Copycats in Supply Chain

00:08 Introduction
00:35 Has the software kept up with the buzzwords?
01:29 What do you mean by superficial tech?
03:51 So the buzzwords keep up with the trends, but the tech does not necessarily do that?
07:32 Have the initial constraints that were put in place by the first version of tech implemented changed?
08:10 How easy is it to trick
15:00 Are vendors not used to get challenged about their tech?
15:52 Sounds like the lines between the art of selling and simply lying are kind of blurred?
17:30 Has Lokad been copied in probabilistic forecasting?
19:00 To produce probabilistic forecasts you need probabilistic algebra. Has that been included inthe copy pasting?
19:31 Isn’t the reason we leave out detail in the brochure simply because we don’t have to?
22:41 Besides probabilistic forecasting, has anything else been copied from Lokad?
24:10 Is the key of cloud computing that I can have an account on the cloud I can access at any time?
25:15 So if you can’t have an account quickly, it’s a red flag indicating it’s not really cloud based?
25:48 At the moment, what gets advertised the most amongst supply chain vendors?
28:05 Is demand sensing popular at the moment?
30:26 What question should you ask your vendors to challenge their tech?
32:04 What if you ask your vendor what broke when they implemented a new tech?
32:42 If your vendor tells you that nothing broke when they implemented new tech, is that a red flat?


The supply chain industry is driven by buzzwords. A decade ago, cloud computing and probabilistic forecasts were not associated with the supply chain industry. Now (2021) it is the talk of the industry, alongside AI,blockchain and machine learning. Vendors are quick to keep up to date and adapt with these trends. Unfortunately, so is false advertisement. Is the tech keeping up, or are we being sold pretty brochures and empty words from our vendors?

It is important to be aware that the promises of a brochure does not necessarily echo through the tech behind it. Lines between marketing and plain lies are becoming increasingly more blurred and increasingly harder to detect. How does one prove their claims of ROI (Return On Investment) for example? We are discussing this issue in more detail.

If you are looking for a new supply chain software vendor, we recommend that you ask to see the public documentation and ask a competitor to make the assessment.