One Network Launches "Supply Chain On Demand"

Touts subscription-based approach to delivering supply chain solutions to end users

Charlotte, NC December 18, 2003 One Network Enterprises this week launched its "Supply Chain On Demand" offering, which it is billing as a new approach to providing supply chain solutions to retailers, distributors, manufacturers and logistics service providers around the globe.

"On demand" has been promoted by companies like IBM and others as a way of providing access to computing power, applications and services on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. (For more information on the on-demand model, see the article "Cutting Through the 'On Demand' Hype" in the December 2003 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.)

With Supply Chain On Demand, One Network is offering access to supply chain applications under a monthly subscription model, with prices ranging from $50 to $250 per user, depending on a user's role, plus network action charges for value-added processes.

Companies also have the opportunity to give the provider's applications a trial run in their own operation for 30 days without any investment or commitment.

"Similar to what Salesforce.com did to [customer relationship management], we're changing the game in supply chain management by applying the principles of on demand to our market," said Travis Parsons, executive vice president of One Network. "But this is not just about a different pricing model, this technology and the on-demand availability of our solutions provide a smarter and faster approach to achieving competitive advantage with your supply chain."

Components of the One Network offering include Network Applications, enterprise-class solutions capable of managing synchronous order, inventory and shipment processes across a multi-company, multi-tier distributed environment. Network Applications are delivered as a service, like a utility.

One Network said it delivers its Network Applications to a company's operations and extended value chain community through Command Center, the network desktop that serves as the launch pad for the Applications, as well as a user's connection to One Network, a global fulfillment operating system used by companies to manage their supply chain operations.

The solution provider asserted that Network Applications are uniquely capable of enabling today's advanced supply chain strategies that require a responsive, high velocity, demand-driven and networked model.

"We're helping our customers launch better supply chain processes that extend from their core operations across their value chain network," said Greg Brady, CEO of One Network. "As such, the technology must be cost effective and easily accessible to companies of all types and sizes around the world. Supply Chain On Demand is about making adoption of this technology easy and growing the participant base quickly, which creates further value for everyone on One Network."

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