The 121st EDIFICE conference was held on 16-17 October 2013 and was hosted by HP in their facilities in Boeblingen Germany. The Meeting was co-sponsored by Seeburger.
The conference was themed: “B2B Trends and Future Direction”
The scope and responsibilities of B2B are rapidly changing in response to business and technical environments. Companies already face challenges to improve efficiency, on-board more trading partners faster, consolidate systems, comply with E-Invoicing legislation and to ensure appropriate security. Simultaneously, the scope of B2B is expanding from industry standard data exchange to include semi- and non-structured data, mobile data and the cloud.
The conference featured contributions from several divisions within HP, Seeburger, Magna, ODETTE International and EDIFICE.
The presentation material is available to members and conference attendees.
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IDC Manufacturing insights presented the highly interesting results of the recent survey entitled: “From B2B connectivity to B2B collaboration: leveraging the four IT pillars (cloud, mobility, social business, big data analytics) to drive higher ROI”
There is a clear correlation between higher ROI and collaborative B2B. Companies with a collaborative approach to B2B: are driven by ROI in their investments (+80%), calculated an ROI (+60%) and expect to recover much faster from B2B implementation investment… more findings will be presented to membership in a to be scheduled webinar later in the year.
Quotes from the Audience
The highlight of this conference was having the opportunity to host it! (Hanno Borns of HP)
All of the “open discussions” because they often reveal info that you don’t see in presentations. (Fergal Ryan of Xilinx)
Socializing and Networking is essential to the success of conferences. Well Done! (Stefan Tropper of Magna)
The 2014-2015 Road map is being finalised based on the results from the break-out sessions at the Singapore and Boeblingen conferences. It is of utmost importance for the organisation’s leadership to take into account the topics of interest from membership. The summary of membership expectations will be shared. Some of the hot topics are around:
- Public Policy: seeking close cooperation with other industry forums and the European Commission on several topics that have an impact on membership’s B2B activities: e-Invoicing, Customs, RoHS, …
- e-Invoicing: how do member states transpose the latest EU Directive; what are the e-Invoicing challenges in Asia-Pac;… A Year-End Newsletter will be sent out to membership in December 2013
- Trends in IT: how Cloud Computing, Social Media, Big Data analytics and Mobility will impact B2B Integration
- ROI : help members estimate what return can be achieved on future investments
- SME Integration: identify lightweight & innovative solutions in support of the SME’s B2B Integration
- Training & Education related to various B2B Integration aspects depending on Regional requirements
The 121st Plenary approved the budget for 2014 and the membership fee of 3000 EURO. This is the first fee increase in 11 years. The reason for increase is to allow the organization to continue organizing its events in all Regions.
After profiling itself globally, EDIFICE also has the intention in opening up to other industries.
EDIFICE plans to schedule at least one activity each month and will organize 4 conferences each year of which two will be held in Europe, one in the Americas and one in Asia-Pac
Members interested to host a conference are kindly asked to get in touch with the secretariat. Dora.Cresens@edifice.org
Hanno Borns and Hewlett Packard are thanked to host this EDIFICE conference at their premises in Boeblingen. Holger Fiederling and Seeburger were thanked for sponsoring the dinner and guided tour of the Meilenwerk site. Great cars!
EDIFICE wishes to thank all the speakers for their outstanding performance and the EDIFICE membership and invitees for their participation and great support.
EDIFICE welcomed over 50 people spread over the two days representing 20 different organisations.
Non-Members attending the Conference are kindly invited to envisage joining the organisation as a member.