Datasweep, KPMG collaborate on supply chain product

Datasweep Inc. and KPMG Consulting Inc. on Monday announced they have formed a partnership to deliver Web-based supply chain solutions to high-technology manufacturing companies.

The agreement calls for the two companies to combine Datasweep's real-time collaborative manufacturing solutions with KPMG's integration services, allowing manufacturers to work interactively across the breadth of their extended supply chain.

Leading high-technology equipment manufacturers are working hard to improve time-to-market for new products, manage the life cycle of individual units, and achieve this while outsourcing some or all of manufacturing to multiple contract partners, said Robert Schoenthaler, vice president for KPMG's high-technology line of business.

Datasweep's real-time collaborative manufacturing solutions are able to address these issues, thereby helping OEMs increase their return on investment from ERP (enterprise resource planning) and supply chain planning systems, he said.

Julio Rojas, director of strategic alliances at Datasweep, said the partnership is designed to tap granular information that ERP systems cannot mine today. For example, Datasweep technology can help a manufacturer interact electronically with suppliers to track a part that may be causing a failure in a product before it is shipped, he said.

In addition, manufacturers can exploit the back-end reporting capability of the product to analyze production data and share it with their suppliers to improve the process, Rojas said.

KLA-Tencor, a San Jose, Calif.-based manufacturer of process control solutions for the semiconductor industry, is working with KPMG to roll out Datasweep's collaboration product globally within the next six months. In the next 18 months, KLA-Tencor plans to bring 50 key suppliers directly into its Datasweep system.

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