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The High Definition EnterpriseTM tracking through the enterprise. They create additional value by wrapping
the raw RFID event data with a contextual “shell” of process detail. The new
Once the operating framework and components are in place,
specific line-of-business applications deliver the value of HD
RFID Solutions for Business Transformation data-in-context is then transformed into information by combining performance to retail store operations, asset management
with other information objects in workflows inside SOA/BPM based processes, supply chain networks, and perishable-product cold-
An Xterprise White Paper | Jim Caudill, SVP Marketing & Strategy, Xterprise business applications. chain management. These solutions help companies automate
key processes within their ERP and other legacy environments to
Older, lower-resolution systems relied on operators to collect and process manage transactions and inventories in a networked supply chain
The first wave of UHF RFID implementations 5 years ago proved Today’s Enterprise Landscape data, exposing themselves to waste, errors, and faulty or incomplete and build measurable process improvements.
the technology was limited, experimental deployments, often relying RFID seemed to lose momentum after the first wave of retail and information. Many of them, limited to line-of-sight readings, place severe
on manual tuning, custom middleware, and consulting help to get government mandates. The Warehouse Management System (WMS), constraints on data collection in today’s complex, fast-paced supply chains. To turn data into better business decisions, HD solutions include
the job done. Most of these early projects overcame their challenges Transportation Management System (TMS), Enterprise Resource Planning And because they typically processed data at the end of the business a robust analytical component. Analysis closes the loop between
to demonstrate RFID solutions that tracked products, accelerate (ERP) and other applications available at the time were overwhelmed by day, they forced managers to wait for critical information on their business planning and execution, so that execution can be measured
inventory flows, and boost productivity for big-box retailers, world- the granularity and volume of data RFID systems produced. Nor could activities. against established targets. Look for solutions that include Key
class manufacturers, logistics providers and others up and down the these solutions work fast enough to accelerate business processes and Performance Indicators (KPIs) and other process-improvement
supply chain. workflows to breakthrough levels. The High Definition Enterprise replaces these processes with automated metrics, and incorporate an RFID-based business intelligence
efficiencies that provide a precise, current, zone-based view of the component. Of course, a total solution includes implementation
But the early need to get the technology running in limited Middleware used in these early pilots did little more than route data to a organization. Using RFID technologies for greater range and flexibility, services, professional consulting services throughout the
deployments postponed the full impact of what RFID could bring to database. Costly and hand-coded, they were designed to meet deadlines, advanced RFID solutions replace “best guess” estimates with zero-latency deployment cycle, and technical support in addition to hardware
a new enterprise process innovation revolution. Those early RFID not enterprise-wide strategic business requirements. They did little to data, reporting and business intelligence. And new RFID enabled LOB and software elements. Seek partners with proven experience
implementations lacked the operational framework and rich software address performance and scalability requirements and often isolated these applications deliver the information needed to make informed, timely in the complexities of RFID technologies and expertise in your
applications needed to turn raw information into actionable business pilot systems from enterprise-spanning applications and forced companies business decisions. Compared to traditional systems’ snapshot image of specific process and execution requirements: for manufacturing,
intelligence—limiting the technology’s contribution to ERP and other to realize little value from the innovation RFID can enable. a single process stage, today’s high-definition solutions produce a “movie” distribution, supply chain management, retail operations, or any
legacy information systems.
with movement, immediacy and product-level detail—unlocking dramatic, other specialty. The best sources will bring their own partner
When enterprise applications are injected with real-time information from step-function improvements in processes, execution performance and ecosystem, and the ability to scale a solution to meet global
The second phase of UHF RFID is now underway. RFID solutions RFID line-of-business (LOB) solutions, they can experience enhanced collaboration among enterprise partners. enterprise requirements.
are maturing into a new generation of enterprise applications functionality and execution. Without these, critical control processes march
capable of managing the accelerated, higher fidelity, real-time needs one step behind—frustrating growth and revenue initiatives, and driving up Elements of the High-Definition Enterprise High-Definition Benefits
that companies are demanding. Incorporating enterprise-spanning inventory, fulfillment, and customer service costs. Poor data collection and How do organizations secure the power and benefits of this new approach? What should you expect from your new High-Definition Enterprise?
collaboration, analytic, and platform architectures, these applications analysis introduce error and latency into order processing, tracking, and Let’s look first at the business and technology components that make up the More revenue, to start: high-definition RFID raises service levels
are driving the emergence of what Xterprise calls the High-Definition expediting and lead to inconsistent compliance, dissatisfied customers, solution. The High Definition Enterprise “technology stack” consists of: and unlocks new offerings, improving order commitments and fill
Enterprise™ (HDE). The high-definition transformation occurs when and lost sales. Limitations of last-generation systems also contribute to rates, for better customer satisfaction and more new business—
an enterprise begins to capture granular data and use it to control organizational problems from slow order cycles, inefficient, costly high- look for a long-term net revenue boost in the neighborhood of 10%.
and innovate critical processes in real time. By innovating business touch logistics, high inventories to protect against demand uncertainty, and • Automated, process-driven sensor data capture systems
Better still, it’s not “empty” revenue—effective automation helps cut
processes that extract maximum value from up-to-the-minute business decision-making based on old, inaccurate data. • An operating framework that provides connectivity, interoperability manual errors and delays, accelerate cycle times and strengthen
information, the High-Definition Enterprise creates, sustains, and and RFID device connectivity functionality processes. By streamlining material handling and other processes,
continuously improves its efficiency and performance. Caught between shareholder expectations and global competition, many
• Components to manage process and event flows, data services, a newly minted High-Definition Enterprise should expect
companies are approaching an inflection point—ready to transform their productivity and gross margins improvements that can produce
business rules and the user experience
There are dozens of examples of players in various market businesses using disruptive technologies that create new operational 30% improvements in material handling at loading docks.
segments that are applying technology to achieve HDE results; here possibilities. The opportunity requires change across multiple disciplines, • A business intelligence suite to help users extract actionable
are some that are using Xterprise technology, its Clarity™ suite of and some—entrenched in the status quo or lacking the necessary vision or information about their enterprise from the rich data collected
Better inventory management and visibility reduces out-of-stocks,
solutions, to achieve this new level of competitiveness: resources—will miss it entirely. write-offs, and overall inventory levels. Better visibility and control
A new and more capable generation of data-capture tools includes passive
• A plastic pallet pooling company can now can deliver a of key assets can double utilization rates while dramatically
How do companies meet the challenge? With comprehensive solutions: and active RFID, real-time locator systems (RTLS), global location systems
revolutionary option for pallet pooling for the largest CPG reducing asset shrinkage and increasing asset utilization by as
RFID tags and readers, innovative RFID focused LOB software (GLS), Wi-Fi and advanced bar code systems. High-volume low-cost tagging
and Retail brands in North America much as 2x. Flexible, HD-driven inventory strategies improve
applications, physical infrastructure and pre- and post-deployment support. makes a granular, serialized view of operations economically realistic.
• A CPG company now can verify that high cost partner collaboration, help partners and customers grow without
And the High-Definition Enterprise adds more than technology: these adding resources, and lead to better management of strategic
promotional displays made it onto the store floor at “big Recent advances in tagging solutions accelerate manufacturers’ retail and
leaders combine advanced supply chain execution with lean manufacturing assets. These are real, measurable, achievable benefits. RFID has
box” retail customers DOD compliance, and improve their operations management, validation and
capabilities, asset management capabilities and continuous improvement of already revolutionized retail, manufacturing and other asset- and
• An automotive electronics manufacturer now able innovative process design, collaboration and execution. quality assurance. Good solutions contribute value to existing infrastructures
product-driven businesses. But the limitations of first-generation
coordinate the inbound material flow more efficiently by supporting industry EDI standards and a wide range of enterprise system
RFID technologies denied companies the promise of real-time
Defining a New Enterprise adapters (e.g., for SAP, Oracle, Dynamics, RedPrairie and others). The best
• A leading financial services company that is now able supply chain and enterprise management. These new RFID tools
What distinguishes the High-Definition Enterprise vision from its low- of this generation optimize performance and efficiency using Web services
to manage its large, distributed inventory of IT assets and capabilities establish the foundation for a new, High Definition
resolution predecessors? Older-generation systems - ERP, WMS, and and standards-based interfaces.
resulting in significant savings of resources Enterprise, through which companies can complete the process
TMS in particular- view the world as a “sea of items”, none of which have improvements they have already begun, to achieve measurable,
a unique identity, that are moving through the enterprise over time. In High-Definition solutions go a step beyond, with an RFID Service-Oriented
New data-collection technologies help these companies collect lasting value.
addition, these low-resolution enterprises only monitor, measure and Architectures and advanced SOA applications and data analytics such as the
granular, real-time data across the enterprise. New Service-Oriented
manage processes where the cost of an operator to capture data can be new Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2. BizTalk Server helps organizations
Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM)
acceptable. For example, these systems might provide daily summaries of integrate systems and automate processes across global supply chains.
platforms help them create, bundle, and orchestrate components
inventory by stocking location, to the pallet level. In contrast, high-definition And with native support for EDI and RFID, it gathers data from the enterprise
into applications that meet market-specific needs. To fully appreciate
solutions provide a granular, serialized, real-time and highly accurate view edge, supporting visibility across RFID-enabled and legacy business
the capabilities of the High-Definition Enterprise, let’s review the
of products, assets and other enterprise resources: item-level point-in-time processes and trading partners in real time.
recent past and near future of RFID.