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Connect with Lightwell at IBM InterConnect 2016

By Lori Angalich | Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Are you planning to be at the IBM InterConnect 2016 conference in Las Vegas? IBM InterConnect is one of our most anticipated industry events, and a number of our team members are preparing for their participation in the event, including:

The reasons to attend are numerous. Just check out the stats in the infographic on this page.  In addition to getting a break from the winter weather, the conference provides a great opportunity to learn more about the latest business technology challenges, trends, and best practices, while connecting with peers, partners, and industry thought leaders among the 25,000+ attendees.

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How the Duchess of Cambridge Influences Supply Chains

By Lightwell | Mon, Nov 02, 2015

Consumer Expectations Are Driving the Need for Greater Responsiveness

We’re sure that if you asked a supply chain director how much he was influenced by the Duchess of Cambridge or Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, eyebrows would be raised ever so slightly. They do, however, provide a perfect example of how consumer expectations of immediate satisfaction impact a supply chain.

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Why B2B Integration is Key to Gaining Greater Supply Chain Insight

By Lightwell | Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Modern life clips along at an unprecedented pace, and here at Lightwell we have been discussing the comparison of keeping up with the fast pace of life—and all the information that produces—to the experience of keeping up with the supply chain.

On a personal level, when you think back ten years ago, YouTube and Facebook were just getting going, and Twitter was a gleam in someone’s eye. Phones weren’t all that “smart” with people assuming they would just get smaller, and they definitely weren’t thinking “mobile revolution.”

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How B2B Integration Enables Demand Driven Supply Chains

By Lightwell | Mon, Oct 12, 2015

We’ve all been subject to the vagaries of the weather at one time or another--camping holidays, picnics and Wimbledon are all events that can be made or broken by inclement or unexpected weather. Who can forget the huge floods of late 2013/early 2014 causing large areas of the South West of the UK to become inaccessible?

This got us thinking, if you’re managing a supply chain, especially if you’re thinking about becoming demand driven, what would the business impact of these weather disasters be, and how would a demand driven supply chain cope compared to traditional one?

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Top Reasons to Attend the IBM Commerce Learning Academy in Dublin, Ireland

By Lightwell | Tue, Oct 06, 2015

We’re getting excited about the upcoming IBM Commerce Learning Academy 2015 event in Dublin, Ireland October 13-16. In fact, Lightwell is a Silver Sponsor of this year’s event.

Recently, when a couple of our customers asked us whether or not they should attend, unsurprisingly we responded (enthusiastically) that they should.  We thought we would share some of the reasoning behind this in this post.

Education and Insight

The IBM Commerce Learning Academy agenda has something for everyone--business and technical, deep dive and strategic level.  

For example, in the B2B integration technical sessions, presenters will share customer stories around the planning and issues involved in a B2B integration solution upgrade, as well as how your organization can handle the transformation from small scale integration to a high availability, high volume, multi-protocol environment. (See B2Bi Session 07 (B2BI S 07 in the IBM Commerce Learning Academy Technical Session Guide)).

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Top 3 benefits of leveraging managed IT services

By Lightwell | Thu, Mar 26, 2015

In recent years, demands for managed IT services has been on the rise. There are several reasons company leaders might opt for this approach, including the ability to cut internal costs, to maintain compliance with industry regulations or fill gaps in security.

According to Edward Ferrara, Forrester Research's principal research analyst serving security and risk professionals, a main factor driving businesses to turn to managed service providers is to alleviate certain internal pressures. With a managed IT service provider on their side, enterprise leaders can shift the way they utilize their corporate resources.

"End-user companies are looking to resolve headaches," Ferrara noted.

Managed IT services can do much more for a firm than just help solve and prevent in-house hassles. Utilizing managed IT services can provide a whole host of benefits for a company, including the following:

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IBM InterConnect Recap: Cloud, B2B Integration and Managed File Transfer Trends

By Lightwell | Mon, Mar 23, 2015

We’ve had few weeks to reflect on everything we learned at IBM InterConnect: from exploring the ever-changing cloud, mobile and big data landscape, to learning about new innovations in managed file transfer and B2B integration—and there’s a lot to take in. Finding “A New Way” to think about solving business problems and accelerating transformation was a key theme of the three-day cloud, mobile and technology conference in Las Vegas.

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B2B integration in the cloud: Tips and IBM use cases

By Lightwell | Wed, Feb 25, 2015

When utilized for business purposes, the cloud can bring a range of benefits. Depending upon how it is leveraged, these advantages can include reduced operating costs and increased availability of resources, which can lead to a boost in productivity throughout the company.

Many businesses have turned to B2B integration strategies over the years to enhance their relationships with partners and deliver a better experience for customers. When the cloud is utilized for B2B integration, companies stand to reap the advantages of both strategies.

Tips for deploying B2B integration in the cloud

As with any new initiative, there are a few tips and best practices that can help the deployment of cloud-based B2B integration be carried out much more smoothly. 

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Spotlight on IBM Sterling partnership: File transfer, data management and integration solutions

By Lightwell | Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Enterprises today require a whole host of solutions to ensure that their mission-critical data remains secure in every instance. Whether transferring files internally or integrating information with a partnering organization, certain technology is key to help guarantee that these activities take place in a safeguarded environment.

However, when it comes to selecting and deploying file transfer, data management, integration and other solutions, some decision makers are at a loss for whee to begin. IBM has options for nearly every business need. Working with an IBM Sterling partner like Lightwell can make all the difference.Let's examine some of the leading solutions available to businesses today and what each means for B2B integration, data management and file transfer needs:

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator
The IBM Sterling B2B Integrator is the top choice for organizations that require a flexible yet secure avenue for business-to-business integration.

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B2B omni-channel commerce: Responding to consumerization

By Lightwell | Mon, Dec 15, 2014

It's become fairly evident over the past few years that the once-sharp distinctions between customers and companies are becoming fuzzier. The Internet has made commerce more democratic and customer-centric, and companies are increasingly judged on the strength of their ideas and ability to innovate, rather than merely resting on their laurels and loyal customers.

It's a great opportunity for businesses, emerging and established alike, to experiment and bring challenging new ideas to the forefront. It also makes people savvier and more critical, both as producers and consumers of goods. With so many options out there, standards go up. And as people become more used to fluidly moving between their roles as buyer and seller, it's changing the way B2B and B2C commerce work as well.

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