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Discover code, patterns, and articles that span technologies and industries to help build and customize your supply-chain solutions

As you work across supply chains, it becomes immediately obvious that no two supply chains are the same. They consist of a system of systems that span value-added network (VAN) services, purpose-built applications, BPMs and RPAs, and myriad data formats with unique data mappings. So, what happens when you are charged with integrating across these unique supply chains to form a network of networks; when data, access, and processes are disjointed; and participants want to keep everything within their four walls?

This is the challenge for developers and system integrators as we enter the era of the multi-enterprise business network. The arrangements made between trading partners now need to be done in a way that unlocks the data to controlled parties so that supply chains can provide end-to-end visibility, allowing corrective actions to be taken before disruption occurs. To craft these unique, self-correcting supply chains, developers need an open platform of purpose-built services. They need access to the right data and AI to solve problems. They need the right tools and technologies to help customize and configure a solution and even reach outside of the supply chain to solve issues connected with other parts of the business. And the platform must be able to take advantage of all the systems and processes they have in place today, while helping them bridge to future technologies.

That is the promise of the IBM Sterling supply chain open platform suite, unveiled today. Here at the IBM Sterling developer hub, you’ll discover:

  • A set of composable and extensible, purpose-built business services that are accessible through various surface areas, such as APIs, graphs, and event systems.
  • Extensible AI, through orchestrated business agents, where you can teach an AI agent how to reason and take action against your unique set of networks and applications that form your supply chain.
  • Foundational services that allow you to manage and govern access to your supply chain.

But it doesn’t stop at IBM Sterling. With an open platform, you can bring in other IBM technologies, such as IBM Cloud Pak™ for Integration to reach any number of systems, including IoT and weather signals, and data for crafting track and trace solutions. Use IBM Cloud Pak for Data to build your own AI pipelines from the IBM Sterling data. And incorporate IBM Blockchain technology to build secure and transparent solutions for trading partners. Coupled with Red Hat® OpenShift®, you can run your supply chain virtually anywhere you choose.

Need to interconnect with other technologies that aren’t IBM? No problem. The IBM Sterling platform is truly open. Your data and insights are yours, so you should be able to use them throughout your business as you see fit.

In the coming months, you will see the IBM Sterling developer hub grow with activity. This area is unique in that you can access code, patterns, articles, and tools that span technologies and industries, so you can build and customize your supply-chain solutions. Check it out and continue to come back as it evolves and expands over time.