Taking Advantage of Collaborative Commerce through a Collaboration Network

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The world has become so competitive that businesses have become dependent on their suppliers, customers, and other external partners. This increases the need for you to embrace Collaborative Commerce rather than escape the trend. A collaboration network and related cloud-based applications will help you reach beyond the four walls of your enterprise and help you collaborate with digital communities all around the world.

A cloud-based collaboration network features a back-end system that will improve business commerce collaboration, including e-procurement. It also includes a community of valued partners and trusted suppliers. Furthermore, it automates processes for transaction processing which supports contract invoicing, compliance, electronic catalogs, electronic payments, working capital and budget management.

What are the results of embracing Collaborative Commerce? It will help your business save money and drive the greatest efficiency from the supply chain. This, in return, will translate to healthier margins. You will have the flexibility to add supply chain applications necessary to grow your business and develop new business models. Customers will also benefit as the prices of products and services will also lower.

If you still have not grasped the importance of Collaborative Commerce, imagine the efficiency of your business when your orders are automatically confirmed; when you have paperless operations for ordering, account payables and receivables; and when you have on-time delivery of products and services. A collaboration network will transform your business and improve your supply chain from one end to another.

Through Collaborative Commerce, you will have a more efficient management of financial reserves and cash flow. You will also improve compliance and integrate manufacturing, supply ordering, manufacturing and service. You do not have to worry about less than reliable vendors as you will be able to research their quality and reputation. You will also have access to network intelligence and analytics.

In conclusion, there is no room for inefficiency in today’s competitive world. You must eliminate manual, paper-based invoicing and purchase order systems, lack of compliance, high supply chain and operations costs, and disparate financial processes. A collaboration network will help you procure, process, and manage your business more effectively. It will help you increase profitability, increase compliance, automate processes, and control your cash flow.

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Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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