Technology Roadblocks on the Supply Chain Highway

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Mathieu Guerville
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IP and CBI protection
Mathieu Guerville   1/18/2015 7:50:07 PM

Both fair questions, especially in light of data security breaches taking the spotlight recently at Sony and Target.

It's unfortunately apparent that data and information security are evolving as fast if not faster than the field of supply chain management. Therefore, while we can't make the claim that any platform is offering a futureproof 100% assurance of data security, we can at least appreciate the fact that supply chain information and management platform providers have a core competency in technology and data security as a high priority.

High standards (SAS 70, SSAE 16, SOC 2 or SOC 3) and a focus on continuing improvement around data security should be non-negotiable expectations of any third party handling IP or confidential business information (CBI)

As such these 3rd party plaforms may very well be the most secure link in the long chain connecting endless nodes of suppliers, buyers and distributors.

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Supply Network Guru
Collaboration and protecting trade secrets
Jacob   1/7/2015 11:15:35 PM
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"Any technology solutions that slow down product development cycles significantly or expose trade secrets are pointless. Technology must convey a competitive advantage, not a handicap. A trusted third party can serve as a hub of globally consolidated information, protecting proprietary intelligence while supplying end-to-end supply chain visibility that facilitates sustainability and regulatory compliance without hindering rapid product development."

Matheiu, protecting IPR in global scenario is very difficult; especially if there is a collaboration with third party agencies/vendors. So IPR cell have to well address such issues before venturing into any tpe of collaborations.

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Supply Network Guru
Ariella   1/7/2015 5:58:51 PM

"Before they embrace an information-sharing solution, they must have utter confidence in its ability to protect their proprietary data and intelligence." That makes sense. Do you think getting such assurance is really feasible?

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