2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

100 ways to innovate your supply chain with the providers of next-wave supply chain services and solutions


GXS
Gaithersburg, MD/USA
www.gxs.com
Medium
1967
Fulfillment/Logistics, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP

The primary supply chain challenge facing customers of GXS today, both domestically and abroad, is integration, or lack thereof, the solution provider says. Companies are still manually exchanging supply chain documents – purchase orders, purchase order acknowledgments, invoices, payments, advanced ship notices and more – with the majority of their trading partners. This is particularly a challenge with regard to smaller suppliers and trading partners. Many companies have trading partners around the world whose access and adoption of technology is minimal. Finding a way to achieve electronic integration with those suppliers is challenging at best. In response, GXS developed its Intelligent Web Forms service, a subscription-based, entry-level, B2B e-commerce service that enables small to midsize trading partners to receive, turn-around, create and manage electronic documents using only a Web browser.


Hitachi Consulting

Hitachi Consulting
Dallas, TX/USA
www.hitachiconsulting.com
Medium
2000
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

A recent Aberdeen survey found that the difference between market leaders and laggards was their ability to leverage supply chain assets in response to market events. A Wharton study found that running lean is not associated with a better bottom line, and that responsiveness has a more consistent impact on ROA. In line with these findings, Hitachi Consulting developed strategies for "Building the Market Responsive Company" and built a combination of maturity models, benchmarking and implementation solutions to help clients achieve improved performance.

From a technology perspective, Hitachi Consulting is working with software vendors to develop solutions for specific industry segments; the pre-configured templates cut down implementation times. The company is also rolling out a SaaS offering in Transportation Management and has begun developing skills and capabilities around multi-enterprise business process management.

Hitachi Consulting said the challenge of being market responsive is a significant one, not to mention the struggle of getting people to adapt to new processes and technologies along the way. However, Hitachi Consulting has set out to address these challenges by taking a holistic approach when helping clients. It focuses not on just implementing technology, but on making sure that the strategy and process is built to enable a more responsive environment across the entire value chain. Technology is then used to enforce that change and make it sustainable.


Hubspan
Seattle, WA/USA
www.hubspan.com
Private
2000
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment, CRM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

According to Hubspan, the next wave of supply chain integration to help companies address the need for better control, clearer process visibility, data validation and tighter governance over all B2B interactions will employ on-demand delivery of a complete integration solution – software, infrastructure and professional services. As a result, the provider is offering clients its Straight-Through Integration platform, which is an on-demand approach that Hubspan said enables a higher degree of speed in data flow and transaction processing by streamlining cross-enterprise communication exchanges (both synchronous and asynchronous) into a real-time flow of business transactions.


i2 Technologies
Dallas, TX/ USA
www.i2.com
Medium
1988
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

Faced with an increasingly complex business environment and rapid macroeconomic changes, global supply chain managers require a new approach to take on dynamic business challenges. i2 Technologies said global supply chains require speed and innovation, the proven processes and methodologies of the past, and the best tools and talent of today. Hence, the company believes the next cycle of innovation for the supply chain industry is SCM 2.0, which is defined by increased speed of product and service innovation, speed to market, speed to issue resolution and speed to adapt to changing market conditions. i2's approach includes a combination of expertise, process innovation, tools and services to achieve results across business functions.


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