I just read this interesting article on SupplyChainBrain.com I want to share and put in the context of B2B integration. The article, by Robert J. Bowman (July 14, 2014), is titled “How legacy I.T. can sabotage a CEO’s agenda for change”. The point he makes is newly hired CEOs walk into their organizations with the best of intentions, not knowing that their supply chain is dependent on legacy I.T. systems. He goes into detail about the risks of operating legacy systems, how difficult they are to finds resources to maintain and how “They are the enemy of all attempts to revamp the way that companies interact with suppliers upstream, and customers downstream.”.
So think about your own supply chain and the state it’s in. Are you as responsive as you need to be? How long does it take to establish an electronic trading partner relationship so you can start generating revenue? Do you still have to rely on overnight batch processing for some critical business processes? Do you know when there is a problem or is your customer telling you? Do you have visibility over a process once it extends beyond your organization? The answer to these questions may be reflective of legacy B2B integration capabilities.
Working at IBM I have an opportunity to engage with some best-in-class companies in how they run their supply chains. One item that seems to make these companies standout and achieve best-in-class supply chain operations, is the organization views B2B integration as a competitive differentiator all way to the boardroom. It’s not just I.T Infrastructure any longer, it’s critical to running a tightly collaborated supply chain and the organization views it as such.
Maybe it’s time to reassess how your organization views B2B integration. If you find yourself in legacy mode there are options these days. Whether it is basic on-premise B2B integration, a Cloud based solution which doesn’t cost as much capital investment to deploy or a hybrid approach that complements some of your on-premise applications, you do have choices.
So regardless of whether your CEO is new or not don’t let your B2B integration capabilities sabotage their agenda for change. Check out this thought leadership paper on “A new era in B2B collaboration” and this website to see how IBM’s B2B integration capabilities can help.