No kidding. Number One?
I have met their Supply Management executive team in Dallas, and will certainly say they have some the smartest people in each of their areas working there — the average qualification was two PHDs and an MBA followed by 15 years of industry experience.
Except, ofcourse, that the smartest of that executive team was a high-school dropout, and razor-sharp in doing large-scale supply-management calculations.
It was a privilege having worked with them.
Still… number one? They must have put in major system support to surpass Dell and Walmart’s supply network.
Addendum: To give you an idea about why Nokia pushes itself on value-chain innovation, their philosophy for working with consultants is (paraphrased)
‘Dont give us best practices, because that simply means everyone else is already also implementing that — work with us to help us create better practices than everyone else’.
That on one side, and Pakistani’s companies approaches to consulting on the other (two examples below) — then we wonder why this industry can make people frustrated enough to leave the country.
Judge for yourself — what would you think about this industry as a foreign-educated foreign-experience consultant after hearing any of these:
“But as a consultant you’re just going to make recommendations on a piece of paper, and bill me an insane amount — I could hire 4 cheap workers on the same amount who could actually code for me!”
“You know — if you guys have any consultant who is a ‘gora’ from abroad — who looks very foregin you know — we will LOVE to work with him… Otherwise you know it should be a very cheap engagement, we dont spend that much money”