Supply Chain Collaboration 2.0

Using Web 2.0 technologies to build a knowledge-sharing platform across the enterprise — and across the supply chain


8 Flavors of Web 2.0

Blogs: A tool that contains an individual's entries for commentaries, description of events or news on a particular subject, with readers able to leave comments interactively or, for example, to rate the blogger's entries.

Wikis: A tool that includes the collaboration of work from many different authors. A wiki site allows users to add, edit, delete or modify content on the site, offering a quick tool for capturing ideas and information from different people.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) : A format to enable the aggregation of content from multiple Web sources in one place, allowing users to keep up with fresh content from sites in an automated fashion, or to "publish" data for other people and programs to consume.

Mashups: Web applications that combine data and functionality from more than one source into a single integrated tool. This reuse can quickly and easily leverage millions of dollars in previous investment and results in a "building on the shoulders of giants" effect.

Podcasts: Digital media files distributed online for playback on computers or mobile devices. Often this is information that people wouldn't have written down, so the benefit is that it provides a means of preserving useful intellectual capital.

Social networking: Technology that enables people to find and connect to people who are not necessarily within their direct network. Relationships can be created via common content or common projects that individuals participate in or create.

Social tagging: A method of collaboratively creating and managing "tags" to annotate and categorize content online. In contrast to traditional indexing, metadata is generated by experts as well as by creators and consumers of content.

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) : An architectural style that encourages the creation of loosely coupled business services that are interoperable and technology-agnostic to enable business flexibility. An SOA solution consists of a composite set of business services that realize an end-to-end business process. With Web 2.0 SOA is component-based, lightweight and Web-oriented.

Source: Forrester Research

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