Above the Noise - Edition 11

Transforming Supply Chains with AI and Snowflake: My Journey and Insights

John Harmann

John Harmann
Evolution Analytics, LLC.

Posted: February 19, 2024

Navigating the dynamic landscape of supply chain management has always been a passion of mine. As a principal at Evolution Analytics, I’ve had the privilege of helping many organizations revolutionize their supply chain operations through insights. This journey is deeply personal to me, stemming from my early career in Supply Chain consulting and my lifelong passion for data, which started with a Computer Science degree from DePauw University in Indiana and continued with a Data Science Degree from DePaul University in Chicago. The Midwest’s role as a vital logistics hub of the U.S. has always resonated with me, highlighting the critical role of efficient supply chain systems in today’s economy.

Creating a Modern Analytics Environment for Your Supply Chain

At Evolution Analytics, we recognize the challenges organizations face in optimizing their supply chains. The key to unlocking their full potential lies in creating a modern analytics environment, one that seamlessly integrates Artificial Intelligence (AI) and leverages the power of Snowflake, the cloud data platform.

Previously, complex initiatives like establishing a Supply Chain Control Tower—a system that provides a centralized, real-time overview of all supply chain operations—were lengthy and challenging, often taking a year or more due to the extensive data integration involved. However, the advent of Snowflake has revolutionized this process. Its robust ecosystem of connectors and integrations has expedited these once-time-consuming integrations, turning them into sources of business value achievable within months. This rapid progression allows us to shift our focus from technical data integration to strategic areas like Last Mile Delivery, Network Optimization, Transportation Management, Warehouse Management, and Order Management. Our broader attention now encompasses Supply Chain Strategy, fundamentally altering the way businesses operate and strategize.

Snowflake and AI in Practice: A Real-World Use Case

We recently tackled a significant challenge for a leading U.S distributor, grappling with inefficiencies due to their rapid growth and acquisition of multiple companies. This growth led to a mix of disjointed systems and processes, hindering efficient product shipment, and lacking a cohesive analytics strategy.

Our solution harnessed the integrative power of Snowflake, bypassing the cumbersome integration processes typical of legacy systems. This approach rapidly consolidated diverse data from the company’s various acquisitions. By leveraging Snowflake’s capabilities, we were able to quickly pivot our focus towards operational improvements in Last Mile Delivery and Network Optimization. The result was not just a unified analytics platform but a strategic shift in managing business operations, showcasing the transformative potential of AI and Snowflake in supply chain management.


Embracing AI and Snowflake in your supply chain doesn’t just mean keeping up with technological advancements; it’s about redefining the way you operate in a fast-paced, ever-changing global market. It’s a journey I am deeply passionate about, and at Evolution Analytics, we are committed to guiding you every step of the way.

Adopting Snowflake is more than just an upgrade; it’s a strategic shift from enduring lengthy data integrations of legacy systems to achieving rapid, actionable business insights. This transformation allows us to focus on critical aspects of supply chain management such as Transportation and Warehouse Management and empowers us to engage in deeper Supply Chain Strategy. Our role at Evolution Analytics goes beyond implementation; we facilitate a significant change in how your business operates and competes in the market.

Evolution Analytics is proud to be a distinguished Snowflake Partner.

About John Harmann

With 25 years as an analytics strategist, I serve as a principal at Evolution Analytics, where I lead transformative projects that align strategies with C-suite objectives, navigating companies through the intricacies of digital transformation. Visit https://www.evolutionanalytics.com for more information. Or feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnharmann/