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EY and Kinaxis alliance modernises supply chain

Steve Rogerson
January 22, 2019
Ernst & Young and Kinaxis are forming an alliance to modernise their common clients' end-to-end supply chain capabilities and drive broader digital transformation.
Under this alliance, UK-based EY and Canadian firm Kinaxis will help clients achieve supply chain efficiencies by adopting a concurrent planning approach that connects people, process and data to offer faster and better decision-making.
"Companies with complex supply chains face considerable planning challenges in the form of demand volatility, market uncertainty and unprecedented levels of change," said Glenn Steinberg, EY Americas leader for supply chain and operations. "Supply chains must meet customer service levels at the lowest cost and with the highest operational efficiencies, in ways that are agile, flexible and efficient. We are committed to working together to provide advanced digital solutions that help clients align markets, supply chain, operations and finance, and serve their customers with excellence."
The agreement is designed to address challenges in supply chains and help achieve supply chain excellence. The alliance combines the EY experience in supply chain and operations consulting, digital transformation and intelligent automation with the Kinaxis supply chain planning platform, including augmented intelligence and machine-learning capabilities.
"This is a truly exciting time to be a supply chain practitioner," said Jolyon Austin, EY supply chain transformation leader. “We are seeing the greatest wave of transformation ever in the supply chain planning area, and we are working with EY clients to help them capitalise on the latest trends. Through our relationship with Kinaxis, we are able to offer our clients an expanded, market-leading approach that will help revolutionise the way they operate."
Kinaxis helps organisations with supply chain planning. Its RapidResponse cloud-based supply chain management software connects data, processes and people into a single harmonious environment. With a consolidated view of the entire supply chain, users can plan expected performance, monitor progress and respond to disconnects.
"The complexity and continuing evolution of supply chain planning require experienced change management, process re-engineering, data integration and implementation capabilities," said Paul Carreiro, chief revenue officer at Kinaxis. "The integrated and collaborative EY approach to serving their clients aligns with our philosophy and our capabilities to help achieve a consolidated view of the entire supply chain so that clients can plan expected performance, monitor progress and respond to disconnects. Combined, this creates a strong foundation for our alliance, and we look forward to working with EY as we help customers move through their digital supply chain journey."