Werner Busenius, Director, Sales
Today, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is considered an old technology by many IT professionals. Rather than focussing on EDI, most talented IT personnel are honing their skill sets towards newer web-based technologies and mobile applications. However, in the logistics landscape EDI technology is still the preferred way to communicate with suppliers. The problem though is that many suppliers do not have the capabilities to fully support the technical requirements. This in combination with the insufficient EDI standardization, results in its inadequate functioning on a global basis. Moreover, modern-day CIOs have limited EDI capacities, acting as another major disadvantage. Addressing the current challenge, SupplyOn AG offers web-based collaboration services to their customers. “Our WebEDI is optimizing organizations’ logistics and financial processes, giving them a transparent and secure exchange of information with suppliers and customers from delivery instructions to payment,” says Werner Busenius, Director Sales of SupplyOn AG. The company provides a central online platform, helping companies to manage their processes with business partners across continents in a structured, transparent and secured manner.
The company optimizes various processes with suppliers in the supply chain through cross-organization collaboration. “At SupplyOn, we believe that true collaboration cannot be achieved through a plain EDI-based data exchange,” notes Busenius. “EDI cannot support the complex supply chain processes of today, because a mere data transfer between separate ERP systems allows for no more than an isolated interpretation of potentially critical situations. We are providing both partners with a shared view of the actual supply situation and an automated early detection system, efficiently controlling organizations’ supply chain, enabling them to collaboratively resolve identified problems and, that way, avoiding costly bottlenecks.” adds Busenius. Offering more than pure data transmission, the company’s ‘supply chain monitor’ continuously evaluates requirements and available stock based on customer’s demand and if the platform detects any critical shortage of supply, it sends out an alert to both the supplier and the customer.
SupplyOn is hugely acclaimed for untangling enterprises’ complexities by successfully implementing end-to-end SCM processes throughout multiple levels of the supply chain. For example, Premium AEROTEC GmbH (PAG), a leading supplier in the aerospace industry was facing the issue of replacing their eSupply system with a sustainable solution. The organization opted for SupplyOn’s AirSupply solution that can handle highly collaborative order and delivery processes with suppliers as well as PAG’s customers. The implementation of AirSupply has helped the organization to introduce standard technology and processes in their IT department, thus resulting in lesser work, reduced costs and an increased project speed. In addition to that, as part of the supplier management stream SupplyOn consulting team provided PAG’s employees with training and information regarding the technical and contractual aspect of data exchange via AirSupply.
We are providing both partners
with a shared view of the
actual supply situation and
an automated early detection
system, efficiently controlling
organizations’ supply chain,
enabling them to collaboratively
resolve identified problems
and, that way, avoiding costly
SupplyOn has established a network of clients in the manufacturing industry that connects some 12,000 business in 70 countries. “Our core differentiation is the global network that represents SupplyOn’s professional web platform, which primarily connects a community of suppliers and customers,” explains Busenius. Simultaneously, SupplyOn offers multilingual help-desk services to their clients in order to resolve issues without any time zone limitation. Forging ahead, the company plans to utilize the IoT trend for advancing their platforms to make supply chains more stable and predictible. “We are aiming towards reducing global supply chain risks which is the need of the hour,” concludes Busenius.