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1. Where Will EDI Users Go - If VANs No Longer Interconnect?
Recently we wrote about Interconnects Are the Market . We showed a very simplified view of how VANS Work, and what happens when they do not work. We pointed out that the whole VAN industry was based on ...
Created on 31 January 2014
2. Recommended Next Actions for OpenText
As OpenText acquires GXS there are some opportunities available to the now combined company to pursue its mission. We reported a couple weeks ago about the acquisition (here). The company would appear ...
Created on 24 January 2014
3. Givers/Takers – Winners/Losers
Ever hear about how people are described as givers or takers? Givers give without strings. Esteem for givers rises over time. Takers expect more than they give. Eventually, times catches up to the takers. ...
Created on 13 January 2014
4. Improved AS2
Like VANs, AS2 gets complex if there are more than a couple of nodes involved. It is an excellent protocol with strong encryption and digital signatures, positive sender identification and proof of receipt. ...
Created on 27 December 2013
5. Stabilizing The Supply Chain
A comment to us from a large supply chain “hub”: “The GXS mess shows how fragile everything is in the supply chain. Stakeholders (suppliers, manufacturers, distributors) do not control their own destiny ...
Created on 20 December 2013
6. Spokes, the 2nd Type of EDI Customer
What is wrong with the current approach to EDI implementation? We need a new concept. Everybody wants to be a “Hub” not a “Spoke”, because that is where the money is made. That is also why new EDI implementations ...
Created on 04 December 2013
7. ECSP's, the 3rd Type of EDI Customer
Ecommerce Service Providers (ECSP) are a “hybrid” with high turnover rate, deal with all implementation guides, and amount to a “Hub of Spokes”). An ECSP is what we previously called VAS (value added services) ...
Created on 02 December 2013
8. Interconnects Are the Market
It's fair to say that VANs were responsible for bringing EDI to current volume levels of transactions. It is also fair to say that interconnects between VANs were the path to their success. Traditional ...
Created on 27 November 2013
9. Focus on Hubs – One ofThree Types of EDI Customers
A HUB is just one type of EDI customer. Hubs are characterized by high volume, lots of partners, high availability and high accuracy. The concept of the “Hub” is simple. These are the companies who reach ...
Created on 20 November 2013
10. An Iteration of the HUB - SuperHub
The most noticeable difference between VAN1 (the “traditional” VAN from the 1980's) and VAN2 (today's technology) is the fact that a company can operate their own network instead of being a customer on ...
Created on 13 November 2013
11. Daisychaining - from GXS' Perspective
Last week we published a list of trading partners that might be affected by the discontinuation of GXS’ contract with LorenData / ECGrid. After receiving a few comments from knowledgeable people in the ...
Created on 27 September 2013