Aspect No. 1: Integration of Partner Assets

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

Aspect No. 1: Integration of partner assets

Since 50 percent of the data in ERP systems today originates outside the firewall, it is important that enterprises take a fresh look at their data integration and acquisition strategies so that every constituent in the value chain is working off of a "single version of truth." Distorted customer demand pictures lead to incorrect supply planning and, ultimately, to inefficiencies in the supply chain. Cloud-based integration solutions are built from the ground up, and reach far and wide into the value chain to provide:

1. A more timely and accurate picture of demand and supply through comprehensive protocol support, from FTP and electronic data interchange (EDI) to Web services, as well as standard, prebuilt adapters for various back-end enterprise applications

2. Tools and self-service capabilities for faster end-to-end partner registration, discovery and onboarding processes

3. Transformation services for better management of variations in business documents

4. Higher order business process orchestration and composition

5. Information transparency through dashboards and service-level agreement (SLA) reporting

Cloud vendors that offer these features (in combination with an extensive network of interconnected partners) enable reuse, harmonization of content, and real-time collection of information across a federated network of partners to drive a more responsive supply chain.

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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