Big Data is driving a Supply Chain Management Revolution

January 23, 2018
6:00 PM EST - 8:30 PM EST

100 St.Clair
Detroit, MI 48214
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Owing to the rampant need for analytics and big data management, supply chain managers are facing big-time challenges. And with the growing number of supplier networks going beyond their four walls and using big data and cloud-based technologies, forward-thinking manufacturers cannot be ignored. Especially for a manufacturer whose business model is based on rapid productions of goods and speeding them into sales, the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems is indeed a bottleneck. 

ISM Southeast Michigan will host its next Signature event January 23, 2018, from 6:00PM - 8:30PM.   Event details are as follows:


  • 6:00PM - 6:30PM  -  Appetizers and Networking 
  • 6:30PM - 6:45PM  -  Installation of 2018 ISM SEM Board 
  • 6:45PM - 7:45PM  -  Panel Discussion 
  • 7:45PM - 8:30PM  -  Desserts and Networking


Our panelists will share perspectives on the impact big data is having on supply chain management, and where the technology will be taking us tomorrow.  Panelists include:

Moderator/Panelist: Grace (Haiyan) Zacharek is currently managing $20 Billion DuPont Sourcing & Logistics’ spend data analysis and supply market intelligence research effort to support the organization’s strategic initiatives and daily operations. She has co-chaired the DuPont Supplier Relationship Management program and is an active Advisory Council member for the corporate Small Business/Supplier Diversity program. Prior to joining DuPont, Grace was the Director of TE Connectivity (Tyco Electronics) Asia International Purchasing Office in Shanghai where she led the team transformation and partnered with the global business units to achieve $28 Million direct material and tooling savings within 12 months. She has successfully led negotiations encompassing several high-profile M&A projects in the region. Throughout her career Grace has worked in matrix organizations as well as founding several start-ups specializing in Supply Chain/Procurement Risk Management and Low-cost Country Sourcing. She held various leadership positions in Procurement, Supplier Quality, Business Development/Sales and Operations in a variety of industries including automotive, consumer electronics, healthcare and manufacturing. Grace was nominated as an Alumni Council member for the Mike Ilitch School of Business as well as an Industry Advisory Council member for the 2017-19 Data Science and Business Analytics Master Program at Wayne State University.   Grace completed her M.B.A. at Wayne State University and received her M.D. degree from Tongji Medical University (China). 

Panelist: Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam is currently a Professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department at Wayne State University and an expert in Big Data & Business Analytics. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at North Dakota State University from 1994 to 2000. He is the author of 150+ technical publications on business analytics, big data, supply chain management and many related topics. He is currently the Associate Editor for well-known journals like the International Journal of Modeling and Simulation and carried out collaborative researches for companies like Ford Motor, General Dynamics, etc.. He has consulted for companies such as Chrysler, Sirius Satellite Radio, Energy Conversion Devices, etc.  He is awarded the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and is a Founding Director of the Big Data & Business Analytics Group. He has the Global Executive PhD Track (the first such engineering PhD program in the U.S) and the novel Data Science & Business Analytics MS Degree at WSU. He also leads the Business Analytics Spoke for the NSF's Midwest Big Data Hub. Many of his students have won a number of best paper awards from national and international conferences, journals, and professional societies. Dr. Chinnam received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology of Mangalore University (India) in 1988 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University (U.S.A.) in 1990 and 1994, respectively. 

Panelist: Dr. Daniel Reaume is a leader in the Advanced Analytics organization of the Dow Chemical Company. In this role, he helps drive the corporation's advanced analytics strategy and the implementation of advanced analytics initiatives. His recent efforts include projects in the sales, marketing, risk management, compliance, and supply chain areas, with a focus on Big Data. Prior to joining Dow Corning, Dr. Reaume spent 18 years with General Motors, where he was honored three times with GM's highest award for technical accomplishment for his work improving profits by several billion dollars. Most recently, he led GM's Senior Leadership Technical Council charged with driving innovation in the corporation. Dr. Reaume earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering where he was a Rackham fellow and NSERC 1967 fellow.  He also holds graduate degrees in law and management and is a licensed professional engineer and attorney.


  1. Why big data analysis is so important in today’s business environment?

  2. What are the common big data tools we use these days? 

  3. How to apply big data analysis in complex product content and (configuration) assortment issues during OEM early product planning stage, to improve overall program profitability and sustainability.

  4. Examples of exploring upstream supply chain information (from design, testing, manufacturing, assembly, and other facilities) to detect early reliability and warranty issues. This is different from traditional practice that mostly relies on claims to detect issues.

  5. How to harvest massive data in neural networks to predict a customer’s buying patterns to ensure adequate raw materials, production capacity, and logistics capacity, or when to pre-produce and position appropriate products in order to decrease lead times using minimal working capital.       

Register now for this soon to be sold out event!


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$35.00 Guests

$35.00 Students