According to a recent report by software firm SEEBURGER, companies can save money by combining and modernizing the technological processes behind the supply chain. Supply chain management has become a global concern, with companies spreading their operations around the world in search of the most reliable trading partners and lowest costs. This means that businesses need strong B2B integration solutions to ensure the process runs smoothly.
Keeping supply chain files and documents moving between partners can be a delicate business, requiring several applications working in tandem. In addition to a B2B integration solution that integrates processes, companies can also require EDI and secure file transfer tools.
SEEBURGER indicated that companies can cut their supply chain budgets significantly by choosing a solution that combines the three functions. Companies moving files in disparate formats through a variety of channels could change the nature of the process entirely through consolidation, with files available when and where they are needed, in the correct format.
The same products that could unify and simplify a company's integration network could also modernize the processes. The SEEBURGER file transfer application can serve as the replacement for a number of disparate legacy systems.
SEEBURGER officials stated that the benefits of such a move include reducing the need for IT maintenance and saving time. New systems, with deeply-ingrained automation, need less attention to function correctly than the older systems they replace. With new file transfer software in place, spending time on tracking documents during transmissions almost vanishes.
The SEEBURGER report stated that the company's systems enable one of the most coveted goals of modern supply chain managers - visibility. With a heavily automated file transfer system in place, documents are visible every step of the way. Complying with industry regulations and promoting trust with supply chain partners can both be easier when systems make data visible at every step of the transfer process.
Importance of visibility
Making sure that every link in a supply chain is visible and accounted for is critical to companies hoping for more efficiency. Supply Chain Digest, in its recent feature about making the supply chain more visible and information actionable, conceded that much of the data required will reside outside a company's own operations. The source reiterated that communicating with partners can be the key to learning enough about operations to improve business performance. A consolidated, modern integration solution, according to the SEEBURGER report, could be the factor that enables such agile communication.