Aspect No. 2: Collaboration of People and Processes Across Entire Value Chain

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

Aspect No. 2: Collaboration of people and processes across entire value chain

Once enterprises gain access to transparent, shared information, the next step is to enable the correct controls to ensure that the information is leveraged effectively. One of the many virtues of multienterprise collaboration (although less understood) is that it serves up clean and actionable data, enabling a better sense-and-respond network.

Most importantly, up-front collaboration enables back-end enterprise applications to function more effectively. Enterprises need to extricate themselves from the landlocked, internal architectures and embrace the cloud for collaborating across a distributed network of partners to drive better results. Cloud-based, multienterprise solutions eliminate potential collaboration hurdles across distributed teams and deliver:

1. Complete visibility and control of the partner network

2. Workflows that seamlessly and rapidly connect people and processes across multiple tiers in the ecosystem

3. Partner adoption and "stickiness" by providing various means of collaboration via both connected and disconnected modes, including Excel clients, mobile devices, e-mail and user-configurable Web user interfaces

4. Clean, reliable data that improves internal planning processes and execution efficiency

Supply chain collaboration is about collaborative business processes; that is, processes that inherently live in the network and support the all-important value proposition of providing clean data to gain near-real-time visibility and control across the extended network.

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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