...New Machine to Machine Connectivity Solution Allows Supplier to Integrate Directly To Buyers’ Enterprise Systems or Exchange Infrastructures...
Ironside Technologies Inc. – a leading supplier of sell-side B2B eCommerce solutions for the manufacturing and distribution markets – today announced the availability of Ironside Buyer Integrator, the latest addition to its Order Management Suite. Buyer Integrator aims to deliver on the promise of the B2B supply chain by integrating back end IT systems seamlessly in real-time between enterprises and their trading partners.
This Machine to Machine Connectivity enables scenarios such as a Coke machine that re-orders, without human intervention, when stocks run low, or an ice cream factory that automatically increases production when the weather changes. Despite the growth of B2B, Machine to Machine Connectivity has been difficult to achieve due to the complexity of getting disparate IT systems to exchange information in real-time.
Designed to allow suppliers to integrate directly seamlessly into the enterprise systems of their trading partners, Ironside Buyer Integrator enables the real-time acceptance of files directly from individual purchasing systems, translating them into the required format for the Ironside’s customers’ back-end ERP systems through use of XML. The Ironside Buyer Integrator connects suppliers to their buyers’ enterprise or by direct connections with exchange infrastructures. This new product improves order efficiencies for businesses looking to create private trading relationships for collaborative commerce.
“Industry observers should expect companies like Ironside, which has gained strong traction in vertical markets, to lead the industry in the creation of sell-side Private Trading Exchange (PTX) environments. The introduction of the Ironside Buyer Integrator further exemplifies the commitment Ironside has to enable clients looking to bridge their legacy systems with today’s order management systems,” said Louis Columbus, a sell-side e-commerce analyst at AMR Research. AMR Research predicted 2001 will be ““the year of the Private Trading Exchange.”
“Ironside has a deep commitment to providing sell-side e-commerce offerings that leverage a business’s existing enterprise technologies to make them a more efficient organisation,” said Derek Smyth, chief strategy officer of Ironside Technologies. “Buyer Integrator is an extension of this successful strategy, allowing suppliers to create enterprise-to-enterprise connections to their buyers that utilise existing technologies and the Internet to control costs and increase efficiency.”
With more than 180 customers, Ironside has dominated industries such as food, chemicals and electronics. SERCA Foodservice, Inc., a major distributor to restaurants and institutions, is leveraging Ironside’s technology to directly integrate with its customers’ enterprise systems, offering greater ease and convenience for its customers in terms of how they communicate and transact business. Eliminating the need for customers to double-key orders from their inventory management systems into the SERCA system, Ironside’s integration translates into better overall customer service.
“Two years after originally purchasing Ironside, the company has continued to evolve its product offerings to not only help us maintain a technology leadership position in the market, but also help us dramatically reduce transaction costs,” said INSERT SPOKESPERSON FROM SERCACraig Simpson, Vice President of Information Technology for SERCA Foodservice, Inc. “With more than 1,100 connect customers being connected to using SERCANet Online, and 12,4500 more customers expected to join by next year, Ironside’s Buyer Integrator has helped us set up direct connections with our customers.”
The Ironside Solution Suites combines order management, marketing, content management, logistics, customer service and finance suites as a selling platform for supplier and vendor management. It enables suppliers to connect to upstream trading partners with direct, real-time integration to all trading partners via browsers, wireless devices, eMarketplaces, eProcurement Systems and now any trading partner’s enterprise system.
About Ironside Technologies
Ironside Technologies is a global leader in supplier-focused business-to-business electronic commerce solutions, powering e-Commerce strategies for more than 180 manufacturers and distributors. Ironside solutions enable suppliers to integrate on-line channels with existing business strategies quickly and flexibly in order to deliver measurable results, strengthen trading partner relationships, drive revenues and increase operational efficiencies. The Ironside solution suites automate key business process such as order management, customer service, finance, vendor management and marketing, enabling suppliers to transact with trading partners in real-time through browsers, wireless devices, e-Marketplaces and e-Procurement systems. Ironside Powered® solutions integrate into virtually all enterprise business systems and are available as rapidly deployable integrated solutions for most leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) platforms.
For more information see http://www.ironside.com.
Chris Measures/Sarra Mander
Public Relations for Ironside
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