In a recent article in Manufacturing Business Technology, the authors noted that IBM was "just as excited" about talking about the broader integration of the supply chain applications within IBM as the new functionality in LogicNet Plus XE and Plant PowerOps:
IBM executives are excited about future possibilities for blending insights from the supply chain solutions with other systems using IBM's middleware and business process management functionality
Our clients are already starting to see value from our integration into IBM as these possibilities become reality. For example, clients are seeing value from the following:
- IBM's vast expertise for moving, cleaning, and aggregating transactional data with the supply chain applications
- IBM's off-the-shelf and widely used SAP Adapters to tap directly into their SAP data. And, IBM has similar adapters for other ERP systems
- IBM's tools for setting up the supply chain tools to "allow you to manage either the exceptional cases or the routine cases so that you can systematize the business decisions and business thought without having to deal with the latency of humans making decisions."
It is exciting to see our supply chain clients get much more value from our tools and services by mixing them with the tools and services from IBM. This is all a great fit with IBM's new initiative to create smarter supply chains.