Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Microsoft helps Transparency-One achieve supply chain visibility

Steve Rogerson
July 6, 2017
 
Microsoft is letting Massachusetts-based Transparency-One help brands achieve end-to-end supply chain visibility, while protecting user data and providing global availability.
 
Developments in recent decades have transformed the face of the retail industry. Trade globalisation, increasing governmental regulations, and heightened consumer concern about product safety and social responsibility have all required brands to disclose more information about their products and suppliers.
 
As a result, supply chain transparency has become a critical business value for brands to gain consumer trust, ensure regulatory compliance and reduce product risk.
 
To help brands achieve the necessary level of visibility, the Transparency-One platform connects brands with their suppliers to exchange meaningful product and facility data, from source to store. Brands can use this completely cloud-based system to engage with and map the entire supply chain, tracking critical information such as country of origin and compliance. They can also track and verify facility certifications for safety, sustainability and social responsibility as well as proactively managing business risks through detailed analytics.
 
Transparency-One relies on graph database technology and social network-style supplier collaboration capabilities to support their networking services. Supply chain data are updated in real time to ensure accuracy, while graph technology enables flexibility and scalability.
 
To protect the data of its users, Transparency-One chose to deploy its system on the Microsoft Azure platform.
 
"Supply chains today are extremely complicated and can involve millions of connections worldwide," said Frederic Daniel, chief technology officer of Transparency-One. “With so many stakeholders involved – from retailers and suppliers to the consumers themselves – we need to ensure our solution is, and remains, extremely well-protected.”
 
Microsoft Azure is protected at the physical, network, host, application and data layers, making its online services resilient to attack. Continuous proactive monitoring, penetration testing, and the application of rigorous security guidelines and operational processes further increase the level of detection and protection.
 
"Customers rely on us to keep their data safe," said Daniel. “Data security is our top priority.”
 
In today's supply chain environment, global availability and accessibility are essential. Microsoft Azure is supported by a growing network of Microsoft-managed data centres, available in 140 countries. This global presence means Transparency-One is accessible worldwide, including continental China.
 
In addition, it incorporates GS1's GTIN, GPC and GLN standards, providing a shared language retailers and suppliers can use to collaborate.
 
Transparency-One enables companies to discover, analyse and monitor all suppliers, components and facilities in the entire supply chain. The company is based in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Paris, France.