Jonah Saint McIntire

About this Blog & Jonah McIntire

 

Thanks for visiting the blog. This page describes a little about the mission of the blog and how it is managed. Way back in 2009, on the verge of taking a new role that would require me to give companies advice on supply chain visibility, I decided to start a blog on the topic. My main goals at the time were to (1) flesh out my own thinking on the subject, (2) enable a space for professional discussion on the topic without ties to commercial interests, and (3) to document what was known best practice in a public place. Over the next four years the blog came to be of interest to the supply chain community, eventually being a 1st page rank on Google and having significant traffic. Noticed, it eventually lead to a book on supply chain visibility published in January 2014. During 2013 I slowed down on publishing new blog articles, mostly due to my creative writing energies and time being invested in getting the textbook written. In 2014 I went back through all the published articles, updated them and corrected them to match my latest understanding of the field, and re-launched the blog.

What succeeded with the first experiment was my need for self-clarification through writing and documenting best practices in a public forum. What did not work was the idea of building a community of multiple perspectives. For better or worse, the first blog was the mind-child of only one person: myself. Now, beginning in 2014, I’ll be trying a second round. This new blog is going to expand on what I was doing previously in four principle ways:

  1. Broaden the scope of topic to look at any area of supply chain management that interests me
  2. Broaden the author pool by including guest authors
  3. Retain the focus on technology
  4. Retain the focus on long-form analysis

I see great things happening in the supply chain domain, but mostly driven by technology. Definitionally, the supply chain concerns itself with the flow of information, materials, and capital across a sequence of independent organizations as they created and shared value. Technology is exogenous to this domain, but it is the principle driver behind increasing volume in these flows and also in their complexity to optimize. That, in short, is why I want to discuss supply chain technology. It is a beating heart for our domain in ways that other exogenous drivers such as human resources or trade law will never be. Thought leadership can help a community in many ways, but it provides unique values in at least three avenues.

First, it can educate members of the community who have not had the opportunity to learn about a subject first-hand. I’m often picturing junior professionals in this regard, simply because the vast majority of the domain knowledge presented must be acquired through experiences. But it may also apply to mid-career or late-career professionals who are refocusing on a new area of supply chain, or perhaps even changing career emphasis all together.

Second, thought leaders can identity and showcase places along the best-practice frontier. As the saying goes: the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed. At any given moment a small number of organizations or professionals are doing something that will prove to be the best-practice later, and an industry standard even further down the road. By highlighting these kinds of efforts, thought leadership helps move truly good ideas down the adoption curve.

Third, thought leaders can help identity good future paths to explore. This is industry-specific hypothesis generation, and something of tremendous value to the community as a whole. Although many of these ideas will bear no fruit, those that do have enormous value-adding potential. It takes cooperation between the thought leader and the community to make the value real, as most hypotheses will require substantial time, energy, and resources to even be tested.

WHAT’S THE BLOG’S MISSION?

 

The blog mission now includes collecting, recording, and distributing new materials, case studies, knowledge, and trends in the supply chain practice as and where this intersects with technology. Unless I can rope in many gues writers, the blog will continue to be primarily run by Jonah McIntire, with occasional guest articles. Jonah currently works for GT Nexus, a supply chain software solution provider. But, this blog is in no way is in no way a reflection of GT Nexus views, rather a personal effort: the views in this blog do not represent the views of GT Nexus and no data, trade secrets, or confidential information from GT Nexus is being used or incorporated in to blog posts. 

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