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Outward bound

A practical guide to building an extended enterprise, and the adventures you'll encounter along the way


Straight Talk Series - Book #3 
The Extended Enterprise: It's been touted as the business world's next new thing. You know it by many names: Collaborative Commerce, ERP II, One Degree of Separation, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Enterprise Commerce Management... But what is it really?

Our third book in the Straight Talk Series spells it out in plain language.

Here's an excerpt:

Got aches and pains in those spaces between you and your business partners? If so, somewhere in there lies your starting place — where you'll begin building your Extended Enterprise. 

First, identify your most strategic partner. You know, the one who:

  • is likely to grow with you
  • has a culture that fits yours
  • has the technical ability to collaborate
  • offers substantial mutual benefit
  • is ready and willing to do it with you - not to you

Now, apply some pressure to the points where you:

  • don't share knowledge or expertise
  • duplicate each other's processes
  • aren't collaborating on product or service design
  • never seem to be able to sync up product and order flows
  • have inventories building up
  • struggle to get quotes, access to product specifications, and answers to each other's questions

Did you hear a big yelp? 

Start there. Where it hurts and matters most

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