When is the last time you asked, “is it time for my organization to modernize our B2B Integration?” Has it been a year, a few years, or even longer. For most companies, I think it has been more than a few years because B2B works so well. For decades, B2B Integration has been successfully helping organizations to automate manual processes, reduce errors, speed up commerce, create visibility into the supply chain and many more benefits. B2B has increased close collaboration between customers and suppliers. Even EDI (electronic data interchange) has been around for more than 30 years and shows no signs of going away. Your B2B Integration works; it gets the job done, so why would you be thinking about investing in modernizing it?
The simple answer is because is “getting the job done” enough for your organization these days. Do you need more out of B2B Integration than you have been getting? Are you maximizing the benefits B2B Integration provides?
To answer that question, it helps to know what kind of benefits the market leaders are receiving from their B2B Integration. Bryan Ball, Vice President and Principal Analyst for Aberdeen's Supply Chain and Operations practices discusses the benefits that leaders are receiving while comparing them to the laggards. Watch the video B2B Collaboration: Driving the Return.
After listening to Bryan describe the range of benefits and advantages leaders have, it makes sense to be asking whether it is time for your organization to modernize their B2B Integration. The leaders regularly ask themselves if it is time to modernize their B2B. Leaders know that B2B Integration solutions continue to improve and what they can do now is greater than just a few years ago, and the options are always increasing. Today’s B2B solutions can work with your previous B2B investments, so instead of ripping and replacing you can build upon your prior investment to drive higher ROI. Cloud and managed services options for B2B Integration reduce upfront investment while limiting the burdens placed on IT. It is time you look into whether your need to modernize your B2B Integration.