How to Utilize the Cloud to Connect Your Global Supply Chain

By Karthik Srinivasan  |  Posted 2010-10-20 Print this article Print

The economic upheaval of the past 12 to 24 months has brought to light operational and strategic limitations in many of today's global supply chains. Many companies made ill-informed decisions as they drastically cut production assets, ultimately undermining their efforts to maintain high customer service levels and profitability. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Karthik Srinivasan shares three core aspects of cloud utilization that are vital for building nimble, efficient supply chains in today's global marketplace.

There are a number of operational and strategic limitations in many of today's global supply chains. The continuous globalization and outsourcing of today's value chains have only made matters worse, increasing both complexity and risk.

It is no surprise then that the traditional product capabilities and delivery models are being scrutinized by both business and IT teams-particularly for functions that require comprehensive process orchestration and data integration across the extended value chain.

Now, as demand finally begins to pick up, it is imperative that companies leverage the lessons learned from the recent past to reassess and redefine their end-to-end processes and technical strategies. Cloud-based, multienterprise business process platforms provide an increasingly viable option for companies hoping to drive new levels of business synchronicity and collaboration between partners in the global community, resulting in rapid ROI and lower TCO.

In this article, I will focus on three core aspects of cloud utilization that are essential for building nimble, efficient supply chains in today's marketplace. Let's start with the first aspect: integration of partner assets.

Karthik Srinivasan is Chief Technology Officer at E2open. Karthik is responsible for leading and establishing E2open's overall technical strategy. Karthik brings over 18 years of experience in the delivery and support of mission-critical software for Fortune 500 customers worldwide. During his tenure at E2open, Karthik has held a variety of customer-facing roles, leading the principal engineering team and product management, where he built the industry's first private directory based on Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) (patent pending). Karthik has managed multiple customer implementations, and continues to provide technical leadership in sales, marketing and standard bodies. Prior to joining E2open in 2001, Karthik was vice president of technology at Citibank, responsible for the implementation of mission-critical solutions for global corporate banking in distributed environments. At Citibank, Karthik helped create a common platform based on Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), ENCINA and CORBA for enterprise applications, and built mission-critical applications for Citicorp global finance. He can be reached at

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