Microsoft, i2 Ease Supply-Chain Collaboration
Eyeing easier information-sharing, Microsoft and i2 start to work with customers and resellers on a new supply-chain solution that will integrate Excel and SQL Server.Gearing up for a big sales event planned for July, Microsoft and i2 Technologies are starting to team with customers and partners around a new joint supply-chain-management solution thats expected to get a major push from both vendors. First announced at the i2 Planet conference in Phoenix last week, the solution will fulfill the SCM (supply chain management) component of the PPI (Peak Performance Initiative) unveiled by Microsoft in March, Celestine Vettical, worldwide director of manufacturing vertical solutions at Microsoft Corp., said in an interview with CIOInsight.com. According to Vettical, the technology being co-developed with i2 will make it easier for customers to collaborateboth internally and with outside trading partnersby synchronizing information stored in various repositories, including the four ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems currently being produced by Microsoft.
"Well initially focus the supply-chain solutions on customers in the high-tech, automotive and industrial markets," Vettical told CIOInsight.com. "Then well move on to retail and other areas."