June 27, 2016
120 new courses and counting
By: Erynn Buckman

Accenture Academy continues to release courses each month on multiple subject areas within Supply Chain, Finance, Digital, and Analytics. Since January 2016, we have released 120 new courses in a variety of formats, from our online self-study, to webinar, spotlight, and our newer tablet-enabled courses. Below are some of our most popular new courses:

Supply Chain Skills Digital & Analytic Skills Professional Skills Spotlights

*Tablet-enabled course

Staying Relevant

As part of our process to continuously refresh our curriculum, Accenture Academy will be retiring courses, replaced, in part, with the new courses recently released. This is a biannual process to identify courses based on age, use, and industry relevance to be refreshed or retired. Through this effort, we identified 106 courses to be retired. We’ve already worked with all clients directly and have also reached out to every registered user with specific timelines and recommended actions for the course(s) for which they have registered. We divided these courses into three retirement batches executed in April, May, and June. The final batch of courses will be retired by June 30, 2016. Please reach out to your Academy representative if you have questions.

On the Road Again

Spring brings baseball, a sense of renewal, and conference season, including the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Gartner always aims to bring its own sense of renewal to organizations with a variety of speakers, tracks, and events, all focusing on the latest trends in supply chain. The theme of this year’s conference was Leading a Bimodal Business.

Gartner defines bimodal supply chains as “having two modes of operation, each designed to address different business goals:

  •  Mode 1 is traditional, emphasizing operational stability, efficiency, cost savings, and continuous improvement.

  •  Mode 2 is exploratory, emphasizing innovative, creative solutions, speed, and big-step changes in capability.

Digital Supply Chain

From Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference Keynote

In our two previous newsletters, we discussed bimodal as it related to digital business and the digital supply chain network. We focused on what skills are in demand within the shifting business model. These themes remain relevant and in line with the content presented throughout Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference last month.

Proctor and Gamble

From Gartner Top 25 Dinner.  Analytics, CSR, and Customer Partnership & Integration were key differentiators among the Top 25.

As I reflect on the sessions and my notes, definite themes around talent were woven throughout the conference. I would summarize these themes into the following categories:

  • Analytics: You don’t need to be a data scientist to leverage and understand analytics. All employees should be exposed to the basics of analytics. This exposure creates growth within an algorithmic business where analytics is embedded end-to-end into the customer, product, and service. Disparate data can now provide meaningful operational insight. And analytics was a key differentiator in Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 list.

  • Digital: Technology is changing. The evolution mirrors Moore’s Law in that capability for any given digital technology will grow exponentially every 1-2 years (for example, the 3D printer).

  • Functional and Cross-functional Skills: Mode 1 functional skill development will be ongoing, just as the work will be ongoing to sustain day-to-day and cross-functional skills to maximize operations. The skills in mode 2 will still require functional knowledge, but they will be differentiated because the traditional matrices will be nonexistent. Business functions (including IT) will blend to be adaptive and agile. They will need to grow skills around collaboration, innovation, project management, communication, and strategic thinking, including business consulting skills.

  • Job Rotation: In an agile business, having employees who understand the job functions and have experience with them will create a more agile organization. Companies can develop a talent pool of high performers that can be pulled into situations as needed, to perform (mode 1) or innovate (mode 2).

  • Partnerships and Integration: The ability to reach outside your company to innovate, collaborate, and source new ideas was a differentiator in this year’s Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain report.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): CSR reemerged as a discussion point at this year’s conference. Companies recognize that customers are requiring transparency of the full supply chain. With the help of technology for transparency, companies are getting visibility and accountability beyond tier 1 suppliers, moving from traceability to trust.

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