Digital disruption transforms businesses by enabling new business models. It is caused by the introduction of technological innovation. Digital disruption directly impacts the value of existing products and services offered in the industry. It is changing the ways (and introducing new ways) organizations work and interact with their clients, suppliers, partners and even employees.

Your supply chain is the engine that runs your business – it, too, must transform. Cloud-based business-to-business (B2B) networks are gradually proving a disruptive technology that can fuel growth and help meet the needs of today’s demanding environment.

Cloud-based B2B networks? That isn’t totally new, I hear you think. From where this new interest in something that has been around for some time, and is building on 40-year-old EDI technology? What is driving this renewed interest in digital transformation and cooperation?

Well in short: Customers satisfaction is becoming more and more important and they are driving the need.

Terms like IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, Hadoop, etc are hot topics. Cheap wearables, drones, 3d printers and mobile devices are steadily flowing into the market. Their application continually renew the way users view the world. As soon as trends emerge suppliers try to adopt.

For companies to react quickly the changing directions and trends, they need good information. This need leads to an interest in establishing a ‘digital backbone’ first for their own business, but secondly expanding across the supply chain (integrating external partners into internal business flows).  Trends change rapidly, so it makes sense to consider outsourcing the management of existing B2B integration platform so focus can be given to new digital transformation projects. Internal resources are just too valuable and with outsourcing to cloud based B2B EDI services, companies can stay at the forefront of EDI specific developments, and still be able to give digital disruption projects priority.

37% of companies think that cloud based edi solutions can give them extra bandwidth in developing digital transformation projects. Companies are redefining their structure. More and more are appointing a CDO (Chief Digital Officer) or are reinventing the role of their traditional CIO. Where CIO were responsible for IT projects and integration of the various systems and connectivity to supply chains, the new role encompasses the embracement of these new technologies, of these new devices, and sculpt systems that supply valuable information with which companies can renew themselves, to gain the next edge over the competition.

Only 36% of companies see themselves are renewers and transformers of business, while 8% label themselves as laggards and resist change. That leaves a large part of companies that needs help moving along the digital transformation curve.

70% of companies state they are using B2B cloud networks today in some way or form, which is impressive since cloud centric EDI solutions only went mainstream around 2010. Perceived benefits are reduced cost, improved productivity improved business planning and improved service performance.

“It is critical that companies realize that an outsource B2B integration capability allows internal resources to be allocated to more strategic projects while ensuring that a ‘best in class’ infrastructure is enabled” (IDC, December 2016)

66% of companies state are considering outsourcing their B2B integration to a trusted partner. This reinforces the fact that B2B integration is still considered vital and part of the company strategy.

“B2B integration is an important part of the supply chain restructuring and an important enabler of digital transformation. Significant opportunities remain to automate manual paper based processes in support of broader digital strategies” (IDC, December 2016)

This adds to demonstrate that EDI still is of the utmost importance, that is in the next stage of its evolution and that B2B Managed Services supports digital transformation initiatives.

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(source IDC, December 2016)