May 19, 2020

Make your supply chain resilient with Sense.ai

supply chain
Artificial Intelligence
insights
Sponsored Content
Bristlecone
3 min
Make your supply chain resilient with Sense.ai

Managing risk is an important component to any supply chain. Conquer unforeseen events and capitalise on actionable insights with Sense.ai.

Natural disasters, climate change, Brexit, oil price fluctuations... your supply chain is constantly under threat by external events that threaten to derail your profits and your operations, with 85% of surveyed global supply chains experiencing at least one disruption in the past 12 months. 

It is estimated that in result of the US-China trade war there was a loss of output of $45bn, with the cost of natural disasters borne by the US in 2019 of $91bn. In 2020, efficiently monitoring and mitigating supply chain risk should be your priority in order to both protect and grow your business. Being proactive will make the difference in allowing you to negotiate smoothly and limit disruptions.

In a bid to combat that threat, Bristlecone Labs has developed Sense.ai to conquer unforeseen risk and capitalise on actionable insights. Sense.ai is a smart supply chain app that can be your personal risk radar. Configure Sense.ai to your supply chain network to see which global events are impacting your supply nodes. Sense.ai allows supply chains to become more resilient through proactive and prompt risk and opportunity management. It also provides end-to-end visibility of the entire supply chain risks. It is Bristlecone’s flagship SaaS application that monitors events, quantifies their impact and proactively recommends a response to mitigate supply chain risks.

The benefits and business value include:

  • Proactive and prompt risk and opportunity management

  • Quantification of risk assessment on key supply chain metrics

  • Connects the dots of unstructured data and gives the user an easy to comprehend picture

  • Provides actionable recommendations

  • End to end visibility of the entire SC ecosystem

  • Aids prioritization and mobilization of resources on an SC disruption

Try it now and identify imminent risks to your supply chain network. Upload your test data and get your risk assessment within minutes.

To sign up for the free trial, click here!

Following sign up, customers will be provided with a holistic view of multiple events happening globally or narrow it down to your choice of event category or industry. There will also be daily alerts to mitigate severe supply chain risks by taking timely action to prevent business loss. In addition, you can also compare historic data to draw correlations to the current event and assess the overall impact.

To sign up for the free trial, click here!

Bristlecone NEO® Sense.ai is a cloud based Early Warning Intelligence Product. It allows supply chain professionals to sense, adapt and capitalize on dynamic real world conditions by bringing external disruptions to the fore. With Sense.ai you can take informed mitigation actions for your supply chain before risks manifest into losses. 

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Jun 12, 2021

How changing your company's software code can prevent bias

Deltek
diversity
softwarecode
inclusivity
Lisa Roberts, Senior Director ...
3 min
Removing biased terminology from software can help organisations create a more inclusive culture, argues Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR at Deltek

Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day. 

Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at  and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization. 

Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.

Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?  

We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization

What impact can exclusive terms have on employees? 

Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.    

Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code

Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!

What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?

What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.

What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology? 

My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve. 

 

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