When the author first wrote the Parallax View, the world was a different place. All the elements were building up to the world as we find it today, but the focus on business was elsewhere.
Although post 9-11, most firms where unsure of the impact of global trade uncertainty and how this would affect their business models and practices. We have had five years to sort that out. The emergence of a new generation of business practices, technologies, and confirmation on the rise of the new middle class in several Asian nations (India, China, Vietnam, etc.), who are joining their sister Asian Tigers (Korea, Taiwan and Singapore), has now confirmed that Supply Chain Management expertise is the most critical process and skill set for corporations in this generation.