At first glance, the answer seems obvious - of course order management is geared toward customer demand. But a closer look finds that there are many factors, with variable scope and effects, that influence the alignment of order management strategies. Many organizations may not be aware of the misaligned processes and not-quite-optimized project management strategies that can disrupt the supply chain and impact a company's capacity to develop business relationships or fulfill its customers' orders.
At first glance, managed file transfer and the World Cup wouldn't seem to have much in common. What does the transmission of corporate files have to do with the preeminent soccer - or football, depending on what country you're in - tournament in the world? The recent forging of a partnership between IBM and Aspera, which brought live World Cup streams to far-flung viewers, highlighted the importance of rapid transmit for large files. As big data and massively sized files become more prominent in many industries, organizations need a managed file transfer solution that can efficiently, reliability and cost-effectively send these files.
When it comes to electronic data interchange (EDI) operations, more data can be both a blessing and a curse. Few would argue that building larger B2B networks and exchanging more information with trading partners is a bad thing. However, savvy business professionals also know that managing all of that data - keeping networks moving, satisfying all requests, maintaining security and about half a million other critical tasks - represents a massive challenge.
E-commerce has proven to be a major boon for businesses with the foresight to supplement their traditional storefronts with digital services. In today's market, however, it's no longer enough to simply have a website for prospective customers to browse. To remain competitive, businesses need to actively engage their clients, taking them by the hand and guiding them through every stage of the order fulfillment process. The demand for more oversight and greater integration between internal channels has driven adoption rates for omni-channel solutions.
Managed file transfer solutions are critical for any business concerned about the integrity of information flowing through corporate networks. The realities of today's advanced threat landscape mean that generic tools or piecemeal approaches are simply insufficient to effectively stave off security compromises and eliminate information leaks. A recent report by Risk Based Security found that more than 176 million data records were compromised worldwide in the first quarter of 2014 alone, with hacking, fraud and human error just some of the root causes allowing data to fall into predators' hands. Overall, 85.5 percent of incidents involved some outsider activity, while insiders contributed to 59.4 percent of all records exposed. Businesses and supply chains are being threatened from both sides of the network.
As supply chains grow larger and customer fulfillment expectations grow more stringent, enterprises need comprehensive solutions for supply chain clarity, consistency and cost-effectiveness. Transportation management systems help companies better control supply chain sprawl by eliminating excess costs while ramping up service quality. The IBM Sterling Transportation Management System is a software platform dedicated to enhancing key supply chain processes through the optimization of transportation logistics, planning and spending. Organizations can leverage this solution to build a better shipping network and make smarter operational decisions.
Business communications are more complex than ever before. There are more endpoints, file formats and user preferences - just figuring out how to send an important document can be a challenge. There are simply too many variables, and organizations need better ways of controlling them.
The healthcare industry is at a critical juncture. Perhaps no sector has had to contend with as much impact to supply chain and information management processes as healthcare. Medical firms have been put through a boot camp of data, communication and compliance concerns as they become more digitally focused. It's a chicken-and-egg scenario - medical organizations' systems and infrastructure needs to be upgraded to contend with IT and data governance concerns, while new upgrades or strategies put more considerations on the plate. And with budgets concentrated on research and patient care, these entities often have little flexibility for supply chain transformation.
Users are the foundation of every company and supply chain's networks. They're the people who create, share and contribute to critical documents and data, and the ones who set and follow - or eschew - corporate policies concerning access, communication and technology usage. People can also be a problem. Human error continues to be the leading source of data privacy issues, Dynamic Business reported. And as the consumerization of IT continues, it becomes more imperative to mitigate the potential threats to compliance and management that are posed by rogue application use and deviations from file transfer protocols.
Order management software is critical to improving supply chain processes. It's especially vital to making smarter inventory and shipping decisions that are grounded in data. By installing this software, organizations can tackle some of their most complex and intricate challenges. Less-than-truckload shipping is one of these constant issues, which affect virtually every supply chain in some form. Order management software can help enterprises make better LTL shipping decisions, build communication with supply chain partners and leverage this key aspect of supply chains for higher ROI.