Optimizing the Supply Chain
DATA SYNCHRONICITY AND B2B COMMERCE
The need for matching supply with demand by synchronizing various internal and external systems and processes is obvious. Such synchronization will improve data accuracy and enable real-time, end-to-end process monitoring across all supply and demand processes. Visibility of inventory in the supply chain is the dashboard for top management seeking to drive customer satisfaction. This information, the lifeline for decision-making, flows through an extensive infrastructure of information technology, which is disparate, generally disconnected and hardly synchronized.
Sterling Commerce rightly points out that in order to convert point-of-sale (POS) data into valuable intelligence across the total supply chain it must be cleansed, harmonized, contextualized, unified and connected with business operations data from the customer relations management, enterprise resources planning and supply chain management applications. The data, hardware and software configuration of the trading partners has to be recognized, aligned and optimized to achieve strategic advantage.