Technologies such as cloud computing, mobile devices, social networking and big data are introducing new opportunities for customers and service providers. At GXS, our product strategy and R&D teams have been busy evaluating these new technologies to discover potential new applications for our customers. Read below to learn more about some of the new technology initiatives we have underway:
Circles for B2B
You probably know about Google+ Circles that individuals can use to network with their friends, families and co-workers online. Why don’t we have the same concept in business? There is great applicability for the concept of “circles” in the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce sector. If companies segmented their various business partners into circles, it would then be much easier to apply policies to govern the business processes and service levels for each group. Read more on Steve Keifer’s blog.
We Need a Social Graph for Supply Chain
One of Facebook’s most admired features is its social graph. The social graph shows the linkages and relationships between all the individual users on a social network. If you understand the idea of Six Degrees of Separation, then you have a general framework for a social graph. Unfortunately, we don’t have such a thing in the business world. No one has modeled the relationships between companies and their interactions with other companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain.
What is an iPaaS?
iPaaS is one of the most confusing terms in the cloud computing sector. Very few vendors, journalists or customers in the B2B integration truly understand the concept of iPaaS. But the idea behind iPaaS is actually quite simple. Historically, companies have licensed their own integration software which is run on their own servers behind the firewall. With iPaaS the integration technology moves into the cloud. Read more on Steve Keifer’s blog.