Microsoft has released software to allow developers to tailor supply chain middleware products for its forthcoming Office 2007 platform.
The Reference Application Pack for Supply Chain Management covers various collaboration scenarios across organisational boundaries.
Microsoft said, “Traditional business applications do not enable collaboration across functional boundaries - which forces information workers to use personal productivity tools to fill these gaps in order to conduct business.”
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Microsoft said this leads to a loss in productivity as users are forced to cross from one set of tools to another. Information workers need to bridge this divide in a way that is seamless, synchronised and secure, said the firm.
This requires a new breed of composite applications that can support cross-functional processes, and which can be assembled from the collection of information assets that the business has already deployed, said Microsoft.
The Office 2007 system provides a platform for building these kinds of composite solutions, which are called Office Business Applications (OBAs).
Microsoft has therefore launched the OBA for supply chain management (SCM) as its first effort to address Office 2007’s new capabilities.
The reference application pack provides details on architecture, development models and what the end user experience will be like.
Systems requirements for the software are Windows Server 2003 and Office 2007 Beta 2.