The A-Source application is a Lotus Domino e-business application that allows buyers to submit requests for quote (RFQs) and requests for price updates to contract manufacturers and suppliers and have them respond over the Internet. The application analyzes the inputs to identify cost savings opportunities.
The bills of material detail are also sent to the demand forecasting application allowing IBM to increase our volume purchasing leverage.
The customers for this application are IBM buyers, contract manufacturers and suppliers, commodity councils, third party outsourcing price analysts, and corporate logistics.
The value of this application is in quickly identifying cost savings opportunities on outsourced assemblies, improving IBM's volume purchasing leverage, increasing productivity, and reducing time to market as a result of electronic data exchange.