Module 1 – Case
Supply Chain Integration
For this case study please read the article below concerning the government setting supply chain standards to enable better integration within the supply chain. This article and your background articles should provide you with a good start on writing a 5-6 page paper discussing the following issue. Please supplement the paper with other references of your choice.
How will setting supply chain standards improve supply chain management?
Thibodeau, P., (2002). Supply chain standards up for federal funding. Computerworld, 36(42). Retrieved on December 9, 2014, from ProQuest. (EBSCO Accession Number 7587647)
Abstract: Congress is considering legislation authorizing $47 million to help develop supply chain integration standards The legislation, the Enterprise Integration Act of 2002, has been approved by the US. House and is pending in the Senate. It has no apparent opposition and is backed by industry groups.
Research the topic with information from the background readings as well as any other resources you find on your own. The paper should be 5-6 pages in length and have a cover sheet and a reference page. Clarity of presentation is important, as well as your ability to cover the topic in a succinct, organized manner with research to back up your points. Use at least 3 different sources of information and annotate your sources of information appropriately on your references page and within the text as necessary. You will be assessed on how well you develop this case and demonstrate your understanding of the overall concept of supply chain integration and its many benefits. Submit your assignment for grading by the end of this module.
Songini, M.L. (2002). SAP plans apps to link plants, supply chains. Computerworld, 36(45), 20. Retrieved on December 9, 2014, from ProQuest. (EBSCO Accession Number 7887672)
Abstract: SAP has set up a team of developers to focus on collaborative production and supply chain applications that will work together as one system. The promised product suite will integrate operations ranging from raw materials procurement to the shipment of finished goods. The envisioned result: improved inventory turns, shorter manufacturing cycle times, better quality management and a reduction in overall operating costs and working capital needs.
Holley, C. J. (2002). The urge to merge: Integrating front- and back-end systems. Customer Inter@ction Solutions, 21(3), 38-41. Retrieved on December 9, 2014, from ProQuest. (ProQuest doc ID 208160220)
Abstract: Integration between front- and backend systems, including complete supply chain integration, can enhance customer service, increase productivity and, ultimately, provide significant returns on investment. Without this integration, back-end systems like human resource, finance and ERP applications remain unexploited, and frontend systems like marketing, sales, CRM and customer service and support applications are relegated to basic contact, account management and order processing functions. The primary challenge is the often proprietary and disparate technologies developed by multiple vendors that run front- and back-end systems. The cost of determining the exact points of interface between systems, then designing custom interfaces for these points, is often higher than what many organizations are willing to pay. The good news is that emerging Web services standards are making integration easier.
NOTE: For help locating the readings, please see the ProQuest Document IDs and EBSCO Accession Numbers shown on the Course Materials / Bibliography page of the Course Syllabus.