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Integrated Business Ecosystem: The Key to Margin Advantage

Date: November 04, 2004

Time: 12:00 pm US Eastern

All dates and times are NY local time, please consult your favorite world clock to determine when this webinar takes place in your time zone.

Featured Speakers:

Fadi Chehadé, Chairman & CEO, Viacore, Inc. (bio)
Hollis Bischoff, Vice President, META Group (bio)


Beth Gold-Bernstein

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Business Process Outsourcing, outsourced contract manufacturing and the proliferation of RFID technology is fueling the need for companies to engage in "real-time" information sharing across enterprise boundaries. Through information sharing, companies are able to respond to market demand, eliminate value chain misalignments, decrease costs and improve operational efficiencies.

Creating a business ecosystem with real-time information sharing is no small feat. It requires the integration and collaboration of information and processes from hundreds and even thousands of business partners. Companies are also faced with implementing and maintaining supply chain software, technology and services to manage their integrated ecosystem on an ongoing basis.

Companies that have developed real-time business ecosystems are realizing that information sharing is more than an effective partner collaboration tool. It's becoming a strategic asset. One recent study concluded that information sharing with its ecosystem of partners is the single largest contributor to Wal-Mart's margin advantage. Notably, information sharing yielded a six percent margin

This hour-long Webinar will explore:

  • Advantages of dynamic information sharing through an integrated business ecosystem
  • Developing information sharing capabilities that produce strategic assets
  • Scaleable solutions for large trading partner communities that enable cost-effective information sharing
  • Best practices from the company responsible for integrating and managing B2B Partners of Cisco Systems and Arrow Electronics

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Featured Speaker Bios:

Fadi Chehadé is Chairman & CEO of Viacore, Inc. Viacore, founded in April 1999 is the world's leading B2B Hub deployment and management solution which provides BusinessTone®, a complete solution for global 2000 companies that need to rapidly and cost-effectively integrate information and processes throughout their business ecosystem.

In addition to Viacore, Fadi was responsible for founding RosettaNet, the computer and electronic components industries leading eBusiness consortium. Mr. Chehadé still remains active in the RosettaNet organization and holds seats on the RosettaNet Executive Council, Solution Provider Council and the Telecommunications Council.

Prior to RosettaNet, Chehadé was vice president of Ingram Micro's Customer Information Services Group where he led the creation and development of Ingram Micro's web-based extranet, successfully weaving hundreds of suppliers and thousands of resellers into a powerful business web of applications and content. In a period spanning more than a decade, Chehadé has built and promoted tools and practices that foster cooperation between computer companies to facilitate electronic commerce amongst themselves and with their trading partners. In 1992, he launched nettConnection™, an innovative Lotus Notes-based extranet application, linking companies in the U.S. to their distribution channel partners in 36 countries, enabling efficient commerce and structured information sharing.

Chehadé is a graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a master's degree in Engineering Management. He also earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Polytechnic University in New York.

Hollis Bischoff has more than 15 years of experience in business transformation and process management. An international expert on optimizing and automating business processes across silos and the extended enterprise, she also is recognized for her work in Web services, brand strategies, strategic planning, integration, and IT/organization alignment. Ms. Bischoff is recognized as a thought leader in integrating "e" and technology into the business environment in practical, innovative, and evolutionary ways. Prior to joining META Group in April 1999, she held various management and senior staff positions in e-business, IT architecture, and strategic planning with firms in the technology, manufacturing, and retail sectors. Ms. Bischoff received a BS in Commerce from DePaul University.

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