I have been thinking a lot about this particular posting. Although it sounds cliche, it is true that it is hard to believe that it has already been 90 days in some ways and that I also can’t believe it has only been 90 days in other ways.
The ride has been a blast and I am surer of the decision to join the Kinaxis team now than I was when I wrote my Day 0 post to start this blog series. (BTW, “more sure” sounds better than “surer” to me, but my grammar program wins this round.)
On the other hand, we have accomplished a lot in 90 days. I had very high expectations for where we would be at 90 days, but I think we have done even more than I had hoped by this point.
So, with this blog, I thought I would do a quick recap of the last 90 days and make a prediction for the next 90 days.
Before beginning the recap, let me set the context by saying that these accomplishments are not the accomplishments of the entire company during the past three months. These accomplishments are focused on product areas – product marketing, product management, messaging, positioning, user experience, collecting customer requirements and so forth. The company also made great strides in many other areas, but I am not close enough to them all to discuss them here. In addition, all the accomplishments listed here are certainly not mine alone. It takes a lot of individuals, working in teams, across varied functional areas to make these strides.
Here goes. Some of the highlights of the last 90 days (in no particular order):
- Launch of RapidResponse Control Tower – a solution to enable the demand and supply balancing of anything and everything.
- Successful Kinexions conferences in both North America and Japan, with over 400 combined attendees, presentations from large multi-national organizations, brand name partners and industry analysts.
- The first industry influencers day, drawing 150% of our goal for attendance and exceeding our expectations in terms of post-session blogs and commentary from attendees.
- Development and alignment to a three-to-four year product roadmap that ensures we stay ahead of the market.
- A double-down on our investment in user experience and bringing in some top notch talent into the teams.
- A complete re-launch of the website to align with our Control Tower vision and strategy.
- A long list of strategic partners, customers and prospects who want to co-develop Control Tower applications with us.
Predicting the next 90 days, especially on such a short window, is always tricky. Here goes anyway … again in no particular order:
- The expansion of our product roadmap thinking in a way that allows us to bring new value to the market even quicker than we do today.
- The launch of a social media “game” which will have people outside the traditional supply chain community talking about Kinaxis, and more importantly, understanding that balancing of demand and supply of anything is everything.
- Two new Control Tower applications in “alpha” deployments with customers.
- Industry analysts talking about a new and emerging enterprise software category – or the expansion of the definition of an existing software category.
- A visual and conversational representation of RapidResponse Control Tower that allows customers, prospects and partners to see the value of Control Tower in a fraction of the time that it typically takes today.
Well, there you have it. I have really enjoyed blogging in this “informal” manner for the last 90 days. Going in, I did think that I would blog more often (and as someone pointed out to me last week, in the week before I started, I actually was thinking for 90 continuous days!). Candidly, I just don’t find myself interesting enough to blog every day.
Although this ends the “first 90 days” blog, I will still continue to blog on what I see happening in the industry, and more often on what we are doing here at Kinaxis. My blog posts will move to our community in the “21st Century Supply Chain Blog.”
For those of you who have been following along – thanks! Again, it has been a blast.
To prove that I really am a technology geek, there really is only one way to sign off …