Executive group to drive IT supply chain standards

Executive group to drive IT supply chain standards

Top executives representing firms at all levels of the global IT supply chain next week will meet to form a new consortium aimed at defining electronic commerce and business rules allowing the channel to move goods around more efficiently.

Currently known as the ECOM Standards Initiative, the group includes top managers from major computer manufacturers and distributors, software developers, resellers, banking and accounting firms, large IT end users and systems integrators, says Fadi Chehade, executive director of the new consortium. Chehade, an executive with Ingram Micro, has been on loan to the ECOM initiative for the past six months.

"We will not sit around and argue about CORBA [Common Object Request Broker Architecture] or DCOM [Distributed Common Object Model]. We're levels above that," Chehade said.

Rather than defining low-level technology specifications the group will embark on the task of defining business rules for the IT supply chain and for conducting business-to-business electronic commerce.

The effort is partly driven by what he calls the "disintegration of the supply chain," in which IT buyers today demand products assembled from parts made by various vendors, paid for using a variety of options and delivered using multiple channels. That trend has increased the complexity of operations for all companies which are part of the IT supply chain and the group is looking to e-commerce as a means to increase efficiency and reduce cost in the channel, he says.

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