Railroad-HandcarNo doubt, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is well entrenched in the hearts and minds of IT and business pros. It has been around, in various forms and mechanisms, for decades (in fact, according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) overseeing EDI’s standards, the first recorded EDI dates back to the 1850s when the railroads and Western Union used the telegraph to communicate business information).  So change is somewhat slower than other, newer information technologies.

biBusiness intelligence, or BI, has long been a valuable mechanism for helping companies better understand how they’re performing, how well products are developed, marketed and sold, and even what their competitors are up to. I’ve covered business intelligence for many years, either directly or as an (important) offshoot of other technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID).

If we define Social Media as "Digital communication between multiple individuals or organizations in an effort to further the personal and professional endeavors of each," then the answer is "Yes." But there's certainly more to the story.

eye-cloudSaaS- and cloud-based EDI’s core benefits are fairly well known: reduced capital investments and operating costs, simplified IT, and the ability to streamline and improve information exchange among partners. But there’s more to be had.

Ken Traub of Ken Traub Consulting, talks with Scott Koegler at U Connect 2010 about RFID technology and the current state of deployment.