Dr. Ken Fordyce is Arkieva's Solutions Director of Semiconductors and Analytics. Before joining Arkieva, he had a very successful 36-year career with IBM, much of it in all aspects of supply chain (to use Intel's Karl Kempf's preferred term – demand supply networks) for IBM Microelectronics Division (MD). During this time period, MD was a fortune 100-size firm by itself. Fordyce was part of the teams that altered the landscape of best-practices – receiving three IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, AAAI Innovative Application Award, and INFORMS Edelman Finalist (twice) and Wagner (winner). He writes and speaks often about the "ongoing challenge," both to practitioners and academics. He is a long-time colleague Dr. Harpal Singh, founder and CEO of Arkieva. They first met in 1997 when Arkieva did the original demand planning application for IBM that set the standard for best-practices.

Würth Acquires Amber Wireless

LONDON—Broad component supplier Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG has acquired fellow German company Amber Wireless GmbH for an undisclosed sum. Amber, founded in 1998, specialises in the design and manufacture of short-range RF modules for implementation of cable-free data links as well as home automation and automatic meter reading solutions. Through the acquisition,…

Beyond the Maturity Buzz: Journey, Agents of Change & Real Optimization

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is a continuous business process that enables firms from hospitals to electronic component manufacturers to respond to emerging situations in an intelligent manner that maintains a balance between demand and supply. The intelligence is achieved by collaboration and alignment throughout the organization supported by software across five major activities.  The…