Like every industry today, the world of manufacturing is facing increasing business pressures. Secure and seamless order fulfillment processes will not be sufficient to win and retain customer loyalty. Success for today’s manufacturers will depend on their ability to provide superior value to customers - not only through products and processes but also through services and solutions. To deliver this added value critical to customer retention, companies will have to deploy flexible and collaborative systems that decrease the time to market for innovative products with ever shorter lifecycles, while reducing costs and opening up new revenue streams.
The increasingly global nature of supply chains complicates these business issues. Most companies today have widely disparate systems, physically distributed across multiple sites. Inherent in these systems are complex applications that are core to the selling, development, manufacturing, and fulfillment processes; however, these applications were designed or deployed as independent non-integrated processes. This lack of integration of critical business processes and the weak - if any - linkage across systems has manifested itself in a siloed approach to various core processes in the value chain and has resulted in increased costs and lack of visibility in the supply chain.
How does HP’s vision of an adaptive enterprise address these supply chain challenges? As one of the world’s leading manufacturing companies, HP has extensive experience in both understanding the need for agility and the critical role that IT has in the support of worldclass processes for companies. The foundation of HP’s success is its drive to an adaptive enterprise allowing the business to focus on the needs of customers, manage costs, mitigate risk, and increase the quality of products and services.