SAP and their BPO partner for EDI and B2B have now made it possible for businesses in the transport logistics sector, which use the SAP® Transportation Management (SAP TM) application, to benefit from the advantages of comprehensive B2B connectivity. The network comprises preconfigured profiles based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA), which enables businesses to exchange transport-related data with their business partners on an ad-hoc basis. More than 40,000 businesses can already be reached via the B2B platform. Point-to-point connections with business partners, which are commonly used today, are therefore no longer necessary.
Transport management is not an isolated business area; it is one of the fundamental core processes of virtually every business. For this reason, it is especially important to integrate it with the other processes – even extending outside the company – in order to help ensure transparency and efficiency throughout the entire value chain. This strengthens a company’s competitive advantage in today’s market, which is characterized by open borders and growing globalization. As a result of the economic crisis, cost optimization and export slumps represent new challenges. For those companies that want to be in business and expand their market position, they need a system that can do more than just map all the processes; they need one that helps guarantee connectivity to business partners and logistics providers.
In this market segment, SAP TM has proven itself capable of effectively supporting complex transport networks. Its functionalities include managing transportation requests, planning and subcontracting, tendering of transports and calculating transportation costs for customers and logistic service providers. In short, SAP TM supports SAP customers with the professional execution of the entire transportation process.
An expanded supply chain and the ever-increasing number of business partners make collaboration between partners essential. However, different IT systems, numerous modes of communication and the lack of uniform global B2B standards can often impede smooth communication. SAP TM has a solution for this, which makes individual partner interfaces unnecessary. With just one connection to their BPO partner for EDI and B2B, users of SAP TM can, for example, exchange freight orders directly with transport service providers. Furthermore, booking confirmations for cargo space can be transferred directly into the client’s system. The B2B Network already provides the possibility to communicate with more than 40,000 business partners in all sectors worldwide.
Bernd Mosbrucker, director of Solution Management SAP SCM at SAP AG, explains the background: “An important part of a solution for planning and carrying out transport orders is forging a network with external service providers and business partners. This establishes cross company value scenarios for efficient and interactive collaboration.”
Connecting to the Business-Ready Network allows customers to communicate with business partners using all ERP systems and communication standards – with just a single interface. The solution conforms to the SAP strategy and utilizes the contents of a service-oriented architecture.