In Real Time: Managing the New Supply Chain

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The Internet
Mega-Portal: Technology
and Business Process
Functionality

The broad vision of the Internet mega-portal is exciting, yet remains a goal not fully realized by any organization to date. Components of the vision have been implemented, as firms have been putting in place the major building blocks of the Internet mega-portal. Yet, the complete vision—in which all transactions within the organization as well as transactions between the organization and its external partners are completed through the portal in real time and supported by a real-time virtual database—remains unfulfilled. Nevertheless, the path forward will clearly lead to full implementation of the concept. Indeed, those organizations failing to recognize the potential benefits of the new vision and move aggressively toward implementation will be left behind.

The purpose of this chapter is twofold: To present a detailed picture of the technology behind the Internet mega-portal at all levels and to describe the myriad business functions and supply chain control activities that the Internet mega-portal facilitates.


TECHNOLOGY OF THE INTERNET MEGA-PORTAL

Currently, much of the technology that supports the supply chain is made up of disparate systems, which cannot easily [talk] to one another or pass information from one system to another. This patchwork of systems can process information only sequentially as it moves from

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • 1: Introduction to the Real-Time Supply Chain 1
  • 2: The Internet Mega-Portal 13
  • 3: The Internet Mega-Portal 27
  • 4: Enabling the Enterprise Supply Chain Mega-Portal 45
  • 5: Beyond the Four Walls 67
  • 6: Real-Time Visualization and Modeling of Supply Chains 99
  • 7: Putting the Mega-Portal to Work 123
  • 8: Real-Time Supply Chain Mega-Portals 145
  • Appendix 151
  • Index 157
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