Trial name: TANet Trial
Manufacturing Sector: Automotive
Keywords: Cluster, Tenders, Suppliers, Exhaust, Parts
The SMECluster tender platform (www.tenders.smecluster.com) within the trial is associated with the selection of business opportunities and their associated matching to SMECluster member’s profiles aiming to ensure maximum relevancy.
The facilitator role within SMECluster is responsible for overall management of opportunities and the addition of new opportunities. The impact of the facilitator and the tools they use to carry out their roles impacts on the nature of the service delivered. The legal framework with which this service provision operates is covered by the standard agreements specified on application for membership. The key challenges of the trial is as follows:
The Tenders opportunity facilities would be made more robust
- Additional functionality could be added so that the user gains more features from the same software
- The expansion of the trials have already enhanced the offering of the cluster but of course much of the work is conceptual needs to be converted to a commercially operating model and potential investments need to be considered to look at a more robust solution
A new feature to sell services and not just business opportunities will now be considered as SMECluster becomes a reseller of FIWARE GE’s and SE’s provided through the FITMAN Innovation Lab
Innovative Services and Functionalities
Pluggable Software – SMECluster Platform accepts pluggable software modules (such as GE’s, SE’s or other code written with FIWARE architecture specifications) that can add functionality to the core structure
Ability to connect to collaboration platforms – Currently these are systems based on SharePoint but ultimately will interface to common social media platforms for collaboration such as Slack or HipChat.
Scalable Service architecture – The SMECluster architecture is designed to provide a connecting service to most apps and so the true nature of FI-WARE plug-ability is exposed.
Data Agnostic Service architecture – Connect to any data system with ease. A very wide range of data formats supported
Flexible ontology based user ecosystem modelling – Can connect to several sources of data and link with common systems found in the market
Impact and Benefits
Reduced time for coding – Clearly new functionality can be implemented very fast
Wider community – Good Ideas generated from a wider audience so new skillsets can be introduced
Service Apps Creation – The modern philosophy of connecting multiple applications to provide a range of services is implemented in the SMECluster architecture. This of course reduces development time but more importantly, the concept of interoperability becomes achievable in through harmonised services.
Current situation (AS-IS), TO BE scenario, let them know more about the trial, what was the original situation, what has been performed, the business objectives, the different processes involved in the trial, the business requirements, etc.
- One of the main challenges was to increase the number of Tenders accrued monthly based on the quantity of tenders entered into system. The initial quantity was around 3-10 per month and this was expected to rise to 15-20 per month
- The number of people acting as active facilitators logging on a monthly basis was modestly to increase from 2 to 3
- Registered service providers and organisations, that is the number of providers offering services on platform would increase from 102 to around 115
- Time reductions were considered for End-to-end clustering reducing man-hours involved in creating and managing clusters – Hours per tender from 5 hours to 2 hours
- Automation of tender input through the collection of tenders by automated systems was to reduce the 30 minutes per tender to less than 1 minute
Technical Challenges & Trial Platform
describe the technical challenges, the Reference Architecture used (Smart, Digital or Virtual platform), the components used (GEs and SEs), architecture of the trial platform (not mandatory), location of the platform (locally deployed or in the cloud), type and size of data managed, etc. We do not have to give general information about what the components do in general (this can be found in the catalogue), but we have to show how we have used this components, what functionalities they have bring to us, etc.
The aim of the trial was to establish systems which support streamlining of data aggregation, and provide functionality to match suppliers to tender opportunities. Our implementation roadmap focused first on delivery of core systems, followed by key functionality, and finalising with supporting features.
Phase 1: Delivery of core systems
- SE 4 – Collaborative Assets Management
- SE 5 – Supply Chain and Business Ecosystem Apps (SCAPP)
- TSC – SMECluster Platform
- Allow manual addition of suppliers and opportunities to the system
- Allow adding of keywords to opportunities
CAM provides a data store which, combined with SCAPP, allows supplier data to be handled in a format which is easily integrated with SCAPP’s functions. SCAPP was chosen for its collaboration support between supplier and facilitator.
Phase 2: Implementation of functionality
- SE 3 – Anlzer
- SE 7 – Collaborative Business Process Management
- TSC – Synergy
- Allow adding of keywords to suppliers
- Cluster searching – match appropriate groups of suppliers to tenders
CBPM is used by the facilitator to aid in selecting supplier clusters suitable for an opportunity. Synergy is required to provide cluster options to facilitators.
Phase 3: Supporting features
- AK 3 – MoVA
- AK 24 – GeToVA
- Trend identification amongst tenders
- Automate input of tenders and suppliers
MoVA and GeToVA will be used to complement the functionality of CAM, and further support the ability to automate input of data into SMECluster.
legal Entity for www.smecluster.com
Sematronix Limited have many years of clustering experience, working with procurement organisations to look to bid for larger contracts by working collaboratively. The reason for Sematronix to join was to look for:
- Web tools to allow Sematronix to manage facilitators in tendering business
- Focus on clustering of suppliers to complete tender opportunities
- Aim to offer a suite of utilities to facilitators to support cluster selection
Simon Osborne – Technical Director
Control 2K Limited (C2K) are systems integrators and provide the platform for SMECluster. As systems integrators, C2K can provide links from front office to back office applications as well as shop floor connectivity to control systems found in most manufacturing companies.
Control 2K have a number of products to support the manufacturing sector such as www.industreweb.com which can link via the SMECluster platform to provide a range of services across several sectors. See www.control2k.com for the full range of services including training and web design services.