Below is our recent interview with Madeleine Worrall, Publicist of o9 Solutions:
Q: Madeleine, could you tell us something more about o9 Solutions?
A: o9 Solutions is the premier AI-powered platform for driving digital transformations of integrated planning and operations capabilities. o9’s clients span a variety of industries across manufacturing and retail supply chain. Whether it is driving demand, aligning demand and supply, or managing P&L, any process can be made faster and smarter with o9’s AI-powered digital solutions. Bringing together technology innovations—such as graph-based enterprise modeling, big data analytics, advanced algorithms for scenario planning, collaborative portals, easy-to-use interfaces and cloud-based delivery—into one platform, o9 empowers organizations with superior visibility and predictive and prescriptive insight. With o9’s AI-powered solutions, enterprises can achieve faster, smarter decision making and execution.
Q: You’ve recently participated at the 5th annual economic times supply chain management and logistics summit 2018 at New Delhi, India; could you tell us something more?
A: Yes, it was a great event focused on supply chain and logistics where we were able to showcase our cutting edge AI powered solutions for integrated business planning. o9 was the AI partner and hosted a breakout session at the event which was attended by over 200+ senior executives from 150+ companies across multiple industries. The event was also attended by Sr Government officials like Mr Suresh Prabhu – Minister of Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation.
o9’s breakout session titled “Solving the FMCG & Pharma Supply Chain” was led by Anusha Sharma (India Managing Director?) who was joined on the panel by senior executives from Patanjali, Johnson & Johnson, Emami AgroTech & Price Waterhouse Coopers. In an engaging discussion, the panel provided insights into how latest technologies & algorithms are helping solve supply chain problems in the FMCG and Pharma industries faster than ever before.
Based on our interactions during the conference, we’re seeing significant increase in investments from leading Indian and multi-national companies in digital transformation and AI that can help drive 10X improvements in operational performance – which is really the area that o9 is focused on and has a differentiated cutting edge technology platform compared to other vendors that are using decades old technology.
Q: What is the case for digital transformation of planning and operations?
A: While o9 was conceived by founders Sanjiv Sidhu and Chakri Gottemukkala in 2009, the journey started much before. It started in the late 1980s when Sanjiv came out of the Artificial Intelligence labs of Texas Instruments and founded i2 along with Ken Sharma, a thought leader in constraint based planning. i2 pioneered game-changing planning and supply chain management software that drove billions in value for large manufacturers and retailers across all industry segments. When i2 was acquired in 2008, Sanjiv and Chakri, a key contributor in the i2 journey got together as they felt there was huge value to be delivered in making corporations more agile by helping management make faster, more intelligent decisions in the face of growing market complexity and speed. Furthermore, they saw that new advances in digital technologies make amazing things possible. And hence o9 was born, bringing some of the world’s best technologists and industry experts on the mission to create the most value generating enterprise software platform ever.
Q: What makes your solutions unique?
A: Our technology, our people and our value focused deployment approach – we have a tremendous amount of expertise in solving problems in integrated planning and operations that is driving our R&D roadmap. When you look at the current landscape of solution providers in this space, most of them are hampered by the legacy of old technology that they’re carrying, some of them from the 1980’s. We are built from the bottom up with the latest technology – such as graph-based enterprise modeling, big data and AI analytics, advanced algorithms for scenario planning, collaborative portals, easy-to-use interfaces and cloud-based delivery. Due to our technology advantage and our deep domain expertise, we’re seeing our deployments deliver twice the value in half the time that it takes our competitors– which is what’s drawing customers like Walmart, Bridgestone and Caterpillar to o9.
Q: What can we expect from o9 in the future?
A: We continue to invest heavily in Research & Development – we believe the latest advances in technology such as AI & Machine learning are providing an unparalleled opportunity for enterprises to gain 10X improvements in operations efficiencies. As we’ve demonstrated at many of our customers, there is a tremendous amount of enterprise value that can be unlocked by adopting these technologies and applying them to integrated planning and operations, allowing enterprises to make smarter decisions in real time.
Faster, more intelligent business decision making translates directly to better financial results, but it means much more. It means organizations are able to achieve their goals while using less of the earth’s precious resources. Also, great decision making processes drive more transparency, reduce organizational politics, empower people, increase productivity and that translates to inspired employees who are happy at work, and therefore happier at home and better contributors to society. We are on a mission to develop the best technology to aid organizations in this critical pursuit.