Hi folks,

This came into my email today and I found it interesting because it involves XBOX 360!  Ah I thought that would get your attention!  Actually this is about how we are using Biztalk Server to help with supply chain management issues around manufacturing XBOX 360.

Check it out!  Pretty cool stuff!

Supply Chain Management using BizTalk Server
For its next-generation Microsoft Xbox 360 video game system, Microsoft faced more complex manufacturing requirements than it saw with the original Xbox console. It also faced a need to speed production and reduce inventory costs compared to the performance of its earlier, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)-based supply-chain solution. To provide full, real-time visibility into the supply chain for the product’s graphics chips, Microsoft created an integrated business process automation solution based on Microsoft Windows Server System integrated server software components, including Microsoft BizTalk Server and the BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet. As a result, the company expects to speed on-time deliveries by 20 percent and reduce inventories by 10 percent. Those gains, plus increased productivity of manufacturing and IT staffs, will help deliver a first-year return on investment (ROI) of 126 percent. Developing the solution was 50 percent faster and more cost-effective than using EDI, saving six months off the development schedule.

 
Check out the video here!