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2017: A LLamasoft Year In Review

By LLamasoft Editorial Team  December 19, 2017

2017 has flown by and the team at LLamasoft is working at top speed ringing in 2018 with continued momentum! We had so many accomplishments this year, here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights.

Winter

We started off the 2017 winter collaborating with key customers, sharing our exciting solutions and successes with the marketplace, and teaching others about the many benefits of designing optimal supply chains. LLamasoft, and customer Siemens Building Technologies, presented at the European Supply Chain Directors Forum in Munich. The focus of this year’s conference was Transformation, Culture and Collaboration.

LLamasoft executives, including Toby Brzoznowski and Jeff Metersky, spread their supply chain expertise and knowledge at the Stellar Roundtable event and the annual Jump Start Conference which focused on “Igniting Supply Chain Intelligence.”

LLamasoft was honored to have three leaders named to the 2017 Pros to Know by Supply and Demand Chain Executive. Allison Fowler, Senior Director of solution design at LLamasoft, Carlos Valderrama, Vice President of global customer success, and Jim Wilson, the Director of product management at LLamasoft collectively have over 50 years of experience working with global supply chains. The three LLamasoft leaders were named to the annual list recognizing the most innovative minds in the supply chain industry. LLamasoft has had at least one professional on the list every year since the early 2000s.

Spring

LLamasoft continued our trajectory of rapid growth into the spring. We introduced LLamasoft into the Chilean market at an inaugural event in Santiago, Chile. Nutresa, a LLamasoft customer and one of Colombia’s largest food and beverage companies, presented “Tactical Sales and Operation Plan with LLamasoft Technology,” explaining how Nutresa has gained greater visibility in its complex supply chain network and has optimized the execution of processes and strategies with LLamasoft technology.

International supply chain design education continued in the spring at Logistic Summit 2017 in Mexico, with Jeff Metersky presenting “How to Make Good Supply Chain Planners Great” and explaining how the fusion between supply chain design, planning and visibility allows businesses to identify potential risks and make planning decisions to avoid them now, while designing a more resilient supply chain for the future.

In March, we opened more design possibilities for our supply chain models by connecting to FLEXE data and offering more future-state solutions for our customers. FLEXE connects organizations that need warehousing space and services with organizations that have excess space and labor. From a single platform, users can manage growth, inventory peaks, returns, and new-market entry by creating warehouse networks that scale and contract as necessary across North America.

The 2017 Promat conference, an annual gathering of supply chain and manufacturing professionals, was a success for LLamasoft as our Director of Global Alliances, Jason Brewer, along with Partner for Miebach Consulting, Nick Banich presented, “Designing the Ideal Supply Chain Network for the Future.” In this popular session, Brewer and Banich discussed best practices and customer case studies and took attendees on a journey through strategic business plans, developed them into future supply chain requirements, and into designing a solution that supports the needs of tomorrow.

Our biggest LLamasoft news of the year came at the end of spring as we announced a major investment by TPG Capital, the global private equity fund of leading alternative asset firm TPG. TPG is an experienced technology investor that provided new capital for LLamasoft as we build on TPG’s thematic approach to investing in the next generation of supply chain technology.

Summer

We kicked off summer with our biggest SummerCon LLamasoft user conference ever! We welcomed over 400 customers to Detroit to the only supply chain design conference of its kind. Together, we escaped the office and collaborated with the best minds in the business to ponder and debate the future of supply chain design. We can’t wait for SummerCon 2018 in Atlanta as we gather once again with like-minded professionals who know the value and competitive advantage that an optimized supply chain delivers.

As summer heated up so did our solution offering. With the investment from TPG we quickly brought our latest innovative solutions, Supply Chain Guru X and Demand Guru, to market.  Supply Chain Design professionals were stunned and delighted by the new SCGX, a completely new supply chain design software that enables companies to more rapidly answer complex supply chain what-if questions in greater detail with amazing visualizations. And demand planning has never been sharper than with Demand Guru, which enables companies to quickly consider several key demand drivers, from seasonality, to trends, to product lifecycles, to business and external factors – and then test out various future demand scenarios, based on that information.

Every summer we are excited to see Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list and this year was our best yet! 23 of the top 25 supply chains (including all the masters) have used LLamasoft software to design and optimize their complex global supply chains.

There were more industry tradeshows and presentations keeping us moving, including the Food and Drink Supply Chain conference in London, Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, where two of our customers, HP and Johnson and Johnson presented the benefits of using LLamasoft software to design their complex supply chains.  Our customer, Britvic presented at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in London, it’s always awesome to see the great benefits that LLamasoft has brought to our customer’s business.  LLamasoft dominated at CSCMP with our pace-setting customers Michael Kors, U.S. Silica, UPS and Argos all sharing their best practices for optimizing and deriving value from using LLamasoft’s supply chain planning and design solutions.

Fall

Fall was on our heels and we were just getting started! We decided to have even more fun and introduced gamification to the complexity of supply chains. LLamasoft and Supply Chain Insights introduced Impact! a game that fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing and helps businesses understand market-driven supply chains, all while having fun!

Fall did not fall short for LLamasoft as we announced a series of award wins. We were named to Metro Detroit’s List of Best and Brightest Companies. LLamasoft and Argos, the UK’s leading digital retailer, were recognized as second place award recipients in CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain’s Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition. Supply & Demand Chain Executive awarded LLamasoft for Excellence in Sustainable Operations with the 2017 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award. Food Logistics awarded LLamasoft it’s 2017 FL 100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list for helping its global food and beverage customers realize major improvements in cost, service, sustainability and risk mitigation in their global supply chains.

Rounding out the year, our Global Impact team at LLamasoft was focused on their rewarding work and commitment to improving the performance of public health supply chains… and this year’s use of drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) took center stage. LLamasoft partnered with Zipline, a tech innovator that operates the world’s only drone delivery system of national scale, sending urgent medical supplies to patients, no matter where they live. Zipline worked with LLamasoft to simulate their operations and quantify the cost and performance benefit their technology can bring to existing public health supply chains, so they can deliver life-saving materials to those in need faster and more efficiently.

We are only getting started, there are so many big announcements and new solutions teeing up for 2018! We want to offer a huge thank you to our customers and partners. Our dedicated herd of LLamas all over the world loves helping you and your businesses deliver goods and services to people in the world faster, more sustainably, and more efficiently than ever before. Designing the world’s best supply chains for the future will never be more necessary than it will be in 2018.