The Cloud is with us and it is real! We have all heard something about it; accepted it; rejected it; or are still thinking about it. In some respects it is the old “outsourcing” debate all over again. Outsourcing is “good” because it focuses the company on its core competencies.  Outsourcing is “bad” because the company loses control over vital operations. Accepting and utilizing the Cloud is just another of the revolutionary changes (PC, smart phone, etc.) that we have encountered over the last few years.

cloud-storm-approaching-AL-420x0Buzz, hype and popularity are often followed by tons of information. Some of that information could be plain wrong, baseless or myth-ridden. Cloud computing is here to stay and is already a huge reality. Yet, we know that you might have lots of unanswered questions. We know that for small business owners, these unanswered questions lead to apprehension, needless worry, and uncertainty, which will hurt business sooner or later. Consider these common myths you should be wary of along with corresponding truth:

Wireless-Mobile-POS-S520-SeriesMobile devices are all the rage these days. Which begs the question – Do they play a role in the B2B environment? Let’s tackle the mobile world impact EDI.

einvoicesIt’s hard enough keeping track of EDI messages, standards, deadlines and systems requirements for different countries’ tax authority. And requirements change quickly, so if you’re a growing company, the cost of supporting those requirements gets expensive. The challenge with e-invoicing is that traditional technology approaches have not worked to streamline what is an inter-company process, according to industry observers.

Outage_by_TypeThumbLast week’s survey asked about downtime. Specifically we wanted to better understand if locally installed EDI applications were more stable than managed services, VAN connections, or SaaS providers. Common wisdom has it that cloud or SaaS based services are less reliable than alternatives because they are outside the direct control of the users. In fact, the opposite is true.