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strategic implications of covisint

What are the strategic implications of covisint for the different players in the market such as automobile manufacturers, various suppliers.

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Covisint is a technology company founded in February 2000 by the industry consortium of DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Renault, Commerce One and Oracle. It's business-to-business products and services, namely a gigantic B2B hub, connect and enable the global automotive industry to reduce costs, increase efficiency, enhance quality and improve time to market. Among other benefits, Covisint will improve logistical efficiency by "providing firms throughout the supply chain, large and small, with rapid and simultaneous access to timely production and delivery scheduling information - all without costly investments in proprietary EDI systems." This will provide additional incentive for the auto industry to move away from the push to the pull approach of distribution discussed earlier. Covisint is still in its infancy, its future is unclear, but it is providing a major push for IT standardization across the automotive industry. This is fueled in part by Covisint's need to create an industry-wide standard set of XML labels compatible with existing EDI systems used by the major automakers and suppliers, in order to maximize ...

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