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Solving Critical Shortage Issues

Shortage Mitigation Revisited

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 22 I have been thinking about shortages again and how one might improve their supply situation in these difficult times. In July, I posted a blog to scmroundtable.com titled “Shortages: Three Extreme Mitigation Approaches” where I suggested things that are somewhat “outside-the-box” for normal sourcing but not so when viewed in an environment of extreme scarcity of material. Today, I have another thought that may help some of you and have created a game to help you experience how your company may be hindered in finding parts. I call the game “Spot...


Minimize the Damage of Component Shortages

Humpty Dumpty

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 21 “We are entering times of trouble”. This is the opening sentence in an article by Oliver Wymans’ partner, Armin Scharlach, titled “Procurement During Trade Wars - Competitive Advantage in Times of Trouble”[i]. ) His article looks at one’s ability to succeed with serious trade wars between the USA and China and with the USA and Europe. It’s worth reading; however, if this was all there is in the land of trouble, it would be dangerous but survivable. Image: 123RF/ Bakhtiar Zein In the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty”, all the King’s horses and all...


Unique Analytics Company

Ken, your engine is revving a lot of RPMs!

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 20 This blog’s title is an email quote from a customer trying the extreme shortages mitigation approaches outlined in my last blog. He was surprised by the number of alternatives we tabled for him. This individual is one of the best supply chain professionals I know. He works for one of our clients in the Bay area and has worked for a number of industry leading telecom and computer companies. I can guarantee you that, based on his work ethic, experience and mindset, he has turned his supply base upside down trying to...


Shortages: Three Extreme Mitigation Approaches

Shortages: Three Extreme Mitigation Approaches

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 19 The introduction of semi-autonomous vehicle demand coupled with the already growing smart phone requirements for passive components - particularly MLCC capacitors - has created significant shortage problems for EMS and OEM companies in the last year. This has caused a surge in prices for those lucky enough to secure supply and severe shortages for the less fortunate ones; most component users experience a combination of both. There appears to be an excess of demand over supply of about 15%, maybe more. SCM Roundtable has a published white papers authored by Di Han...


A.I Insights & Results

A.I. Insights & Results

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 18 Before Donald Trump entered politics, his name appeared in less than 0.1% of mainstream news publications. During the election, that number increased to about 10% and has now fallen back to around 5%. It is also worthy of note that both Trump and Hillary Clinton (although she appeared in fewer publications) were associated with the same percentage of articles - about 70% - that could be considered to have a negative tone. What’s amazing isn’t these figures but the fact that I was able to read all of these articles and formulate...


ATC Program

Progress drives change

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 17 I missed a cycle in my biweekly blog posting. This I understand to be a faux pas of herculean proportion for bloggers as continuity and consistency are critical to readers. For this, I apologize. I offer no excuses other than things have become very hectic in a good way on many fronts. As mentioned previously, Lytica acquired the AI Consultancy team from Gnowit Inc. and their integration into the development team at our Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has been both exciting and revealing. I now have a team of six dedicated AI researchers...


Year of Progress

A year of progress

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 16 It has been about one year since Lytica began its investment in AI research and development through our newly created Advanced Technology Center. Aside from focusing the company exclusively on supply chain analytics, this was the most significant strategic move that Lytica had made and underpins our R&D agenda for the next 5 years. It also forms the foundation for our new product plans and roll outs. This was a good decision. Choosing to report on our company’s journey through this transformation was another. Both have moved our company forward in ways that...


Price Stability

Price Stability

How Lytica became a unique analytics company: Part 15 I repeatedly see an all too familiar shape. It is the shape of a transition between two plateaus, where the second is a step higher than the first. As I plot my customer’s competitiveness, starting from our first engagement, this shape becomes visible over time. The improvement in their performance is a direct result of acting on Lytica’s pricing recommendations and their renegotiation represents an assignable cause as their system has been changed by price visibility. The general shape has the lower plateau existing for one to two quarters, followed by...