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Woolworths Invests in supply chain improvement technology


Woolworths, Australia and New Zealand’s largest retail group, has invested further in its supply chain redevelopment programme by adding sophisticated business process management (BPM) capabilities.

Woolworths is also investing in an SOA registry and governance platform to underpin its overall corporate move towards service-oriented architecture (SOA) from Software AG.
webMethods Optimize, Software AG’s business activity monitoring (BAM) solution, will provide Woolworths with realtime insight into how their supply chain processes are performing, what's working well, where there may be bottlenecks and why, and what can be improved.
It will allow Woolworths to create and build process strategies against its business vision, defining and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) for people, process and system performance throughout their supply chain.
Software AG is also providing CentraSite, which will underpin Woolworths’ entire service-oriented architecture, including the business activity monitoring component, by providing a registry and repository for SOA artefacts and governance throughout the entire SOA lifecycle.
These investments will assist Woolworths in meeting its strategic goals of enhancing IT and business agility in the face of constant business change; enabling implementation and use of enterprise-wide processes and services; better aligning IT with the business; and reducing costs and increasing efficiency.  
Woolworths CIO Daniel Beecham says: “webMethods has been a key element in the technology platform that has helped us revolutionise our logistics business. The confidence we gained from that program encouraged us to further leverage our webMethods investment in the areas of SOA and Process. We see this relationship as a strategic one, the strength of which has been further enhanced by the involvement of Software AG.”