Purchase Order and Order Confirmation are commercial business documents that define a trade transaction. In complex multilateral process industry lifecycle business the related engineering and plant asset information is at least as important and valuable as goods (hardware), the subject of the trade. Sometimes the information itself is the subject of the trade. Digitalization of the order and confirmation process means that all the information exchange must be automated – this includes both commercial and technical data. To reclaim the maximum benefits both the buyer and seller have to digitalize the corresponding workflows. Currently that can happen only occasionally in point-to-point cases or with simpler bulk products via e-catalogs when technical information exchange is irrelevant.
CollaXion™ is a new business digitalization platform for process industry’s investment projects and for operations & maintenance. CollaXion™ is also a collaboration platform facilitating informal communication. Different types of buyer’s or seller’s portals have been necessary steps in the evolution of digitalization towards the fully open network solutions. In the future the buyer’s and seller’s portals must be connected and their interface and related processes digitalized. To make this happen effectively requires global information exchange standardization and open network operators. Both already exist for exchanging commercial business documents. CollaXion™ completes the picture by facilitating technical information exchange, where still uncompleted global standardization must be compensated by different emerging industry and market area specific business ecosystems.
The main benefits of the CollaXion™ facilitated information flow are:
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ORDER and CONFIRMATION in process industry networks – summary
CollaXion™ platform as a part of open network operations