BlueLinx Selects Inovis Managed Services to Invest in Supply Chain Technology Innovation : Leading Building Products Distributor Selects Inovis Managed Services for Supply Chain Efficiency

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Inovis, a leading provider of on-demand Business Community Management solutions, today announced that BlueLinx Corporation has selected Inovis’ comprehensive suite of Managed Services to drive supply chain advancements and efficiency between the company and its external business partners and customers.

Inovis engaged a strong project team that employed best-in-class procedures combined with the company's state-of-the-art network and infrastructure. For BlueLinx, the result has been seamless data exchange with our trading partners

BlueLinx previously relied on two separate outsourced platforms to route vendor traffic and supply chain documents. This operational scenario created inefficiencies due to system and operational redundancy and manual processes. Furthermore, the operational set-up made integration between both internal and shared external business processes and applications highly complicated.

The BlueLinx technology and business teams saw the effort to consolidate Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) operations as an opportunity to utilize advanced business process integration with all customers across the supply chain. The company turned to Inovis to consolidate BlueLinx's vendor traffic onto a single value-added network (VAN) environment. The Inovis team completed the implementation within 90 days. In addition, BlueLinx decided to further streamline its processes by outsourcing its EDI and supply chain communication to Inovis with the selection of Inovis Managed Services.

"BlueLinx is a company that understands that technology investments outside the enterprise can deliver significant, strategic value to their business and their customers," says Sean Feeney, CEO of Inovis. "With Inovis' Managed Services, BlueLinx has consolidated its EDI operations to improve efficiency and service to its customers and vendors. By outsourcing the EDI operations with Inovis, BlueLinx can focus its resources on critical business activities."

Inovis' comprehensive suite of Managed Services solutions combines hosted technology, a dedicated project team, transaction and partner management, and service-level protection. The outsourced solution is supported by the Inovis Multienterprise Expert Services Hub (MESH) platform. The Inovis MESH platform is designed to be 100 percent available and the underlying Tier 4 data center is designed to operate at 99.995 percent availability with fully-tested disaster recovery capabilities.

"Inovis engaged a strong project team that employed best-in-class procedures combined with the company's state-of-the-art network and infrastructure. For BlueLinx, the result has been seamless data exchange with our trading partners," said Larry Frey, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Technology, BlueLinx. "We're eager to begin the next phase of the project, as we have the utmost confidence in Inovis' people and systems."

The second phase of the BlueLinx implementation will be a data translation project. After the implementation, Inovis will manage the conversion and matching of BlueLinx product identification numbers to the differing internal identification number formats of its key customers. This translation allows BlueLinx to further comply with the business process requirements of its customers. In addition, BlueLinx will continue to reduce the burden on its IT department and gain additional efficiencies.

About Inovis

Inovis is a leading provider of on-demand Business Community Management solutions that empower companies to transact, collaborate and optimize communications with their entire trading community. By standardizing and automating mission-critical business interactions, companies can dramatically reduce the complexity and cost of supply chain communication. This foundation of high-quality, reliable and secure connectivity provides real-time visibility across the order-to-payment lifecycle. The resulting actionable intelligence enables users to proactively address supply chain issues before they impact profitability, shortening cycle times, improving productivity and increasing customer satisfaction.

With more than 20 years of expertise, Inovis delivers its products and services to more than 20,000 companies over a wide range of industries and markets across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.inovis.com, or visit the Inovis Community Blog.

Inovis is a trademark of Inovis, Inc.

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