Driving supply chain innovation and customer success at Enterprise World 2018

Only a few days to go until OpenText™ hosts its largest conference of the year, Enterprise World 2018 in Toronto – but there is still time to register. OpenText™ Business Network will be hosting thirty informative breakout sessions on how we enable intelligent and connected digital ecosystems around the world, and this year we have a strong theme around innovation and customer success.

I have had a busy time preparing for this year’s event and what an event it will be! In addition to our more traditional B2B integration and secure messaging sessions, we will also feature a number of sessions focused on  the disruptive technologies that are becoming part of many digital transformation strategies today.

This time last year OpenText acquired Covisint, which brought with it two new capabilities relating to Identity and Access Management (IAM) and the Internet of Things (IoT). We have also been busy exploring use cases for blockchain in the supply chain, and identifying how our AI and Machine Learning solution, OpenText™ Magellan™, can be leveraged across a supply chain environment.

In addition to disruptive technologies, we also have a number of customers presenting during Enterprise World, including Siemens, Nestlé and Ford. Each will share insights on how they are working with OpenText Business Network to transform their supply chain operations and provide a digital ecosystem which is intelligent, connected and collaborative.

Here is a selection of just some of our key breakout sessions below. The full line-up can be found here.

BNX-101: How Siemens is leveraging B2B Managed Services to digitize their supply chain

Companies are faced with multiple demands and challenges. Whether internal initiatives, such as ERP consolidation; go-to-market strategies, such as M&A activity or meeting external forces and mandates, such as electronic invoice compliance—enterprise resources are stretched thin. In this session, Siemens will explain how they are leveraging the community on-boarding capabilities of B2B Managed Services to connect over 100,000 trading partners to Siemens ESI + (Electronic Supplier Integration) program, enabling them to quickly digitize the important P2P processes and replace the vulnerable paper processes of the past.

BNX-104: Internet of Things – What you need to know

Obstacles are plenty when digitizing your business, and connecting multiple digital ecosystems. Complex chaotic ecosystems, difficult developer experience, and ever-changing security needs are just a few challenges. Learn how OpenText Covisint IoT platform provides flexible, abstracted digital twin device modelling with auto provisioning and scalability, allowing for rapid go-to-market IoT solutions.

BNX-105: Blockchain in the supply chain: is it real?

Blockchain is one of the most interesting technologies to enter the market in years but how can supply chains leverage this technology in the future? Craig Wentworth, Principal Analyst at MWD Advisors, has spent considerable time looking at this technology and other disruptive technologies such as IoT and AI to see how they will impact tomorrow’s digital business. Blockchain by itself is an interesting piece of technology but when combined with IoT and AI it offers an interesting value proposition for supply chain leaders. This session will discuss what Blockchain is and what it isn’t, how it could potentially be leveraged across a supply chain and how when combined with IoT and AI could transform tomorrow’s supply chains into ‘Autonomous Supply Chains’.

BNX-106: Internet of Things – connecting digital ecosystems

From mobile phones to connected home equipment, connected cars and corporate systems to smart sensors and industrial machinery, our world has become a tightly knit web of digital interactions. And with each one of these new opportunities, there are new risks. The rapid expansion of connected devices has helped businesses grow beyond their four walls and enterprises see both the real opportunity of connecting their ecosystems as well as the real need to ensure their systems and information are secure. Is that balance possible? Learn how OpenText Covisint blends both IAM and IOT to define the relationships between people, systems and things and then authenticate them, authorize secure interactions and exchange data in real-time. These are the foundations for a securely connected digital ecosystem.

BNX-112: Mobilizing the order to cash process at Nestlé

Mobile devices have transformed how consumers can get access to information any time, any place or anywhere. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend of recent years has enabled employees to use their own devices in the work place and this has fueled the growth in mobile device applications across the extended enterprise. In this session, Nestlé provides some insights into how they manage the day to day order to cash process across their business and how a bespoke order management mobile app has transformed the order to delivery aspect of this process. This session will also include a live demonstration of the mobile app.

BNX-113: Securing the connected supply chain

Supply chains are evolving with new technologies like IoT and smart sensors, and machine-to-machine connections are forecast to grow from 5 billion to 27 billion by 2024. Valuable information is accessible by the many people, systems and things in the supply chain and the significant opportunity created by connecting everything also broadens security risks like exposing sensitive data through endpoint security breaches. This session will cover the benefits of a connected supply chain as well as how to keep it secure using OpenText Covisint’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform, which manages the end-to-end identity lifecycle and enables the right access at the right time by employees, partners, customers and devices to the systems across the supply chain.

BNX-118: How Ford transformed their treasury management process with B2B integration

As companies seek to improve cash flow, achieve greater cash visibility, consolidate their banking relationships, increase straight through processing, and reduce bank fees and costs, treasurers are undertaking strategic digital transformations of their financial, IT and business operations. Part of that transformation should include an examination of whether their network connectivity is hampering the process. This session presented by Ford Motor Company’s Kermala Dudley (Treasury Supervisor) will discuss the transformation journey that Ford executed in recent years in partnership with OpenText Business Network. The session will discuss how Ford was able to speed up connectivity with their banks and achieve higher Straight Through Processing (STP) rates and better cash visibility across their global banking system. The session will also review the challenges of corporate to bank integration and the solutions that OpenText can provide.

If you have already registered for Enterprise World then hopefully this blog will provide some guidance on which sessions to attend. If you haven’t registered, what are you waiting for?! Learn more about Enterprise World.

Mark Morley

As Director, Strategic Product Marketing for Business Network, Mark leads the product marketing efforts for B2B Managed Services, drives industry and regional alignment with overall Business Network product strategy and looks at how new disruptive technologies will impact future supply chains. Mark also has over 23 years industry experience across the discrete manufacturing sector.

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