When beginning to address these direct material supplier challenges, departments typically identify a specific problem to address in isolation. In many cases, these departments engage internal IT resources. At first glance, this approach appears to make sense, as internal IT projects are suited to address projects with a limited, well-defined scope. This is particularly important, because in many cases funding is viewed as a one-time expense; long-term support and maintenance are often not part of the funding plan for internal IT projects.
However, the complex business processes of product launch span multiple departments and include collaboration with external suppliers. This makes solving upstream supply chain problems more comparable with enterprise systems, rather than point solutions, requiring long-term planning, funding, and thorough business analysis to ensure that business processes and data are properly integrated. In these cases, commercial solutions are more likely to achieve the project’s long-term objectives and provide ongoing maintenance and support.
This document explores the minimal requirements of a product launch portal — both from capability and technical standpoints — in order to illustrate the benefits of implementing LiveSource, rather than creating another point solution from the ground up.