We're starting to see year end results from 2011. Many look promising but others still show struggles. It seems, from talking with Retailers and Grocers, that they plan to continue implementing the strategies they started mid-2011. As companies continue to look at ways to improve operations to offset lower sales, an area of growing interest is improved partner collaboration. What does that actually mean to collaborate?
In my copious free time over the holidays, I managed to knock off a few of the books that had stacked up on me. Although I tend to stick to mysteries, thrillers, spy novels, and stuff like that, I occasionally find a biography that interests me. I couldn’t wait to read the Steve Jobs bio written by Walter Isaacson, and it was a winner. Even if you don’t like Apple products and you may not give a hoot about its recently deceased leader, you’ll still find it fascinating.
There continues to be confusion around who pays the price for EDI. There are three answers to this based on the definition of the question.
Change is one of those concepts that make most of us cringe at its mere mention. Whether it is benign as changing dinner plans with one’s spouse, or as dire as divorcing said spouse (funny how doing the former very often may lead to the latter, but I digress) every fiber in our character wants to resist it and keep the status quo. To deal with this, change management has become an academic pursuit, as well as embedded itself within the corporate lexicon, which have produced countless strategies on dealing with this force in one’s personal life as well as in the business environment.
As EDI continues to evolve, so does the thought of managing order changes electronically. In January I reported on managing PO changes through the E-Commerce Direct Ship/Drop Ship types of orders and for the last couple years I've commented on the status of communicating changes to a open order in general, so I thought it might be time for an update.
It's been nearly a years since I wrote on the topic of XML as a form of EDI. Over the that time I've received quite a bit of feedback on that article, some of which was around what appeared to my biases on EDI standards. So I thought I'd address XML again.
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Well, you’ve identified the software functionality you need and have talked to your sources to get their opinions on how to go about developing it. In the back of your mind, though, you still think it should be part of the base translator package and ought to be included in a future release. What’s your next step?