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IBM has opened a supply-chain innovation center in Beijing, China. The facility will draw on the company's expertise in supply-chain management, business consulting and software development to help companies integrate and transform their global supply-chain capabilities. It will showcase a number of innovations developed by IBM, as well as current examples of excellence in supply-chain management. The Virtual Command Center consists of supply-chain visibility software built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA). It integrates and synchronizes information on supply, demand and logistics. Supply-chain optimization tools and modelers help companies to design and operate adaptable processes and networks. A Carbon Tradeoff Modeler lets companies include carbon output as a key variable in their supply-chain optimization efforts. The Supply Chain Innovation Center is available immediately to any IBM client worldwide. The project was announced as part of the company's third worldwide Supply Chain Summit.
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