overall, departments know that they need to
work together. They just might not have access to
solutions that support that need, especially when
it comes to the extended supply chain.
We’re not just talking about collaboration
between departments — we’re talking about
collaboration between different companies as
well. In many businesses today, several functions,
such as manufacturing or even product development, are outsourced, so collaboration with your
outsourcing providers, suppliers, contractors, and
customers is critical.
For example, in the high-tech industry, where
the majority of manufacturing is now outsourced,
contract manufacturers should be treated as
extensions of your organization, so you need
visibility into their operations, just as you would
with your own manufacturing plants.
Ohnemus: SAP sees a lot of the same challenges
that our customers do in areas such as global com-
petition, innovation pressure, and cost pressure.
Our goal is to help our customers collaborate
better, decide better, and operate
better from idea formulation to
the delivery of their products.
To achieve this goal, we opti-
mize our various solutions with
new features and functions, while
always keeping in mind the end-
to-end process and how our
solutions link together.;
“Our goal is to help our customers
collaborate better, decide better,
and operate better from idea
formulation to the delivery of
— Thomas Ohnemus, SAP
Howells: SAP has also focused on
achieving the breadth in its solution portfolio to support the entire
idea-to-delivery process for our customers, and
our product development teams are committed
to continuously improving integration between
these solutions. n
; To learn more about the SAP solutions available in
the supply chain management, manufacturing, and
product lifecycle management areas, please see the
feature stories by Michael Lipton, Ganesh Hegde, and
Nadine Huelsen in this July-September 20;; issue of
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