High-tech companies know supply and demand volatility. For over a decade, e2open has helped leading high-tech enterprises deliver on their promises by gaining visibility and collaborating with multi-tier trading partners to address volatility.
Data from suppliers, manufacturers, logistics and channel partners can help you make better business decisions. Leverage real-time data and artificial intelligence (AI) to manage constraints on components and logistics, safeguard customer service and enhance partner productivity.
Delivering on Your Promises
In an industry known for extremely short lead times for sales, how do you effectively build products that require expensive, hard-to-get components with long lead times? This common high-tech industry dilemma makes it essential to establish collaboration across your multi-tier network, visibility into every aspect of your supply chain from forecasts to purchase orders to logistics, and systems that help you reliably deliver on your promises.
Collaborating and Orchestrating
The high-tech industry was quick to reap the benefits of outsourced manufacturing. Yet even with years of experience, visibility and control are still ongoing challenges for companies when they collaborate with contract manufacturers (CMs). Major market disruptions add new complexities and greater competition for hard-to-get parts.
Establishing reliable supplier and CM partnerships that can meet today’s demanding business environment involves sharing forecasts, collaborating on commitments to purchase orders, easily onboarding suppliers and having complete visibility into your current inventory as well as the inventory and plans of your partners—at all levels. e2open’s connected business network delivers collaboration and orchestration between all tiers of partners and ecosystems, helping organizations like yours build and strengthen trustworthy partnerships.
Constantly Monitoring Inventory
Everyone is chasing after the same semiconductors—and the problem of shortages isn’t going away any time soon. Access to components as well as to logistics is constrained, forcing companies to plan further out. Your challenge is understanding the risk of depleted component inventory, tracking your liabilities and knowing about shortage issues early. Leveraging real-time data and AI allows you to see what’s happening and understand business impacts so you can communicate with partners to orchestrate the best course of action and learn for next time.
Using Channel Data to Drive Performance
The need for visibility extends to channel partners, because you require access to specific data to understand what products resonate with customers and how channels are performing in increasingly competitive markets. Collecting and analyzing data from a large and expanding distribution channel is often a manual and incomplete process. e2open securely collects partner data from every channel tier and normalizes it to make it decision-grade for use by other applications, such as forecasting and planning. This enables high-tech companies to drive optimal partner performance.
Advancing High Tech since Our Inception
e2open was founded in 2000 by eight of the largest high-tech companies at the time, following an initial charter to connect their common suppliers. The industry moved very rapidly from in-house manufacturing to an offshore, outsourced delivery model, creating the need for greater data sharing across the supply chain. Today we provide pre-built, reusable connections that allow us to quickly connect you to your network—from your Tier-1 partners to long-tail suppliers—regardless of their technological sophistication for data sharing. With our rapid onboarding process for new partners, we continually grow our business network, which today connects over 410,000 enterprises and captures more than 10 billion transactions annually.
Given our high-tech DNA, we have long-lasting relationships with many of the top brands in the industry, including four of the five largest high-tech companies. We run the complex, multi-tier supply chains of leading high-tech organizations to help them solve the problems of fulfilling volatile, near-term, configure-to-order demand with components that have lead times measured in months or even quarters. In short, we help our clients deliver on their promises.
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