Supply-chain professionals, assuming they sought out the position in the first place, have typically learned the ropes by doing the job. Not anymore. Today, training has become an essential part of the profession. The reason? Supply chain, which used to function largely as a cost center for the organization, has become a key component of corporate profitability. It makes eminent sense that supply-chain managers be equipped with all of the tools needed to do their jobs. On this episode, we get an up-to-date perspective on supply-chain training from Jim Barnes, managing director for ISM Services at the Institute for Supply Management. He talks about the full range of training resources and techniques, including ''boot camps,'' continuing education, virtual learning, mentoring and professional certifications. We'll learn what it takes to be a supply-chain professional today, and what the job might look like in the future.