Typically, all companies face the same challenge: the need to improve their business results while reducing costs at the same time. Furthermore, companies strive to establish preferred business partner relationships and maintain their good reputation vis-à-vis customers and suppliers. Reducing costs often goes hand-in-hand with reducing complexity. And if ease of doing business and seamless collaboration are focal key success factors, Supply Chain Integration is likely to be an indispensable cornerstone for success. In addition, ever-expanding supply chains and outsourcing decisions require stronger controls and management procedures in order to ensure compliance with a plurality of international rules, regulations and security.

Obviously, successful Supply Chain Integration requires the involvement of all trading and service partners. This can be achieved by creating and operating a fully collaborative Supply Chain Operating Network. All trading and service partners in this network collaborate with you and, if applicable, with each other, based on the same level of shared information and the same procedural structures.

Supply Chain Integration with Data Integration

As a part of Supply Chain Integration, sharing information requires data integration. In a Supply Chain Operating Network, this means a combination of: