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Bill McBeathThursday December 6th, 2018

Ann GrackinThursday December 6th, 2018
Today, firms across industries are often pursuing digitalization which is a requirement across complex enterprises and digital supply chains if they want to collaborate and operate with agility across their global supply networks. No doubt, within enterprises, this is a pressing need, thus initiatives such as digital manufacturing, cloud workflow integration, industry standards adoptions, and so on are taking place. Organizations have complex requirements--both for collaboration as well as their own proprietary needs. But an area still of great confusion is the issue of the solutions to address inter-enterprise supply chain operations.

Business systems and their architectures have evolved that support two distinct needs--one for the enterprise, one for the supply chain. In this paper we highlight and draw distinctions between these two needs--enterprise vs. supply chain networks or multi-party solutions--and the types of technology that best support them.

In Part One, Multi-party Technology, we will strive to define some of the nuanced approaches within multi-party or often called supply chain networks. This is an area ChainLink has been committed to since our inception in the early 2000s. The concept of supply chain's working as holistic units and yet as the same time being dynamic is really the heart and soul of successful supply chains. So it is so important to understand how technology helps achieve this goal.

In Part Two, The Multi-party Technology Solutions, we will highlight major multi-party supply chain solutions--not just the well know, but some important players that might surprise you, who have vast networks and play a pivotal role in today's global chains.








Big bang ERP implementations are out. Rapid, incremental ‘little bang’ implementations are in. Leading edge software engineering organizations have embraced agile development principles for years, based on rapid, incremental releases. It’s about time ERP implementers learned and adopted similar principles. As the speed of business increases every year, companies can no longer tolerate long, expensive, enterprise software implementations. Now is the time for Agile ERP Implementation.

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Successfully serving today’s consumer and business customers requires a supply chain that is personalized for each sector, channel, and customer’s unique needs and demands, but doing it economically, efficiently, and profitably. The variety and specificity of customer demands expand every day. This is not just about product personalization. It is about delivering products in the precise manner desired.

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