Globalized product and service delivery networks are more specialized and complex than ever before. Underpinning these networks is the need to create and effectively manage basic, business-partner connections throughout your supply chain. Back-office integration and data sharing not only dictate your enterprise’s ability to effectively manage supply chain inventories, but your ability to compete in the global, online marketplace.
Distributed supply chains require a distributed architecture to maximize integration capabilities and data sharing.
Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) tools are one way to implement this distributed architecture. EAI provides flexible, lightweight solutions that are easily mounted onto existing back-office systems and databases while providing secure, real-time connectivity across virtual networks. When deployed throughout a supply-chain or business-partner network, this ability to communicate in real time creates new service channels and enables your supply chain to:
- Instantly query and share partner inventory data
- Improve supply chain visibility
- Minimize supply latency and surplus inventory
- Invest time in back-end business planning
- Manage market variability
This distributed model is currently deployed within the world’s largest network of government buyers and commercial suppliers—serving as a prime example of what’s possible when good inventory management software is combined with the right networking and integration framework.