Using Enterprise Architecture for the Alignment of Information Systems in Supply Chain Management

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Torben Tambo


Using information systems in supply chain management (SCM) has become commonplace, and therefore architectural issue are part of the agenda for this domain. This article uses three perspectives on enterprise architecture (EA) in the supply chain: The “correlation view,” the “remote view” and the “institutional view.” It is shown that the EA in the domain of supply chain has to meet quite a complicated set of demands. Drawing strongly Doucet et al. (2009) attention is given to the consideration on practical alignment and assurance strategies between EA and SCM. A case of an apparel company with a global supply chain using a bespoke ERP system for the supply chain support is presented and discussed. The case outlines potentials for an enhanced alignment and coherence between management, business processes and underlying information system; innovation is led by tighter integration with business partners, higher versatility in the adaption to formal business requirements and compliance. The case study suggests EA with Information Systems approach can work as a platform of comprehending and planning the changes of an enterprise on its own grounds.

Journal of Enterprise Architecture

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