Collaboration is an idea whose time has come. This is particularly true in automotive procurement processes, given the need to manage extensive networks of suppliers spread around the world plus various carriers and modes of transport. The sheer number of persons and systems involved here produces a rich potential for collaboration.
In this fractured world of the automotive industry, the cloud is seen as the enabler of collaboration. A centralized IT platform paves the way to cross-enterprise workflows and offers a complete view of the procurement process, accelerating information and management processes.
This paper examines what collaboration means to the automotive industry and the specific benefits it brings to supply chain partners.