For OEM consumable resources there is usually a "partnership" type of arrangement between the business enterprise and the supplier. This involves a very close "lockstep" agreement, where the supplier's product and resource lifecycles are tightly synchronized with the enterprise product lifecycle.

In this situation, the Supplier A's product and resource frameworks in effect replace the enterprise resource framework. The tight timing synchronization means that Supplier A's product and resource core processes are in lockstep with the business enterprise product core processes.

In this example, Supplier A's product is central to the business enterprise product, so an OEM partnership arrangement is required. Such a close relationship may or may not be necessary for other consumable resources, whose design and availability may be less critical to producing the business enterprise product.
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