Collaboration between partners and
suppliers is becoming a strategic requirement to effectively
compete in today's economic climate. In the Automotive
markets, Tier 1 Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers have worked
together for decades, pooling resources, coordinating R
& D efforts, engineering, and production capabilities to
meet the ever increasing demands the "Big Three"
impose on those who want to do business with
This cooperative work environment has
begun to take root in other industries, as organizations
specialize on unique Niche markets, partnering with
complementary organization provides the best of both world,
a robust solution, yet a "nimble" organization.
Central to the ability of organizations
to work collaboratively on projects is the ability to share
data, and applications in a secure, managed
environment. Taking the best of traditional corporate
Networks, and the ease of use of the "Internet",
I.T. savvy organizations are establishing semi-private
networks, with simple user interfaces to find, share, and
manage data, projects, and business relationships.
A corner stone to this effort is the
establishing of "Virtual Private Networks" and
extending those to include managed access with Business
partners. Through the use mainstream, proven Internet
Technologies such "Web Sites", "Search
Engines", "FTP Servers", and the new breed of
collaborative work environments that grew out of yesterdays
simple email solutions, corporate partners are sharing data,
and resources in highly secure and productive ways.