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Steve Banker What Is New in Supply Chain Visibility?

"Visibility" can have many meanings when it comes to enterprise applications. The major supply chain software suppliers have already invested heavily in several forms of visibility. But, this is just a start, with these same suppliers committing themselves to new related investments. In particular, JDA, Oracle, and SAP are all building what they call "control tower" capabilities. All three companies recognize that a variety of B2B networks has data needed to enhance end-to-end visibility of the supply chain and all share a vision of becoming a "hub of hubs."

Harry Forbes Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil Share Similar Vision for Process Automation

ExxonMobil's program to develop and prototype a highly interoperable multi-vendor process automation system has attracted attention in both the automation supplier and end user communities. One result of all this discussion and publicity is that other similar initiatives have come to light. Another company doing very similar work (but quietly and privately) is state-owned, Saudi Aramco. Aramco is the world's largest oil producer and like ExxonMobil easily has the size to undertake such an effort.