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Ann Grackin

CEO of ChainLink Research


About the Author

At ChainLink Research, Ann Grackin and her team have advised hundreds of global corporations, achieving dramatic improvements in business performance through process and technology innovation. ChainLink Research leads the market in research coverage of supply chain—the links in the chain. She is a popular speaker and respected writer featured in leading trade publications. Ms. Grackin is active in several supply chain and technology industry groups where she has participated or led the creation of supply chain methodologies.

Guest Post: Cloud: the Key to Global Sourcing Strategy

Ann Grackin February 18, 2014

Developing a global sourcing model to serve a world-wide customer base as well as to manage global operations in a seamless way, manufacturers have adopted a ‘build anywhere-ship anywhere strategy.’ Adopting a cloud manufacturing system is emerging as the best strategy to quickly enable these capabilities....

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