Desikan Madhavanur

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Over the last decade, supply chains have evolved to keep pace with changing business dynamics. This is especially true in high-tech electronics, where companies depend on an extended value chain of component suppliers, outsourced manufacturers, and logistics partners - not to mention B2B-integrated customers - to coordinate vital inter-company design and manufacturing processes. Adding to this complexity, business decisions are more centralized, while outsourced supply networks are increasingly distributed and global. As a result, extended supply chains face the challenge of being adaptable while integrating with distributed companies in real time to provide advanced decision support. Several new technology developments have been inspired by these challenges; the most notable is managing complex processes using Web services for real-time application-to-application ... (more)