Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global, visual technologies company. The company is continuously first to market with some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays for Hollywood, business-critical command centers, classrooms, and training centers.
With an exponential increase in its European operations that stretched from the United Kingdom to Hungary and into the Middle East, it became increasingly difficult for Christie to effectively monitor and access its inventory, which was spread across various locations in Europe. Christie began working with a third-party logistics (3PL) partner to optimize its supply chain. To successfully utilize a 3PL partner, however, Christie needed to integrate its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with its 3PL partner’s systems. This integration would enable real-time inventory visibility, which is essential to maintaining optimal operating efficiency and customer service.
Christie worked with Oracle Partner SYSTIME to develop a Web-services interface to link its ERP environment with the 3PL provider’s system using Oracle Fusion Middleware. The implementation standardized and automated business processes between Christie and its 3PL provider to ensure business consistency and enhance inventory visibility. Christie has optimized its supply chain and enabled better product transport, which supports the company’s global growth strategy.
Christie considered using electronic data interchange (EDI) as well as other options to integrate its JD Edwards EntepriseOne environment with its 3PL partner. It found, however, that only a Web-services approach could deliver the real-time updates that are necessary to ensure optimal product visibility. After reviewing various options, Christie selected Oracle Fusion Middleware. It determined that Oracle’s solution provided the greatest flexibility, had proven itself in the market, and required very little maintenance.
Oracle Partner SYSTIME created the Web-services interface that integrates Christie’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environment and its 3PL partner’s systems. During the implementation, SYSTIME leveraged Oracle Fusion Middleware, including Oracle SOA Suite, as well as business services on Oracle Application Server, to establish interoperability with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne while minimizing operational costs and optimizing system integration.