Adapt or Die: Disruption, Digitization and ‘Profound Flexibility’ Forcing Rapid Evolutionary Change in Business.
Industry-leading supply chain & antifragility expert on emerging disruptive technologies, Irfan Khan, reveals urgent measures surrounding building customer centric organizations, driving business transformation and turnaround growth strategies
The era of disruption and digitization is not only upon us, it’s persistently forcing evolutionary changes in the business landscape at an indiscriminately rapid pace. Those companies aptly positioned to adapt fast to fluid marketplace dynamics can survive, but forethought and proactive measures must be put in place to best assure that. A philosophy of “accepting no limits” and “embracing alternative thinking” must be engrained in a company’s culture to fundamentally change its paradigm for success.
This is according to, Irfan Khan, the innovation-driven President and CEO of Bristlecone (a subsidiary of the $19B Mahindra Group). Khan is a revered marketplace change agent known for building customer centric organizations, driving business transformation and leading and managing turnaround growth strategies in business-to-business environments. In fact, he doubled the Bristlecone revenue in just 3 years. He’s an industry pundit whose uniquely combined background in business leadership, strategic planning, field execution, people leadership, and customer-facing operations has allowed him to repeatedly transform, grow and optimize organizations—whether driving turnaround, building new lines of business, or creating foothold in new markets.
– Emerging Supply Chain Game Changers for 2018
– The Mission-Critical Importance of Antifragility (and How to Achieve It)
– 5 Reasons it’s a Network, Not a Pipeline
– 5 Paramount Problems Plaguing Supply Chains & How to Circumvent
– Why Supply Chain, Internet of Things, and Block Chain Technology will be the Backbone of Business Success in 2020 and Beyond
Rating Your Supply Chain: Evaluation Tools to Determine How You Measure Against The Competition
– Creating Transparency in Your Supply Chain
– Forecasting Future Disruptions: What’s Ahead?
– Benchmarking Disaster Preparedness: Ways to Protect Your Channels from Economic and Political Disruptions, Climate Change, and Other Unplanned Interference
– Next Gen Social Responsibility & Ethics: When Good Enough isn’t Good Enough
– 3 Keys for Effective Real-Time Responsiveness
– Are You Working With A Plumber or Innovator? How to Pick the Right Technology Partner to Grow Your Business
– 3 Strategies to Elevate Your Corporate Citizenship
– How a Corporate Foundation Can Maximize Social Impact and Influence ROI
Relative to the “Future Disruptions” topic above, here are example ideas Irfan can speak to of what “could” be with apt supply chain technology and antifragility measures:
– Imagine Starbucks offering free car ride to work in exchange for you being part of their monthly loyalty program where you get a cup of coffee and a bagel daily
– Imagine doctors being able to predict what diseases you are most likely to get and as a result helping you shape your diet and for pharmaceuticals this means knowing how much inventory of current drugs to create and what drugs to create in the future based of trend lines.
– Imagine Uber competing with FedEx by taking the free trunk space they have in the back of cars of Uber drivers and offering same day delivery service for packages.
MIT Partnership – Conference Announcement
Irfan’s company, Silicon Valley-based supply chain advisory firm Bristlecone, is a premier supply chain management solutions and services firm helping clients increase visibility and reduce operational costs. The company works in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) to formalize membership in the institute’s revered Industrial Liaison Program (“ILP”)—a program devoted to promoting collaboration and technology transfer between industry and academia for customer benefit. Under the agreement the ILP will provide Bristlecone facilitated access to MIT and its resources, including technology conferences, training, and potential collaborative research in new technologies. Bristlecone also recently held its third annual global conference “Pulse” at the historic MIT campus in Boston, which ran from October 25-27, 2017.
The event drew global leaders from Fortune 500 companies, analyst community and academia. This unique annual conference provides a platform for ground-breaking discussions around the changing landscape of technology in business, including issues surrounding supply chain, procurement and analytics.
Attendees of this year’s Bristlecone Pulse had a unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with high-level industry experts, analysts and academic thought leaders, including but not limited to Dr. Federico Casalegno, Director of MIT Mobile Experience Lab; David Simchi-Levi, Engineering Systems Professor; Michael Casey, Senior Advisor, Blockchain Research at MIT Media Lab; Dr. Abel Sanchez, Executive Director of the MIT Geospatial Data Center. Khan was among the revered speakers at the conference. Attendees benefitted from his specialized insights curated over his 20 years spearheading the profitable growth, competitiveness, and market leadership of emerging and mature businesses on a global scale.
About the Expert
Irfan Khan has an engrained reputation for revolutionizing supply chain and analytics with a focus on creating customer value and driving bottom-line results in the process as well as helping organizations build existing lines of business and launch new geographies and product lines. His decisive leadership and passion for generating value and growth has been a key factor in new market identification and strategic positioning. Having previously held leadership roles at Microsoft and Hughes Software, Ifran successfully led organizational changes and process improvement in markets across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
His company Bristlecone, a subsidiary of the $19B Mahindra group, is a premier supply chain advisory firm focused on enabling digitally connected and anti-fragile supply chains. It has been rated by leading industry analysts as one of the supply chain management firms consistently over the last decade, with a singular focus on successfully addressing customer’s Procurement, Supply Chain and Analytics challenges.
Headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, Bristlecone also has offices located across the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, Australia and India.