green-initiatives-1024x1023For years we’ve been aware of Manufacturing Companies implementing LEAN initiatives. Those same concepts were looked at for the Retail industry over the last 5 years, and companies were building out teams that were tasked with looking within their organization to improve the customer experience and provide better value through the elimination of waste. These days those same principles are being used, but many organizations are taking the concept future through “Green” initiatives.

saastaxIt appears, based on ec-bp.org’s recent survey of SaaS-based solutions for EDI and supply chains, that there’s some trepidation about software-as-a-service. So much so that more than half (56 percent) of the survey respondents said they aren’t comfortable using SaaS for their ERP services, and almost half (45 percent) said they aren’t comfortable with SaaS for their supply chains.

portalMore and more, I’m hearing about Retailers or other buying organizations that either have, are in the process of implementing, or are looking at investing in a supplier portal service for electronic trading. Certainly there may be some need for something like this, however I would caution those organizations to truly look at the value that you as the Retailer or Sponsor of this technology are gaining with this investment. I’ve addressed this topic a few times in the past but wanted to make sure that those companies going down this path are making an informed decision. Below are reasons for thinking about Supplier portal –

left_the_buildingWell, at least some software has moved beyond the firewall. It seems like only last year the debates were raging about the safety and security of hosting data and applications on platforms that were not under the lock and key control of the enterprise. Today, that debate has substantially moderated.

cloud2Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtual resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure "in the cloud" that supports them.