What is End-To-End
End-to-end is a term used to describe products or solutions that cover every stage in a particular process, often without any need for anything to be supplied by a third party. It also embraces a philosophy that eliminates as many middle layers or steps as possible to optimize performance and efficiency in any process.
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BREAKING DOWN End-To-End
End-to-end is a term most commonly used in the information technology industry to refer to vendors that can see a project through from beginning to end and supply everything needed to make a computer network or technology solution work. These solutions can take any number of forms, but usually refer to vendors that offer comprehensive solutions and keep pace with a business’ ever-changing IT infrastructure needs. When dealing with complex systems or services it is often easier and more cost-effective for the customer to have only one supplier and one point of contact. This is why “end-to-end” solutions that involve multiple partners for different parts of the workflow – which increases the cost of managing the process – are not considered to be true end to end solutions.
End-to-End in Technology
In the technology industry, end-to-end is often associated with suppliers of systems that take care of all the hardware requirements as well as the software, including installation, implementation and maintenance – which eliminates the need for third-party suppliers. An end-to-end technology solution might refer to a solution that covers everything from the client interface to data storage. For example, a company offering end to end video conferencing products will provide everything including the screens and network connections, etc. In e-commerce, end-to-end processing occurs when one company provides a service to another in which it manages the sales, order tracking and delivery of a product.
In the procurement world, an end-to-end process refers to the practice of including and analyzing each and every point in a company’s supply chain – from sourcing and ordering raw materials to the point where the good reaches the end consumer. End-to-end procurement software solutions provide organizations with a complete overview of their supply chain and how long goods are taking to be sent from suppliers and how much those goods cost.
Logistics, Storage & Distribution
Another example of end-to-end processing can be found in logistics, where service providers take care of inventory management, storage and distribution. By eliminating as many layers and steps as possible, a logistics specialist can optimize distribution and minimize disruptions from road congestion, vehicle breakdowns, etc. For example, in the petroleum industry, transport and logistics companies offer customers flexible and cost-effective end-to-end services, from order planning to inventory monitoring, loading and transportation, to delivery. This includes supplying fuel and lubricants to service stations, aviation fuel to airports and bitumen to the asphalt industry.