Supply Chain Wrap Up: Smart Approaches In Advancing Productivity at Reduced Cost


Supply Chain Wrap Up: Smart Approaches In Advancing Productivity at Reduced Cost

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 - 16:39
Friday, July 8, 2011 - 16:23
“Gentlemen, we have run out of money….now we have to think” Winston Churchill

A Public and Private Sector Imperative

Last week, President Obama met with Congressional Leaders to address the Nation’s debt. The challenges we face as a country today are not too far off from those of Churchill’s time. Both leaders face the puzzling question of how to do more without more. The advantage we have over Sir Winston’s generation, however, is the quantum improvement in solution technology and techniques available to us today.  

The current problem our national leadership is addressing is equally relevant to our national and global business communities. Similarly, today there are dramatic improvements in our business solutions, and many of these improvements and tools are directly applicable to public sector issues.

Discussion and Alternatives

Beginning in May 2011, IBM launched a series of approximately 40 blogs on this site, providing insight on proven successful techniques in streamlining supply chain processes and improving productivity that enable bottom-line savings.  These blogs cover topics including:

Early on in the blog series, we discussed our Nation’s compelling need to reduce costs. It is our hope that these blogs have contributed to the body of alternatives our leaders are considering to solve not only our current debt and deficit problems, but to maintain our Nation’s preeminence in the global community.

Moving Forward

In closing, we sincerely appreciate the comments and suggestions in response to our blogs. Please stay tuned as we shift our focus on our third initiative as detailed in our Strategies to Cut Cost and Improve Performance whitepaper, Reduce Energy Use.




Tim Wood is a Partner and IBM Public Sector Supply Chain Management Leader. He has more than 23 years of experience leading major supply chain transformations in both private and public sector organizations, as executive, program manager and/or senior supply chain strategist within the aerospace and defense, high technology, consumer products, industrial products and pharmaceutical industries.   Mr. Wood recently chaired the 2010 Defense Logistics Conference and serves as a strategic advisor to multiple Public Sector supply chain executives.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Dayton.

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