Soa Helps To-order Manufacturers Streamline Business Operations

By: Caitlin Gilmore

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) essentially is a collection of services which facilitate the exchange of data between disparate systems. SOA allows different applications to communicate with each other and participate in business processes regardless of the operating systems or programming languages underlying those applications. This dramatically simplifies the ability to integrate systems and data. SOA can be distributed over a network and can be combined together and reused to create more integrated business applications. These services communicate with each other by passing data from one service to another, or by coordinating an activity between one or more services.

SOA helps To-order manufacturers respond more quickly and cost-effectively to ever changing market conditions. With a Service-Oriented Architecture, interactions with customers, partners, supply chain members, and colleagues become more flexible, collaborative and integrated. This is vital in today's continually evolving and challenging manufacturing environment. Business software such as, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) that utilizes this architecture gives manufacturers the additional tools to cohesively integrate with other systems enabling them to more effectively:
&bullReduce costs
&bullCollaborate globally with suppliers
&bullStreamline supply chain management
&bullManage resources more effectively
&bullDecrease lead times
&bullIncrease customer responsiveness
&bullAdapt to change more easily

VISIBILITY.net ERP gives manufacturers the flexibility to meet their challenging demands and increase efficiencies for all business operations. VISIBILITY.net is constructed using the Microsoft® Visual Studio.NET development environment. This standards based solution includes the use of managed code and Service Oriented Architecture delivering a highly integrated and scalable enterprise-wide business system. Web services deliver a productive work environment, with virtually no application cost incurred on the client workstation device, including application related support costs.

VISIBILITY.net is an integrated in-house ERP solution offering comprehensive business functionality and integrated workflow specifically designed for Complex Product Manufacturers. This browser-based solution, cost effectively delivers the power of .NET-based Web services for use with either a Microsoft SQL Server(TM) or Oracle® database. The technical foundation for this comprehensive business solution (ERP) allows Complex Product manufacturers to conduct business any place, any time, any where with unprecedented adaptability, access to data, collaborative capabilities and business scalability.

Visibility Corporation is a leading developer and supplier of business software solutions designed for the unique needs of project-based, engineer-to-order and to-order manufacturers. Visibility's Enterprise Application solutions help midsize manufacturers of complex products operate their businesses effectively. Visibility has an extensive customer base throughout North America and Europe and has the strongest representation of ERP among complex product manufacturers.

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