CISCOM through the Decades

In 2004, the first version of CISCOM was developed as The Supply Chain Primer, in response to the need for a dynamic and engaging training program in supply chain management. We are proud to see that CISCOM has met the expectation, which is evidenced by the fact that it is the only training program in supply chain management accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a global mark of distinction.
Today, CISCOM training is accessible globally through the instructor-led online course, and also delivered locally through BRASI Affiliates. It is estimated that the demand for supply chain and operations management training will increase with time. CISCOM is poised to meet this requirement, and we will continue to serve the emerging needs of the businesses and professionals in the years to come.

CISCOM is the only training program on the subject accredited by the American National Standards Institute, USA.

BRASI is an ANSI-accredited Certificate Issuer

CISCOM – Professional Credential attend the instructor-led training from your own location

CISCOM training is offered online from our US location for global participants and in-class at our Affiliate locations. The training comprises a total of 50 hours, including instructor-led training, case study, assignments, learning quizzes and computer-based simulation. Both delivery formats prepare candidates for the standard CISCOM Exam, which is conducted online. Further details are available in our course brochure. The next online course will begin on May 11, 2019 and ends on August 10, 2019. Book your spot now!

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Upgrade to the BRASI web site is nearing completion. We are very excited about the development as the new web site will have a fresh, contemporary look with improved functionalities.

It will have links to tools and systems for instructors and students, featuring more members of the BRASI team and our global affiliates, events gallery and so on. The new version is scheduled to go live in the second  week of June 2019.


Supply Chain Risks

What is Risk?
Risk results from any form of uncertainty in a process or the environment. Risk is relative to the ability to identify and predict its impact in advance. In the Supply Chain, risks can occur in supplying a product or service to a customer in terms of cost, timely delivery and impact on image. The sourcing and supply of products and services to businesses and consumers is becoming more and more complex and with it, the assessment and management of the associated risk.

Whom does Supply Chain Risk effect?
Supply chain risk affects a wide range of stakeholders. The direct players in the supply chain are the producers, the logistics, retailers and the customers. In addition, there are the providers of finance, the consumer pressure groups, and politicians to name a few.

External Risk
External risk is driven primarily by issues, which lie outside of the direct influence of the business. This includes not only the national political situation but also the volatility of the global political landscape.

Risk in Product Sourcing
Banks and financial institutions often underwrite purchasing raw materials and commodities. Transparency of where product is sourced from, under what conditions it was produced, and where it is intended to go are important criteria for the financing decision. Any risk that the product source is unethical can influence the ability of the business to access future finance, which is a risk for the bank and the business. This means anyone involved in the sourcing of materials must have processes in place to ensure that they are not exposing the company to risk. Suppliers and third parties in a process can be an exposure if there is insufficient control over what is happening. The European horse meat scandal is a good example of risk with far reaching effects. The suppliers in this chain were reliant on the information provided on the source of meat. The high input price of meat led to some suppliers outsourcing the supply to smaller subcontractors and, either turning a blind eye to inconsistencies in the product description, or trusting the process to deliver.

Geographic complexity is source of risk
The supply chain in many areas today involves researching, marketing, producing and moving products and services across different geographies each with political and socio-cultural components. Local knowledge helps to weigh up the relative risk of operating in a country or region. A person living in the environment sees what to an outsider may seem treacherous from a different perspective. This knowledge must be incorporated into the risk assessment process.

Real time risk assessment
Internally, within a business, one of the main risks is in understanding the detail of the supply chain and being able to take decisions at the right time. Senior management have to balance growth ambitions with what the business can afford to invest. In large businesses, the leaders of the business are focused more on managing shareholder perceptions and external stakeholders, and rely on their management structures and operating model to have the finger on the pulse of the processes. There is an element of decision making which has to assess risk real time and steer a business in a direction.

Operational Risk
Operational risk in the supply chain can occur even where the senior management believes they run a robust and mature supply chain, which ticks all the audit boxes. Cost optimisation means that business decisions are made farther away from the core process and become slower as a result.

Planning Risk
One example of where the risk manifests itself is in the area of planning. Products and the various decision-making processes attached to the process are increasingly complex. However, people who act upon the process and make the decisions may fall back into their own ways of working when faced with demands.

Quality of Data
Data quality compounds these issues as the systems. Spreadsheets and gut feel override the quantitative analytics. The consequences are higher stock holdings to meet demand peaks rather than an optimum flow of product through the chain, which costs capital, storage and sub optimum logistics. In production, cost focus can remove some of the agility required to respond to demand if the decision is made purely within the function. The overall risk to the business is the inability to respond timely and loss of orders, delays and impact on customer service can have far wider cost implications than the marginal saving.

Knowledge Risk
Another risk is knowledge. As mentioned earlier, local knowledge can reduce risk by providing a body of experience and competence to deal with issues in the appropriate way. Globalization allows businesses to embrace local cultures and build local knowledge. From a process perspective however, the tacit knowledge within the business, which may have been built over time, can be lost through footprint decisions and losing people from traditional locations. This cannot be the driver to maintain unprofitable sites, but it is an aspect of risk management, which needs to be considered in the process.

Sources of Risks
Risks to global supply chains vary from known-unknowns and controllable, to unknown-unknowns and uncontrollable ones. Interestingly, all the top six risks, with the exception of environmental catastrophes, are known-unknowns and controllable to some degree.

What parameters are supply chain operations most sensitive to?

Supply chain operations were most sensitive to reliance on skill-set and expertise (31%), price of commodities (29%) and energy and oil (28%).

How do companies mitigate against disruptions?

The supply chain and risk management maturity framework
  1. Risk governance—the presence of appropriate risk management structures, processes and culture.
  2. Flexibility and redundancy in product, network and process architectures—having the right levels of flexibility and redundancy across the value chain to be able to absorb disruptions and adapt to change.
  3. Alignment between partners in the supply chain—strategic alignment on key value dimensions, identification of emerging patterns and advancement towards higher value propositions.
  4. Upstream and downstream supply chain integration—information sharing, visibility and collaboration with upstream and downstream supply chain partners.
  5. Alignment and integration between internal business functions— alignment and integration of activities between company value chain functions on a strategic, tactical and operational level.
  6. Complexity management/rationalisation—ability to standardise and simplify networks and processes, interfaces, product architectures and product portfolios and operating models.
  7. Data, models and analytics— development and use of intelligence and analytical capabilities to support supply chain and risk.

Four levels of maturity in supply chain operations and risk management

The framework is a useful tool in evaluating each company’s capabilities. Importantly, according to our study, it shows that the majority of the companies have immature supply chain operations and risk management processes in place.


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Industry News

The role of soft skills in SCM

A recent study in "The role of soft skills in SCM" conducted by Dr. Ozlem Bak, Christine Jordan and James Midgley, suggests that within the Supply Chain sector, there is an increasing need for supply chain soft skills. Soft skills in behavioral, decision making and management skills were considered crucial and regarded as highly important in discussions in the UK.

According to them, organizations as well as educators and employers should be motivated in considering and finding an opportunity to explore, develop & enhance soft skills through trainings that are relative to their working conditions.

"Soft skills training initiatives may be most effective when driven by the joint effort of both educators and employers, and this could offer a valuable future strand of competition." said Dr. Ozlem Bak, Christine Jordan, and James Midgley.

Full article can be viewed at:



Computer-based supply chain simulation is a high value component of CISCOM –Certificate in Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Students apply their knowledge of supply chain concepts and practices to life-like situations, changing the logistical parameters, such as manufacturing sites, warehouses, fleets, products, customers and so on, in response to market developments and assess the effect of their decision on supply chain performance.
Another outstanding feature of CISCOM – unique and value driven.


Welcome our new Affiliate

BRASI partners with CTS COLLEGE in Trinidad
In keeping with its mission to offer high quality training for individuals and organizations in supply chain and operations management, BRASI has partnered with CTS College, Authorized Training Center for BRASI courses in Trinidad, thus expanding the list of global affiliates.

Joining the BRASI Global Affiliate Network. CTS College will be promoting and delivering BRASI’s CISCOM – Accredited Certificate in Supply Chain & Operations Management.

CTS College has been in existence for over 19 years; it is an Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) registered institution offering a range of programmes from secondary level to tertiary level including undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. CTS College has won 11 ACTT Quality in Tertiary Education (QuiTE) Awards including 6 awards for Excellence in Student Support Services and 3 for Excellence for an Established Quality Management System and 2 for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

CTS College has always taken pride in the outstanding academic performances of its students. Throughout the years, the College has earned a reputation for providing outstanding student support and going the extra mile to ensure all students achieve academic excellence. Over the years, the College, through its students, has won 131 world prizes and top paper awards including 84 ABE top paper awards and 43 University Awards from the University of Hertfordshire. At the June 2018 assessment session, CTS College won a record 13 Top Paper Awards from the Association of Business Executives (ABE); this figure represents more than 25% of the total top paper awarded worldwide by ABE.
With the changes to the procurement legislation in Trinidad and Tobago, the new regulatory framework will create new job opportunities in procurement and supply chain. CTS College intends to advance the supply chain and operations management profession, by offering BRASI training courses and related products. CTS College is the exclusive Authorized Training Center for BRASI courses in Trinidad and Tobago.

The College is currently registering persons for the July intake. Persons interested in enrolling or finding out more about the CISCOM programme can contact CTS College at (868) 671-2551 or via email


Meet with Ashima Chowdhary, CISCOM

Ashima’s pivotal journey to attain CISCOM started strongly in India with a desire to become a global trainer in her specialized area of interest – SCM. She was a consistent academic topper from high-school to college with an undergraduate degree in Business Commerce in Corporate Law & Business Environment and special top achievement in Financial Market Operations. The meritorious achievement led her to Masters in Business Commerce specializing in International Marketing where she excelled as one of the University toppers and received University Merit Award from GNDU, India. Masters in International Marketing brought her to innovative, novel concepts like Customer Relationship Management, Distribution Management, to name a few and the same drove her professional quest into specialized professional area of interest - Supply Chain Management.

Based on her meritorious performance in Master’s program, one of the top Indian colleges in Punjab State, Apeejay College offered her Assistant Professor position and in her tenure taught subjects like Cost and Management Accounting, Business Environment, International Marketing to mention a few. She is pursued her post graduation program in Supply Chain Management with one of the leading public colleges, Northern College, where she was introduced and guided to the certification program BRASI CISCOM by her Prof. Jaison Mathews.

Her dream to become a global trainer and instructor continues with true spirits and right momentum exceling with merit in CISCOM program. She is also pursuing IATA – FIATA International Freight Forwarding programs besides CIFFA’s (Canadian International Freight Forwarding Associations) International Freight Forwarding programs and the same is going to giver here positive edifice to be a global SCM and Logistics trainer.

BRASI proudly welcomes Ashima to the elite list of March 2019 CISCOM Certification graduate.

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