B2B Supply Chain Process Integration

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In most supply chain organizations, it becomes imperative for them to integrate their business processes and trading partners in an effort to automate their processes. Process automation boosts efficiency and brings the much needed visibility into the supply chain. Integration is a process that stitches together these desperate entities which are the trading partners and different business functions within the implementing organization, such as sales, operations, finance and accounting. If done right, the integration can yield much greater flexibility and market response time.

Here are some of the most important benefits of the process automation that is enabled by the integration:

  • Removes the overhead associated with manual processing of orders, shipments and payments
  • The rate of document transfer is increased multifold that is measurable, specific and accurate
  • Data is immediately available for further processing
  • Auditing becomes easier and straightforward
  • Greatly helps the business in reducing the business cycle times
  • Positions the implementing organizations, gain greater operational efficiency
  • Improves the business relationships between the trading entities by enabling greater corroboration which eventually leads to the increase in their business size

All of the above eventually leads to the significant reduction of cost related to:

  • Clerical document preparation, data entry and the related error rates
  • Maintaining bigger inventory levels because of poor visibility
  • Missing timelines and not being able to cash in on gains such as discount terms on the receipt of invoices on time

In order to enable their customer, gain maximum leverage, RouteNode specializes in implementing B2B integration solutions that cover end-to-end process integrations around these areas:

  • Forecasting
  • Purchasing/Order Management
  • Shipping
  • Billing
  • Inventory Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Market Information
  • Service & Support
  • Product Information

We cover the complete lifecycle of solution delivery such as:

Mapping Analysis: One of the most intricate and important aspect of any B2B/EDI integration is consolidating the mapping specification document. This details out all the transformations needed to be implemented between the B2B document format and the backend business applications. Team RouteNode excels at this task. We work closely with the business and analysis teams to thrash out the required mapping details.

Design: Designing the blueprint of the integration solution in consultation with the stakeholders on the business and technical teams. Our team, in this phase focuses on the functional as well as non-functional requirements, such as security, reusability, scale etc.

Partner Onboarding: A very important step, the connectivity between trading partners needs to be established on the already agreed upon connectivity method. Often times this is the first step of the actual implementation. In this phase, we work with the internal IT security and network teams along-with the trading partner’s IT teams in order to establish a viable system to system communication link. In some case this is the only step required if a new trading partner is on-boarded on an existing integration/transformation solution.

Some of the trading partner connectivity options we fully cover are:

  • AS2 (Applicability Statement 2)
  • VAN (Value Added Network)
  • RNIF (RosettaNet Implementation Framework)
  • Peer-to-peer connectivity
  • FTP
  • SFTP
  • API’s and webservices

Implementation/Development: RouteNode is unique in terms of the diverse skillset it offers when it comes down to the implementation of the given solution. We specialize on the following technology platforms:

  • RouteNode’s very own natively developed NodeX platform
  • IBM Sterling B2B Integrator
  • IBM Sterling File Gateway
  • MuleSoft Anypoint Integration Platform
  • Custom implementation, in these languages: Java, C# and Node.js

Testing: After the development and unit testing is completed, in this phase the focus in on user testing which in most cases involves the trading partners also, in order to verify the processing end-to-end between the trading entities. We remain engaged with the business analysis, user and trading partner teams in order to ensure the success of this very important phase

Production Deployment: In this phase, our team works in conjunction with the system administration and configuration management team to ensure the successful rollout of the solution in production. Another important step in this phase is the the execution of the smoke test with the trading partner. We work with the technical, business, analysis and the trading partner teams to facilitate in the smoke testing

Support and Maintenance: We provide support services on the already running solutions. We ensure that these assets keep running and working as desired. These are some of the activities that are performed in this phase: 

  • Bug fixing
  • Enhancements
  • Error/Exception monitoring
  • Messages reprocessing in case of planned/unplanned outages
  • Facilitating the sys admin team during patchfests and upgrades
  • Working with internal and trading partner teams while triaging issues in production

 

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