Global competition accompanied by intense business pressure is asking for an adoption of networked concepts and methods to stabilize and expand supply chains. This requires companies to turn away from traditional concepts of competition towards a networked, service-oriented economic thinking and the dissolution of hierarchical structures in favor of decentralized, networked forms of organization, which enables targeted, integrated exchange of relevant supply chain information such as planning data and forecast data. An ideal type of work-sharing, interactive value-added processes in supply chains, including all actors from producers to end users and involving all relevant information, can hardly be found in current practice. The classical electronic data interchange (EDI) played an important role in the evolution of SCM. However, the adoption of EDI standards and formats has not been progressed as rapidly and widespread as expected. Comprehensive technical requirements, specific technical know-how and high investment costs for expensive and inflexible infrastructure in conjunction with customization of business processes needed to be in accordance to EDI standards can be considered the main reasons for that. This led to the point that EDI formats were primarily used by larger companies, which causes that many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are excluded from the automated exchange of information in supply chains or are forced by larger companies to implement EDI standards in order to keep up business with them. Currently discussed concepts of "Enterprise 2.0", the use of interactive and collaborative Web 2.0 technologies, concepts and applications within and between companies, enable flexible, loosely-coupled integration and ad-hoc information exchange and therefore have the potential to overcome these deficiencies.
The main objective of the research project SCIM 2.0 is to develop a conceptual procedure that allows to effectively and efficiently identify, process, accumulate and subsequently exchange relevant and meaningful information among members of the supply chain, implement the concept using state-of-the-art Enterprise 2.0 as well as semantic representation technologies, and to proof the concept in the form of exemplary pilot projects together with industry partners within a supply network.
Das Projekt wird im Programm COIN Cooperation & Innovation durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend sowie das Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie gefördert.