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SDI Announces Corporate Sponsorship at PSU

9/16/2014

Bristol, PA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

SDI, the leading provider of Enterprise MRO Supply Chain Management Services in North America, is delighted to announce a comprehensive research and education partnership with Penn State through sponsorship of the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) at Smeal College of Business.

In the rapidly changing world of supply chain management, it is important for business leaders to maintain a competitive edge. CSCR is one of the premier research centers in business logistics and supply chain management and currently partners with more than 50 sponsor organizations from a variety of industries.

The sponsorship is part of SDI’s ongoing commitment to change perspectives on Maintenance, Repair and Operations and transform it into a supply chain that enables efficient manufacturing and core business processes.

Jim Owens, SVP of Business Development at SDI explained, “Because MRO is such a diffuse endeavor and touches every part of the enterprise, it’s difficult to get your arms around it. What we’re starting to see is that a more connected approach to MRO provides the infrastructure and tools to better enable overall operating effectiveness. This partnership with Penn State’s Center for Supply Chain Research will really help us uncover how to put it all together in a way that provides impactful and sustainable operational improvements.”
SDI will actively participate in CSRC advisory meetings to review plans and stay up-to-date on research programs as well as network with fellow corporate sponsors, faculty and students to share best practices and workshop common issues facing the industry.

Steve Tracey, Executive Director at CSCR, said, “We are thrilled to be working with SDI. There is strong alignment between our two organizations’ commitments to promoting and sharing best practices as well as elevating the conversation about indirect spend and how important it is in the supply chain.”

SDI will continue to connect with leading supply chain professionals and academics to discuss business challenges that organizations must address to remain competitive. Early this month, the company was pleased to be a participant in the Fall 2014 Supply Chain Leaders Forum. These forums, held twice a year are uniquely formatted to drive purposeful discussion and seek commonalities in business practices. The theme at the fall event was Supply Chain Visibility and Alignment, a key concern addressed by SDI’s Enterprise MRO solution.

Last week, SDI was excited to recruit at Penn State’s Supply Chain Career Fair, part of a series of targeted career fairs at Penn State’s University Park campus. With over 700 students and 110 industry professionals, the three-day Supply Chain Career Fair that kicked off the events starting on Tuesday, Sept. 9, further supported SDI’s focus to provide the highest quality people, processes and technology to manage MRO to a level that is unmatched in the industry.

About SDI
At SDI, we specialize in re-engineering the business process for MRO.
We sit side-by-side with our clients to gain a complete understanding of the issues and needs across their entire organization, giving our clients greater control over MRO to lower the total cost of ownership, improve operating efficiencies and increase productivity.

SDI focuses on re-designing the process as a whole in order to achieve the greatest possible benefits to the client’s organization and its customers. This drive for realizing dramatic improvements by fundamentally re-thinking the MRO process helps businesses optimize the performance of their supply chain and meet strategic goals. SDI provides the hands-on expertise, technology and processes to fulfill these enterprise-wide demands.

About CSCR
In 1989, as the logistics profession was just gaining prominence, Penn State founded the Center for Logistics Research to serve the needs of this growing community. Today, The Center for Supply Chain Research is member strong and intellectually active in all facets of supply chain management and the enabling technologies used for collaboration, visibility and integration.

The center is built on a foundation of supply chain excellence at Smeal -- the Supply Chain and Information Systems department includes more than 45 standing research faculty and over 600 undergraduate and graduate students.

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SDI is an MRO integrator and partner that really helps drive categorization and a best practice approach.

SDI at Work

In the third post in this series on MRO As-a-Service by Spend Matters, Pierre Mitchell and Michael Lamoureux talk about how managing MRO as a process delivers benefits from efficiency to effectiveness and beyond to an evolutionary phase. The next generation of value, MRO-as-a-Service, helps organizations build intelligent, agile, scalable and integrated supply chains (direct and indirect).

The project team has worked its way through Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve. It’s time to begin the Control phase. The key stakeholders gather to evaluate the solution as implemented and create a plan to sustain the improvements. The goal is to standardize the improved processes, establish an audit schedule and schedule periodic follow-up to identify additional opportunities for improvement.