The first industrial revolution used fossil fuels to mechanise industry and make mass transport available; the second saw the rise of mass production; and the third the rise of automation in production. The fourth will see the lines between the physical, digital and even biological worlds begin to blur. What is different is the speed at which all of this is taking place. Businesses that fail to embrace it risk…Read More
HOW MONITORING CAN HELP TO ENSURE THAT YOUR BUSINESS STAYS HEALTHY
You can only run a business successfully if you understand what’s happening. In the past that’s been relatively easy, but as organisations become larger and more complex and rely increasingly upon technology, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with information to the point where you can’t see the important parts. Many applications, such as ERP systems and customer information systems offer insight into parts of the business, but it’s difficult to…Read More
Think Smarter and don’t walk a Tightrope with your Digital Integration Projects
W3 Smarter Integration Platform – helping to improve business efficiency by providing an integration capability in weeks rather than months. Businesses today are constantly under pressure to integrate their technology, both in-house and with their partners and suppliers, in order to streamline their operations and deliver a more efficient supply chain. To make sure that any such integration is as smooth and painless as possible, it’s essential to have a…Read More
RETAIL AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING INFORMED
In the modern world, no business exists in isolation. In the retail sector, perhaps more than any other, this means that information from customers, suppliers and distributors is vital to delivering effective services. Business to Business In order to succeed, retail and consumer companies are forging ever closer ties. This allows them to make better decisions, get goods to stores in a timely manner, and market them effectively. All of…Read More
Remove the Barriers and You can Close the Digital Divide.
You might think that as we become increasingly reliant upon technology in our everyday lives, any business would be keen to embrace the technological future in order to communicate better with its customers and improve profitability. However, research last year from the CBI and IBM (http://www.cbi.org.uk/news/digital-divide-among-uk-business-is-holding-back-the-economy/) reveals that there’s a growing digital divide emerging in the UK economy with a little over half of all companies embracing the digital economy…Read More
Value Chain to Value Network
Value chains have played a major part in organisational growth over the past years. However in the digital world the empowered buyer has become central to the supply process as quality, price and friction less delivery are increasingly vital as competition increases. This in turn drives the need for relationships between customers, suppliers and partners that are more multi-dimensional and as a consequence Value Chains are giving way to Value…Read More
Webinar – The Importance of APIs and Securing the Value Chain.
W3Partnership would like to invite you to our forthcoming webinar, “The Importance of APIs and Securing the Value Chain”. Our Speakers Marcus Langford – Chief Operating Officer of W3Partnership, who are Digital Integration specialist having delivered numerous Integration projects to the Retail, Industrial and Government Sectors. Andrew Howarth – UK Sales Lead for the IBM API Economy. Andrew has 20 years’ experience within IBM and a strong understanding of what…Read More
The Importance of Value Chains and API’s
Flexibility within a Value Chain is essential. Increasing global competition, accelerating technological change and expanding customer expectation are creating a turbulent environment. Today organisations source supplies and products from around the world and the need for flexibility as they choose the appropriate supplier are essential. Flexibility enables organisations to cope with change in a timely manner. By adopting an API lead approach an organisation optimises flexibility allowing it to adapt…Read More
The Value Chain and Your Data
APIs add value to a business. They facilitate exposing the value in one organisations data to be re-used in another organisations applications to benefit the Value Chain. An API is a powerful connection between a wide variety of business assets; systems, partners, suppliers, and customers. By creating re-usable APIs, organisations take advantage of the API economy. To benefit from this economy, you must implement a platform that can develop, organise,…Read More
Chaos or Calm in the Value Chain?
Having determined that APIs play a major role in your organisations Value Chain it is important that a structure is put in place that can fully manage this strategy. APIs need to be managed; versioned and secured. If you want to meet the demands of your organisation. You will want to make sure that duplication of effort is avoided by being able to search available APIs. You will probably want…Read More