Supply Chain Education

By: Thomas Cutler

The International Supply Chain Education Alliance, conducts many workshops to improve the knowledge of Manufacturing and Service Industry professionals worldwide. ISCEA's mission is to be a single source for Total Supply Chain Knowledge through Education, Certification, and Recognition. ISCEA is the developer of internationally recognized certification programs of Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM), Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA), Certified Lean Master (CLM), and Certified RFID Master (RFIDSCM). ISCEA is the governing body for the Ptak Prize. 52,000 plus ISCEA members hold mid to upper supply chain management positions in Global 2000 companies.

The International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) launched a Software Implementation Division to Support ISCEA Member Companies Worldwide and announced a Global Implementation Partnership with Datacraft Solutions. ISCEA announced the creation of this new division to support the increased number of requests from ISCEA member companies for software selection and implementation assistance.

"It is time for us to have dedicated resources to take care of our member needs with regard to various system needs. With ISCEA as the implementations partner, our member companies will now be able to seamlessly integrate ISCEA teaching with day-to-day operations. We will be with our members throughout the process to assist with defining enterprise architecture, selecting software, project management, employee skill assessment, employee training, and continued fine tuning of the process," noted Dr. Charles A. Watts, Executive Director of Education at ISCEA.

ISCEA is in the process of selecting various software solutions to match various verticals of Supply Chain and confirmed that it has entered in to a Global Implementation Provider Partnership with Datacraft Solutions to Support LEAN initiatives at ISCEA member companies. Through this Global Implementation Provider Partnership, ISCEA Global resources will be available for Datacraft Solutions to implement their software Worldwide.

Datacraft Solutions enables forward-thinking manufacturers to increase the benefits of their Kanban replenishment management systems and further reduce non-value-added activities, on the plant floor and throughout the supply chain. Integrated Digital Kanban brings multi-site supply chains under control, cuts inventory in half, and links data across locations. "Datacraft Solutions fit very well with the LEAN body of knowledge in our Certified Lean Master (CLM) program," stated Mike Loughrin, Director of Lean Six Sigma Programs at ISCEA.

According to Datacraft Solutions' CEO Stephen Parker, "Our manufacturing and distribution clients recognize the same core values that ISCEA addresses every day through their exceptional supply chain education, certification, and recognition programs. We are honored to be working with this exceptional organization and realize that the solutions our technology brings to clients are only possible when awareness and education is in the marketplace."

Datacraft Solutions ( delivers a revolutionary digital kanban process of automation solutions to lean manufacturers through a secure Internet gateway, eliminating the need to install and maintain a complex IT infrastructure. The company has experienced significant growth in the past twelve months by eliminating complicated, expensive, time-intensive software implementations as well as extensive training regiments and the need for internal support. The Datacraft Solutions' replenishment supply chain digital kanban lean system allows customers access and fully utilize powerful lean benefits immediately for a low, predictable monthly fee; services are scalable so manufacturers can design an appropriate solution.

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