Posts Tagged ‘ERP’

The Supply Chain Is One Big Graph In Start-up Elementum’s Platform

rsz_elementum_transport_appStartup Elementum wants to take supply chains into the 21st century. Incubated at Flextronics, the second largest contract manufacturer in the world, and launching today with $44 million in Series B funding from that company and Lightspeed Ventures, its approach is to get supply chain participants – the OEMs that generate product ideas and designs, the contract manufacturers who build to those specs, the component makers who supply the ingredients to make the product, the various logistics hubs to move finished product to market, and the retail customer – to drop the one-off relational database integrations and instead see the supply chain fundamentally as a complex graph or web of connections.

“It’s no different thematically from how Facebook thinks of its social network or how LinkedIn thinks of what it calls the economic graph,” says Tyler Ziemann, head of growth at Elementum. Built on Amazon Web Services, Elementum’s “mobile-first” apps for real-time visibility, shipment tracking and carrier management, risk monitoring and mitigation, and order collaboration have a back-end built to consume and make sense of both structured and unstructured data on-the-fly, based on a real-time Java, MongoDB NoSQL document database to scale in a simple and less expensive way across a global supply chain that fundamentally involves many trillions of records, and flexible schema graph database to store and map the nodes and edges of the supply chain graph.

“Relational database systems can’t scale to support the types of data volumes we need and the flexibility that is required for modeling the supply chain as a graph,” Ziemann says.

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Big Data Analytics As A Service, With An Ontology For Cross-Platform Analysis At Its Core

Oversight Systems is in the business of Big Data analytics. Come June, it also will be in the business of having its technology serve as a platform behind third-party business intelligence and analytics applications on-demand – including its ontology approach for integrating data from disparate enterprise systems.

The company currently provides packaged solutions that let front-line employees involved in processes such as procure-to-pay or order-to-cash conduct continuous transaction analysis for insights into transactions that violate business rules, so that the business can take action to close gaps and assure compliance to operational and regulatory requirements. The ontology it’s developed over the years, which includes proprietary semantic and relationship information and infers some additional information, is there to help with the acquisition and preparation of data.

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Mobile App Mila Uses Semantics To Match Micro-Entrepreneurs To Social Media Customer Leads

A mobile app released this week aims to give micro-entrepreneurs a hand-up when it comes to financial interactions with customers, as well as sussing prospects out to start with.

The app, called Mila, is a blend of two companies’ technologies: One of them is Core Systems, which has leveraged its history of providing enterprise resource planning (ERP) –related applications for large companies that use SAP software to enabling mobile invoicing functionality to small startups. The other is Knowledgehives, which developed the semantic technology Mila uses for matching micro-entrepreneurs with business leads.

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Manufacturing and the Internet of Things

A recent article takes a look at the role that the manufacturing industry is taking in the ‘Internet of Things.’ It states, “At its core, the whole idea of the ‘Internet of Things’ is to literally have everything imaginable connected to a network so that information from all these connected ‘things’ can be stored, transferred, analyzed and acted upon in new and, usually automated, ways via network connections with everything else… A lot of the groundwork supporting the potential for the Internet of Things is being laid in the manufacturing industries. Read more

What is the Potential of Semantic Technology – Part 1

Over the past two years I’ve tried very hard to help define the potential application for this technology area in the context of Information Technology disciplines or problem spaces – out of those efforts has come a focus on:

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Mitigating the risk of using semantics in the Enterprise

I was talking to a project manager within a large and very sophisticated enterprise this week about why her organization chose to go with an ERP-based implementation as opposed to a semantics-based implementation on a new master data system.  She was pushing for the semantic solution, but they weighed the pros and cons to each approach and came down in favor of the ERP system. 

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