Integration brokerage (IB) is a service offering within the market category of IT services that is oriented toward electronic data interchange (EDI) and B2B e-commerce integration services. These services include initial integration and recurring managed services but can also include cloud service integration, mobile app integration and Internet of Things (IoT) integration. One form of IB is focused on B2B integration and is often called B2B-or EDI-managed services because of its origins and sustained, prominent use in e-commerce. Another form of IB, delivered from system integrators is focused on internal application-to-application (A2A) integration. More recently, these two different types of IB started to compete with each other in A2A and B2B scenarios, and also increasingly for cloud service integration (CSI), mobile app integration and (nascent) IoT integration.
Multienterprise supply chain business networks support a community of trading partners that need to work and communicate/collaborate on business processes that extend across multiple enterprises, with an end-to-end / shared focus. Such networks are owned and managed by third-party software vendors, and provide their community of buyers, sellers and partners with multienterprise functionality, services and security. It is the shift from enterprise centric mindset to a real multienterprise in support of the DDVN outside-in approach.
Gartner defines Supply Chain Planning Solutions as a platform that provides technology support which allows a company to manage, link, align, collaborate and share its planning data across an extended supply chain. It supports demand creation, detailed supply-side response, strategic and tactical-level planning. A SCP solution is the planning decision repository for a defined end-to-end supply chain and is the environment in which end-to-end integrated supply chains are managed. Core capabilities of SCP solutions are: Demand Planning (e.g. demand forecasting and consensus demand planning); Supply Planning (e.g. inventory planning, replenishment planning, order promising, production planning, production scheduling); and Support for aligning planning decisions across the enterprise and across multiple planning time horizons. Optional capabilities of SCP solutions are: Advanced analytics and AI; Digital Supply Chain Twin; Integrated Business Planning; Continuous Planning; and Supply Chain Segmentation.