PointOut®.AI is a platform to build composable apps to support processes e2e.
Process apps powered by PointOut®.AI build a process-centric overlay, composed of existing business capabilities, complementing missing ones, by utilizing smart technology like CI (continuous intelligence) / AI (artificial intelligence) / ML (machine learning).
This overlay integrates any process- or function-supporting system into cross-process flows e2e, cross-function, cross-enterprise, cross-system, cross-technology.
“Future application experiences might be built from composable business capabilities that can quickly enable new business scenarios … based on the concept of packaged business capabilities (PBCs) and introducing data fabric as the future of data management.” states GARTNER as the Outlook for SCM Application Architecture1
1 Gartner: Supply Chain Brief: Navigating Through the Ever-Increasing Complexity of Application Architecture [ID G00743319],
5 February 2021, by Christian Titze and Dwight Klappich
This future starts here:
PointOut®.AI consists of three discrete components:
OpenPlatform powered by PointOut®.AI for configuration of highly interoperable, composed process apps
Digital Supply Chain Twin powered by PointOut®.AI as a data-derived digital representation of the e2e SC Network for
visualization, analysis and feed of planning engines
Data Hub powered by PointOut®.AI as a persistent multi-purpose single harmonized SC data layer
A growing collection of Fast-Start Apps powered by PointOut®.AI are made available for accelerated start into certain use cases.
Composability is a system design principle that deals with the inter-relationships of components. A highly composable system provides components that can be selected and assembled in various combinations to satisfy specific user requirements. 1 Wikipedia “Composability”
In the context of business processes, composability describes the ability to flexibly design process supporting applications by assembling existing system capabilities according the respective process flow as needed.
Examples for composable business capabilities:
Any element of business logic that is needed in multiple processes or process variants should be made accessible as a composable component, as a “microservice” to be available in any process context where needed.
Take “Order confirmation / ATP” as an example. This capability may sit in your ERP or e2e planning, but it needs to be accessible from various “order entry” channels: e-business, customer service, inbound EDI, VMI etc. etc.
Composability requires two prerequisites:
- Systems that make these logical components accessible as a “service”
- A smart process orchestration engine like OpenPlatform powered by PointOut®.AI
The advantages are obvious:
- Avoidance of redundancies – any logical component is built / implemented only once
- Flexible fulfillment of fast changing business requirements w/o increasing system complexity
- Enablement of process-centric design, e2e and lean, replacing system-centric design
Any business process with conditional process flows and multiple contributors – functions within an enterprise as well as cross-enterprise – are typical use cases. Some examples:
Cross-Enterprise – downstream:
- VMI to customers
- Collaborative planning and forecasting
Cross-Enterprise – upstream:
- VMI to suppliers
- Contract manufacturer integration
- Circular flows e.g. for Service / Maintenance / Repair
- Sales plan collection
- Order-to-Cash e2e
- Warehouse / Transport / Yard management
- “Exception to action”-processes (e2e Process Control Tower)