Daily Archives: April 20, 2009

Upcoming Events from the #1 Supply Chain Resource Site

The Sourcing Innovation Resource Site, always immediately accessible from the link under the “Free Resources” section of the sidebar, continues to add new content on a weekly, and often daily, basis. Unlike many “resource”, “best of”, or “portal sites” that are abandoned almost as quickly as they are thrown together, the resource site is actively maintained (and dead links are removed on a regular, usually weekly, basis). In fact, there have been over 25 resource additions in the past week alone.

The total number of unique, active resources exceeds the 2,600 mark, and breaks down as follows:

And includes the following recent additions, among many others:


Dates Conference Sponsor
2009-Apr-28 to



Birmingham, England, UK (Europe)

Clarion Events
2009-May-4 to


Offshore Technology Conference

Houston, Texas, USA (North-America)

2009-May-5 to


Shipper Symposium

Dallas, Texas, USA (North-America)

2009-May-27 to


Consumer Packaged Goods Forecasting & Planning Summit

Chicago, Illinois, USA (North-America)

IE Group
2009-Jun-8 to


MDM East

New York, New York, USA (North-America)

MDM East


Date & Time Webcast

13:00 GMT-06:00/CST/MDT

Measuring Your Green Initiatives

Sponsor: APICS


11:00 GMT-05:00/CDT/EST

Weathering the Storm: Managing in Economic Crisis

Sponsor: CSCMP


8:00 GMT-07:00/MST/PDT

Combining Warehousing with Transportation Management: Monitor the Pulse of Your Supply Chain

Sponsor: QAD


11:00 GMT-04:00/AST/EDT

Transforming the High-Tech Supply Chain

Sponsor: SCC


11:00 GMT-04:00/AST/EDT

Supply Chain Talent – Where Next?

Sponsor: SCC

which are all readily searchable from the comprehensive Site-Search page. So don’t forget to review the resource site on a weekly basis. You just might find what you didn’t even know you were looking for!

And continue to keep a sharp eye out for new content which will be coming on-line in the near future!

Did We Need Yet Another Study To Tell Us That Slave-Driving Isn’t Productive?

A recent study from the University of Melbourne, covered by Computer World, found that workers are more productive if allowed to use the internet for leisure. Duh! Anyone with two working brain cells in IT should be able to tell you that.

Specifically, it found that People who do surf the Internet for fun at work – within a reasonable limit of less than 20% of their total time in the office – are more productive by about 9% than those who don’t. The explanation given is that people need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration. Duh! Anyone who’s taught can tell you that. Every 17 to 20 minutes, you lose 1/3 of your audience if you don’t shake things up a bit, change the topic, wake them up, etc.

And even more insightful, the press release notes that it is important such browsing is done in moderation, as internet addiction can have the reverse effect. Duh! If you spend 8 hours a day following the twits that comprise the twittersphere, then you’re obviously not going to get anything done.

At least the computerworld article had the good sense to state the obvious points that should have been made.

  • It gets personal things off your mind.
    It’s hard to work distracted. If you can pop-on the internet, and get an annoyance like paying a bill, pre-ordering take-out, or getting out a message you can’t forget to deliver over with, you free yourself of distractions and this enables you to concentrate (providing you turn off those twitter feeds).
  • It converts unnecessary real-time interactions into asynchronous ones
    Nothing destroys deep concentration more than a five minute “pop-in” by a colleague who just feels the need to “talk”. If it’s unimportant, they can write you an e-mail, and you can read it later when you’re not in the middle of something important.
  • It makes work enjoyable.
    No one is productive in workplace hell where bosses spend all their time reciting garbage along the lines of “personal time steals from the company” and doing everything they can to squash happiness. Happy workers are productive workers. Productive workers create value. And that’s what sells in today’s economy.

So keep your workplace fun and free of too many unnecessary restrictions. As long as employee behavior is responsible, you’ll get your money’s worth.