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
Closing the Digital Divide
Closing the Digital Divide – Seven things you need to get right in order to take advantage of the digitised supply chain. More than ever before, commerce today relies upon close collaboration between businesses at all stages of the supply chain. This enables suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and ultimately customers to benefit from a boost in performance, reduced time-to-market and lower costs. Ultimately this means bigger profits, but it also gives…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
How black was your Friday?
From being a purely American phenomenon, the idea of Black Friday sales has rapidly caught on elsewhere in the last few years. 2016 saw Black Friday sales in the UK reach their highest level for two years (AUTHORITY URL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4007712/Black-Friday-sales-reached-highest-level-two-years.html) with more than £1.2 billion being spent online alone) Black Friday represents a pre-Christmas boost for retailers and a useful extension to the holiday shopping period. But the success of their…Read More
Unlocking data to provide customer insights
Information has always been key to understanding customers. In the days before information technology this manifested itself in the business owner knowing his or her clients and their tastes, asking after their children and generally building a positive relationship. In the information age things are, perhaps, a little more removed, but businesses have the potential to know more about their customers than ever before. Every transaction leaves a trail and…Read More
Payment Service Directive (PSD2) and what it means for retailers
The revised Payment Services Directive ( PSD2 ) was adopted by the European parliament in the final quarter of last year. Yet many retailers remain unclear about what it actually means for them or for their businesses. Let’s take a look at what changes it will make, why they’re important and how developing strong API’s will be key to implementing this new directive. Background The idea of the original Payments Services…Read More