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2011 PMAC National Conference in Whistler

B2B Connex will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the upcoming 2011 PMAC National Conference in Whistler from June 8th-June 10th.

I will be providing onsite, live demonstrations of the B2B Connex supplier portal solution as well as answering questions about how organizations can streamline their purchasing communication processes. B2B Connex has a number of success stories available from our client base on how the supplier portal solution enabled them to save big on non value add manual tasks such as faxing PO’s.

We will have an exciting contest for PMAC members to take advantage of, all you have to do is stop by and say hello at booth 19.

Look forward to seeing you in Whistler!

About B2B Connex Supplier Portal
B2B Connex Supplier Portal reduces costs and lead times by letting buyers manage by exception, and by improving supplier performance by capturing information not available in ERP systems. B2B Supplier Portal is applicable for both direct material and MRO orders, across multiple plants or ERP systems.

About PMAC
The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading, and the largest, association in Canada for supply chain management professionals. The national voice for advancing and promoting the profession of supply chain management, PMAC sets the standard of excellence for professional skills, knowledge and integrity.

About PMAC 2011 Show
Canada’s premier event for supply chain management professionals is also the largest. Each year, 500 top procurement and SCM decision-makers come to learn the latest developments and best practices in the profession.

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5 Steps to a successful implementation of a supplier portal

When planning a new implementation of the B2B Connex supplier portal, there are 5 steps that must be taken.

1. Integration

The integration is usually done by exchanging XML messages often in the form of flat files transferred between systems. The XML formats are not set, but can be any format depending mainly on the ERP system that is being integrated with. If there is not already an XML based integration available for the target ERP system, one will have to be created for each of the types of business documents desired (PO, PO Confirmation, Invoice, etc.). The creation of new integrations can be done through services or by in-house staff. If in-house staff are doing the integration development services staff can provide the initial understanding of the techniques required to successfully build this integration.

2. Installation

The installation can usually be done in one or two days depending on the complexity of the requirements. For instance, a single server installation that is installed behind a pre-existing firewall might take less than one day, but a more complex installation including multiple servers or tiers in a clustered configuration for load balancing could take 2-3 days to install and verify.

3. Configuration

There are several configuration options that need to be set during the implementation of a new installation. This increases with the number of business documents that are being deployed (PO, Invoice, RFQ, etc.) as well as the optional use of additional modules such as the Vendor Information Centre or the B2B Direct module that provides EDI functionality. This configuration can take from one day to a week or occasionally longer depending on this complexity.

4. Training

The training of business people on the use of the supplier portal is not a lengthy process. This can be done in 2 to 3 days depending on the scale of the implementation as well as the number of people taking part. Business training is given to buyers, managers, A/P personnel etc. to give them an understanding of the work flow in the product and administrative training is given to the staff assigned to support the portal. Supplier training can also be arranged or a “train-the-trainer” approach can be used where your staff instructs personnel about how to train the suppliers that will be asked to access the system.

5. Supplier Rollout

There is a recommended procedure used to bring new suppliers onto the system. This includes ensuring that the suppliers can access the software, that the appropriate information about the supplier is known (email addresses, etc.), and that the suppliers receive the appropriate training on the use of the system. The total time required to bring a single supplier on-board is usually measured in hours rather than days, so this process is minimal provided that you have a process in place.

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B2B Connex – Providing efficient purchasing processes for buyers and suppliers

The following describes a typical purchasing scenario between buyer and supplier with the B2B Connex Supplier Portal

1. The supplier is notified by e-mail

Purchase Order Email Notification
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2. The supplier easily navigates from the e-mail to the B2B Connex Supplier Portal application

3. The supplier views the new PO and decides on the appropriate action

B2B Connex Purchase Order
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4. The supplier may request negotiable changes as required. Negotiations can be completed on a price, quantity and delivery date

5. The buyer sees the supplier’s response on a work-list

B2B Connex Purchase Order List
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6. The buyer views the request for a change

7. The buyer acts on the request, and accepts/rejects the change

Buyer Accepts Purchase Order Change
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8. The purchase order change is sent back to ERP from the Portal

The B2B Connex solution provides a simple and easy to use supplier portal to help facilitate a 2 way negotiation between a supplier and a buyer. The solution provides everything a buyer needs to communicate with suppliers while removing:
– paperwork
– faxing
– telephone calls
– confusion
– re-keying

Additionally, the B2B Connex supplier portal provides a process for tracking PO fulfillment and an audit trail of activity, available for reporting.

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