Founder and Partner, Blossom Capital
LLamasoft’s supply-chain design software helps organisations worldwide design and improve their operations across a range of industries. In fact, 23 of Gartner’s top 25 supply chains use its platforms.
Slimane Allab worked for JDA Software (now Blue Yonder) for 10 years before joining Llamasoft. He has said that he intends for LLamasoft to deliver $6.5 billion of value to its EMEA customers by 2025.
"For many years now, efficiency and cost reduction have been the aim of the game in the supply chain,” Allab tells Business Insider. “Businesses naturally have been keen to consolidate, specialise and cut costs where they can to achieve maximum profit. Supply chain became another silo in the organisation. However, COVID-19 has set the supply chain in a new direction: one where the focus has shifted to agility, resilience, and both internal and external collaboration.”
While this change in direction might increase costs, it will also increase the reliability of the supply chain and, in turn, the business. It’s a cross-functional trade-off between being an organisation that customers can depend on when times are easy, to one that can be relied upon when times are tough and disruptions rife.
"For me, the latter is key to success,” Allab says. "To do what is right for the business, you have to start with what is right for the customer. Looking forward, the industry needs to focus on helping its customers achieve this agility and resilience and also embrace clear sustainability strategies and objectives, such as becoming net zero in the 2030-50 timeframe.”