who understand the business and what connects to what and where we can disintermediate competitors or change the way things work by connecting things together in ingenious ways,” Spagnoletti says. These people are the company’s architects.
Reflecting on my past day and a half attending AGENDA19, I am happy to share that I feel immersed with intelligence. AGENDA is an annual business leadership conference focused on driving organizations forward in changing times.
The overarching theme for our AI/ML sessions was “Where Companies are Winning with Digital” and it was covered in two segments:
Over the past two weeks, I have been to two supply chain events and at each of them autonomous mobile robots were a focal point. The first was LogiMat, an international trade show for Intralogistics, held in Stuttgart Germany. LogiMat is a massive event, with over 60,000 attendees and exhibitors across all aspects of supply chain and logistics. Notable autonomous mobile robotics exhibitors included 6River Systems, Geek+, Magazino, and GreyOrange.
Before diving into the key actions you can follow to transform your procurement organization, let’s consider a recent scenario I heard from a client. This will give you a better picture of the kinds of problems the key actions provided further in this article can help you tackle.