Mark Morley

Last week SAP hosted their Sapphirenow conference in Orlando, a conference that I was fortunate to visit this time last year. It was quite clear last year that SAP were making a very big push towards promoting their cloud, mobile and data analytics based services. Then just after the show they announced that they would […]

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Steve Keifer

When most people think about the business applications that manage processes such as forecasting, manufacturing, logistics and accounting they think of ERP.  But as the level of outsourcing in the supply chain has increased, more and more of these business processes are being performed outside the four walls of a company – and outside the […]

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Steve Keifer

Yesterday, SAP announced its intention to acquire B2B e-commerce vendor, Ariba for $4.3 billion.   In addition to its suite of spend management and procure-to-pay applications, Ariba has built up one of the world’s largest business networks with over 700,000 members.  The presentation materials issued following the announcement stated that “Ariba will enable SAP to create […]

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Patricia Hines

Last week GXS attended and exhibited at the NACHA PAYMENTS 2012 conference in Baltimore MD. There were many interesting educational sessions to choose from across several tracks. One session caught my eye in the Corporate Payments Solution track titled “The ERP Integration Cloud is Here!” presented by Rene Schuurman, Director and Product Manager Connectivity, from Citi […]

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Mark Morley

I have posted many blogs over the last couple of years on the subject of ERP B2B integration and how SAP projects for example can benefit from being integrated seamlessly to a B2B platform.  I thought it would be worth exploring this subject further by expanding on the following statement, ERP systems are incomplete without […]

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Mark Morley

Today’s ERP environments are at the centre of many enterprise IT infrastructures, from managing employee or customer related information through to delivering information required to run complex production systems. Many people often regard an ERP system as being internally focused, however without reliable connections to outside trading partners, for example banks, suppliers or logistics partners, […]

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Mark Morley

Yesterday, SAP announced they would be acquiring Crossgate to help improve the way in which companies connect to trading partners outside of the enterprise. Over the years, SAP has grown into one of the largest providers of enterprise solutions. Many GXS customers use SAP to manage production processes, HR/Payroll systems, transportation and warehouse environments. The B2B […]

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Steve Keifer

SAP announced this morning that it plans to fully acquire Crossgate.  This is good news for the B2B integration sector as it acknowledges I trend that I have been discussing on the EDInomics blog for several years now.  B2B integration is becoming increasingly strategic to large corporations.  As more and more specialization and outsourcing occur […]

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Mark Morley

The automotive industry has undergone immense change and restructuring over the past 24 months. The number one priority across the industry has been to reduce costs and we have seen a number of strategies implemented to try and achieve this, from reducing inventory levels, consolidating business and production systems through to exploring manufacturing and sourcing […]

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Doug Kern

I caught up with Miguel on his first day at GXS, shortly after he’d found the coffee machine but before his Paris-inflicted jet-lag had worn off. At GXS, Miguel is taking on the roles of CTO and SVP Product Development, and makes his way to Washington DC via Paris (SAP/Business Objects) after stops at S1, […]

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Mark Morley

Over the past few weeks I have been working on content for two new microsites which allows companies to find out more information concerning the benefits of using B2B outsourcing to manage the integration of SAP and B2B environments. Now I have discussed in a previous blog entry how B2B outsourcing and in particular GXS […]

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Mark Morley

In an earlier blog entry I discussed the likely B2B trends in the Manufacturing industry in 2011 and in this particular blog entry I will expand on some of my thoughts relating to Tablet devices and how they are likely to impact the High Tech supply chain this year. 2011 will be the year of […]

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Mark Morley

The manufacturing sector has been through a tough period but in the second half of 2010 production levels in many countries started to rise to the levels seen just before the most recent economic downturn. Investment in ICT and B2B infrastructures was one of the first casualties of the economic downturn but now that production […]

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Mark Morley

The ability to maintain a competitive edge in today’s marketplace is often driven by a company’s ability to match IT capabilities with business strategy and processes. Many companies have implemented SAP to automate internal business processes in order to achieve business goals. However, in today’s global economy, business to business (B2B) integration with a global […]

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Steve Keifer

In 2009 GXS worked with AMR Research to conduct a study on the inter-relationships of B2B e-commerce deployments and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects.  One of the issues we explored was the level of exception processing required for supply chain transactions that flow directly from a B2B gateway into an ERP system.  AMR’s study found […]

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