ASCI Announces an Extensive Range of Self-Paced Learning Options
In collaboration with its training partners, ASCI has launched an extensive range of self-paced learning options. These courses let you study at your own pace. You don't need to complete any of these in one sitting; you can return to the material as often as you need to. “Supply chain constantly evolves. Supply chain professionals need to continuously learn to keep up with the rapid pace of change. ASCI Self-Paced Learning options would help our members become operationally competent in a shorter space of time”, Dr Pieter Nagel said.
Self-Paced Learning Options
Supply Chain Management
ASCM Supply Chain Planning Certificate
Procurement / Supply Management
Logistics and Logistics Management
The ASCI Board has approved new, substantially enhanced benefits to its Corporate Membership Packages.
With the significant impact of the pandemic on global trade, the supply chain and its contribution to overall business efficiency and competitiveness have become a high priority for organisations.
Training requirements in the supply chain have increased. Therefore, the new packages will allow our corporate members to pursue a common goal based on our mutual commitment to the professionalisation of supply chain management.
“The challenges organisations experienced in their supply chains over the last years due to the pandemic has highlighted the requirement to develop their supply chain staff. ASCI recognises this fact, and we are fully positioned to support the industry with a wide range of professional development opportunities across the supply chain. Our new Corporate Membership packages allow organisations to train, upskill and re-skill more people cost-effectively.” Dr Pieter Nagel, COO of ASCI said.
The new Corporate Membership packages offer increased numbers of team member allocations to your membership package with unlimited team member allocations to Gold Corporate Memberships. Organisations can now cost-effectively train, upskill and re-skill more people. Companies can now leverage this opportunity to nominate the whole team and other organisation members to the Corporate Membership of ASCI and benefit from the vast range of Continued Professional Development offerings that ASCI offers its members.
In addition to showing support to employees, encouraging their professional development, and enabling the growth of your organisation, ASCI Corporate Memberships also provide organisations with significant opportunities to build their brand amongst the ASCI community, participate in ASCI’s Thought Leadership Program and the ASCI Supply Chain Insights Series.
In this context, organisations will also have the unique opportunity to contribute to creating and delivering content such as webinars, blog posts, and research findings, thereby further enhancing their brand awareness amongst the ASCI community.
Click here for full details of new corporate membership packages.
ASCI has launched its first online, on-demand module addressing Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain which is offered in partnership with Unchained Solutions.
Ama Aidoo-Sam, Chair of the ASCI Ethics Committee, said, “I am excited, after considerable effort, to finally see the release of this e-learning module in modern slavery. I hope it will be the first of many offerings addressing ethical matters in the supply chain. The introduction of e-learning modules in supply chain ethics aligns with the ASCI ethics committee’s focus on offering ethics-related content and access to relevant training in this vital aspect of the supply chain.”
This module, “Engaging with the issue of Modern Slavery”, addresses a critical part of the ethical considerations in the supply chain and will engage your team with a solid understanding of the issue of modern slavery, what the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) is all about, and how it impacts Australian-based organisations. It will also address the impact of Covid-19 on global supply chains and raise consumer awareness of this topic.
Dr Pieter Nagel, COO of ASCI, explained, “Our mission is to be the professional accreditation body for supply chain management in this region. A key component in pursuing our mission is to partner with leading service providers of research and professional development programs. We aim to offer the most relevant content to our members.”
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Future modules will cover topics such as responsible sourcing and purchasing, equipping procurement professionals to identify and manage modern slavery risks, developing policies to manage and monitor modern slavery risks and measuring the effectiveness of actions taken to address modern slavery.
This series will consist of six modules. They are video based with one or two sections that give people time to read and reflect. Each module is about 30 minutes long and is accessible 90 days after signing up. Learners will be issued a certificate after the successful completion of each module.
Click here for more information: ASCI Learning
About Unchained Solutions
Unchained Solutions Pty Ltd is a professional services firm that inspires Australian organisations to be leaders in impacting modern slavery. Through a partnership with ASCI, Unchained Solutions provides training products in the form of six e-learning modules to raise awareness of current slavery risks across the supply chain and equip professionals to address those risks.
The Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Fox and Nirmani Amerasinghe as our new Directors from 7th August 2022. Allison will also serve as the Treasurer for the organisation.
“We are delighted to appoint Allison and Nirmani as Directors. Their experience across supply chain, commercial operations, quality management and customer experience transformation will bring great strength to our organisation. It is exciting for ASCI as we focus on delivering great member experience.” Dr Tom Janoshalmi, Chair of the ASCI Board said.
As Directors, Allison and Nirmani will provide leadership to our initiatives to drive excellence in customer experience and offering professional recognition and development opportunities to its member community.
Allison Fox has been a member of the Boston Scientific Australia and New Zealand Senior Leadership team for more than 4 years as Director, Supply Chain and Commercial Operations ANZ where she was responsible for developing a high-performing team, building trusted partnerships with the commercial teams and operational improvements, capability and scale across supply chain, capital equipment and technical services, customer care and salesforce.com. Allison was recently appointed to Director APAC Project Management, joining the APAC Regional Leadership team at Boston Scientific where will she lead a team of project managers enabling acceleration, and providing governance and transparency on regional strategic projects. Before joining Boston Scientific, Allison was Director of Business Operations at the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), where her responsibilities included Company Secretary, Board Secretary, strategic planning, and membership engagement. Allison has also held senior roles at Varian Medical Systems and BOC South Pacific. Allison holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Nirmani Amerasinghe has over 9 years of experience in quality management and continuous improvement for end-to-end Customer Experience Transformational projects. She has worked closely in the past three years on Supply Chain Customer Experience Transformations and is a strong advocate of agile and lean principles. Nirmani is currently the director of customer experience for the pacific zone for Schneider Electric looking after front-end and supply chain CX transformations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Commerce and has done multiple leadership programmes with INSEAD and is a lean six sigma black belt practitioner. She is particularly interested in the development and deployment of process / service optimization projects using lean six sigma, data analysis, design thinking, customer journey mapping and agile principles to deliver excellent customer and service experience across organisations.
“The expansion of the ASCI Board is an indication of the ASCI’s commitment to serve and grow its member community and corporate partners over the coming years. We look forward to working with Allison and Nirmani to further strengthen ASCI position as a respected professional industry body and drive engagement with its members and corporate partners.” Dr Pieter Nagel, Chief Operating Officer of ASCI said.
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The ASCI Board has announced the appointment of Dr Pieter Nagel as the ASCI's Chief Operating Officer (COO). The new leadership role is focussed on driving excellence in customer experience and offering professional recognition and development opportunities to its member community.
“Dr Nagel’s appointment brings a wealth of experience to ASCI’s operations and supports our goal of becoming the first organisation to offer a supply chain-related professional accreditation scheme. The Board is confident that Dr Nagel will be able to realise the operational excellence that ASCI requires to reach its next level of success.” Dr Tom Janoshalmi, Chair of the ASCI Board said.
Dr Pieter Nagel is a highly qualified Logistics, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management professional with more than three decades of commercial, industrial, and academic experience within diverse industries, as well as government and education sectors in Asia Pacific, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. Dr Nagel has been instrumental in developing and implementing the ASCI Professional Accreditation Scheme, which aims to provide professional recognition to individuals.
“I am excited to strengthen ASCI’s position as a respected industry body in the supply chain domain and to offer a range of professional development opportunities and work with ASCI community including individual members and corporate partners.” Dr Nagel said.
The ASCI Board looks forward to a continued partnership with Dr Nagel.
ASCI's last newsletter for 2022 is now out!
Our last newsletter for the year shares ASCI's news - read it now!
by Gary Pearce, ASCI ACT Chapter President and ASCI ILS College Secretary
This article is Part B of a 3 part series. Read Part A now.
What is ILS - Part A introduced the ILS Elements, as illustrated right with the through-life support disciplines relationship. The ILS Elements include all those functions and resources necessary to ensure that each Mission System can be, and contribute to be, effectively supported while in service. These can be seen from the following functions and descriptions. ILS activities associated with the elements are based on considerations, identification, processes, and not on physical day-to-day services.
The ILS Elements are briefly as:
Key Core Through-Life Support Disciplines that support/assist ILS Decisions:
In addition, ILS interfaces with:
In summary ILS Management is the process of planning, directing, controlling, coordinating and monitoring. ILS activities include consideration connected with the ILS/Supported Elements, to maintain ILS integration objectives. ILS activities including considerations associated with ILS.Support Elements ensure ISL integration objectives are achieved.
In the next article there will be continuing ILS theme howe currently throughout the world in particular Europe and USA, IPS is replacing ILS through the S-Series Specification process, changing of the guard which isn't a huge change. What is IPS, see the next article Part C coming soon.
ASCI Professional Accreditation Scheme
ASCI provide individuals with professional acknowledgement and recognition of competence through registration under the scheme. Registration under this scheme provides professional recognition of competence through the confirmation and acknowledgement to the individual and by implication, to the industry, of his/her career achievements against an industry accepted, globally aligned set of standards, on par with other professional disciplines in industry.
Gary Pearce is a retired ILS Practitioner with over 20 years direct ILS experience, and 50 years Defence and Defence Industry experience. He holds a Masters in Management Studies-Logistics (UNSW) and Master of Project Management (USQ). He also has accreditation as a Registered Practitioner ILS (ASCI), Certified Professional Logistician (Transport & Logistics Certification Council) and Certified Associate in Asset Management (Asset Management Council). In addition, he has an Associate Diploma in Engineering (Maintenance)-Electronics (ADF). Gary is currently the ASCI ILS College Secretary and ASCI ACT Chapter President. Previously he was a SCLAA Director and SCLAA ACT Division President.
This article is part A of a 3 part series.
Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) has introduced a fourth stream in their supply chain program, that being Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) along with the other three streams, Procurement, Operations and Logistics. The question, what is ILS? There are many descriptions that can answer that, which all are relatable, one definition I like is:
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) is the management and technical process through which supportability and logistic support considerations are integrated into the design of a system or equipment and taken into account throughout its life cycle. It is the process by which all elements of logistic support are planned, acquired, tested, and provided in a timely and cost-effective manner.
ASCI ILS College has a definition:
Integrated Logistics/Product Support is a set of related disciplines focused on the cost-effective; definition, design, development, delivery, and ongoing operation of a harmonised Support System to specified Products or Product Families.
What is the origin of ILS? ILS was developed in response to the realisation that United States (US) Defense acquisition programs were often producing complex Materiel Systems that were unreliable, poorly supported and costly throughout their life cycle. This situation was exacerbated by the increasing cost of in-service support for such systems, with costs rising significantly as a proportion of total acquisition costs.
ILS originated in the 1960s in the US Department of Defense (US DoD) that identified deficiencies in its ability to support military hardware, particularly at a cost affordable to Congress. The need for an integrated approach to logistic support, involving production and through life support, hence Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) was introduced, also called military logistics. The US DoD saw that without an integrated approach, they were producing ineffective and inefficient support solutions.
The Australian Defence Organisation adapted ILS during the 1970’s to have applicability during the In-Service Phase (and Disposal Phase) in the recognition that an integrated approach to monitoring and modifying Supportability for the Materiel System will ensure that the best balance between LCC and operational and preparedness requirements continues to be maintained.
ILS should be applied to ensure that supportability considerations influence the concept and design of an item and to ensure that logistic support arrangements are consistent with the design and each other throughout the item’s life.
The successful application of ILS will result in a number of customer and supplier benefits. For the customer, these can include increased satisfaction, lower logistic support costs, greater availability and lower life cycle costs. For the supplier, benefits can include lower logistic support costs, a better and more saleable item with fewer item modifications due to supportability deficiencies.
My experience in ILS is largely in Defence, therefore this article Defence centric. Can ILS be used in non-Defence environments, of course it can, industry and organisations have fleets of trucks, vehicles, forklifts, buses, trains, aircraft ferries, plus machinery, manufacturing facilities, information and communications technology (ICT), infrastructure, etc, just to mention a few.
By using the processes, principles and functions of ILS, non-Defence companies can achieve the same benefits, that is efficiencies and effectiveness over the life of their equipment/systems. Where Defence gets real benefit from ILS, which includes technical integrity, is capability support over its life, referred as life of type, which can be in-service from 10 years up to 40 years.
Imagine what could occur if a forklift or an ICT was kept in-service for up to 40 years without recognised/proper processes, sounds frightening doesn’t it. Later in a follow-up article a term called Integrated Product Support (IPS) will briefly be discussed, and how it is replacing ILS, to the point IPS fundamentally has the same functions and processes.
ILS should ensure that:
Elements of ILS
The management framework of ILS is divided into key elements known as ILS Elements or Support Elements. Throughout the world the number of these elements vary, however in reality they all have a strong relationship, countries such as the USA and UK have variants of the elements. As an example, the ADF has ten key elements, shown in the figure below, which are those factors to ensure materiel can be supported whilst in service.
The individual elements contain a number of specific responsibilities within the acquisition and sustainment environment. It should be noted that each element has a strong association with other elements, and are ineffective on their own hence the word ‘Integrated’.
In the early 2000’s the ADF’s acquisition and sustainment organisation, known then as the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), today the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) introduced a variant of the ILS Elements referred to as the five Support System Constituent Capabilities (SSCC), which are overlaid in the above figure.
The reasoning behind this was the prime focus on the Materiel System. The Materiel System is a composite of equipment, skills and techniques capable of performing or supporting an operational role, or both and is the combination of the Mission System and the Support System.
The ILS Elements of Engineering Support, Maintenance Support, Supply Support, and Training Support map directly into the SSCC’s having the same names and functions. The other six ILS Elements are ‘product-based’ support elements, also referred as resource/enabler elements, map into each of the SSCC’s because these product elements are integral to the ability of each SSCC to perform its function and deliver services.
The fifth SSCC, Operating Support, delivers services for the operation of the Mission System, or directly enables the Mission System to be operated in its intended role. Although Operating Support is an SSCC, it is not an ILS/Support Element because it does not have a logistic outcome; rather, it has an operational outcome.
The ILS Elements include all those functions and resources necessary to ensure that each Mission System can be, and contribute to be, effectively supported while in service. These can be seen from the following functions and descriptions. ILS activities associated with the elements are based on considerations, identification, processes, and not on physical day-to-day services.
To be continued...Part B and Part C to be released as a series.
Dr Tom Janoshalmi, ASCI President
Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, ASCI recently held their annual conference #ChainAction, ASCI 2022 Supply Management Conference appropriately themed Supply Chain Sustainability, in early April over four consecutive mornings in an online format.
11 March 2022
Following a two-year hiatus, #ChainAction, ASCI 2022 Supply Chain Management Conference is refreshed and will be held from 5 – 8 April 2022, in an online format, themed Supply Chain Sustainability.
Over the last few years, particularly with the impact of COVID-19 on the global economic market, businesses have been focusing more on their supply chains. They have realised the integral role their supply chain plays within their business operations and sustainability. There is now a stronger focus on an organisation’s dependence on sustainable and resilient supply chains, particularly as businesses are back operating and evolving.
ASCI’s conference, in its third year as the largest gathering of supply chain managers, leaders, and practitioners in Australia, will provide insights into key trends and considerations regarding Supply Chain Sustainability.
ASCI President Dr Tom Janoshalmi said the conference theme and program has been refreshed addressing the main challenge the sector has faced over the last few years with the pandemic.
“ASCI is pleased to bring our highly anticipated and valued annual conference back to the supply chain sector. The comprehensive conference program includes national and international speakers, providing relevant and valuable content across four key topics: Supply Chain Ethics, Supply Chain Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Technology”, said Dr Janoshalmi.
The conference theme carries through from daily key note addresses to the information sessions and the panel discussions addressing a wide range of topics from ethical considerations to the application of modern technology towards supply chain sustainability.
Dr Pieter Nagel, Director of ASCI Professional Accreditation Scheme said ASCI’s Professional Development Colleges will also play a significant role in the conference.
“The Operational Streams within the conference program include invited speakers’ information sessions and panel discussions which will be Chaired by the College’s Presidents for each operational stream: Procurement/Supply Management, Operations Management, Logistics Management, Integrated Logistics Support/Product Support. In addition, ASCI members can also gain 20 continuous professional development points (CPD) towards their registration under ASCI’s Professional Accreditation Scheme”, said Dr Nagel.
Tickets are on sale now, with access to recorded sessions for ASCI members to accommodate people’s busy diaries. Full conference details and program can be found on ASCI’s website.
Program details and purchase tickets - www.asci.org.au/event-4723915
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