Lite-On Eyes Real-time Visibility across Worldwide Operations

Global manufacturing company to automate and streamline supply chain processes with webMethods Integration Platform

Global manufacturing company to automate and streamline supply chain processes with webMethods Integration Platform

Fairfax, VA — March 26, 2004 — Components manufacturer Lite-On Technology Corporation is set to use an integration platform from webMethods as its strategic technology platform to enable real-time integration and global visibility across its worldwide operations.

Lite-On is a worldwide supplier of computer peripherals, ranging from optical disk solutions to digital consumer appliances for the PC and consumer electronics industry, with $4.53 billion revenue in 2003. The company, which is headquartered in Taiwan, has sales and manufacturing operations spread across America, Europe and Asia.

Using webMethods' Integration Platform, Lite-On is looking to integrate key systems and automate business processes across its global operations to create cost savings by streamlining its supply chain processes.

The company will deploy the Integration Platform to link its global business systems. By leveraging webMethods' integration capabilities, Lite-On expects to achieve accurate and real-time business information for all its plants and subsidiaries worldwide.

"In the demanding world of electronics manufacturing, webMethods provides us with visibility across our business systems, allowing us to improve overall business efficiencies and quickly meet global market challenges," said Ding-I Wang, chief information officer at Lite-On. "The webMethods Integration Platform is a key component in our global IT architecture, integrating our best-of-breed applications for real-time decision-making, and resulting in improved ROI from existing technology investments."

Lite-On has identified nine different business scenarios — including order fulfillment, sales order creation from the Web, EDI sales forecasting and material transfers between plants — that will utilize the Integration Platform to integrate data among its U.S., Taiwan and China operations. The company, which kicks off its implementation this week, expects to achieve real-time synchronization of data among its variety of applications to ensure that all branches get the most accurate information for effective decision-making.

"By leveraging webMethods' leading integration capabilities, Lite-On can achieve its goal to become a global electronics manufacturing company," said Nicholas Tang, general manager for Greater China, Hong Kong/Taiwan at webMethods. "With webMethods, Lite-On will improve visibility into its business systems to better run, measure and optimize their global operations, resulting in a greater competitive advantage."