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From the Top - Ed Howe of Aligntrac [Video]

edhoweScott Koegler of ec-bp.org talks with Ed Howe about implementing GDSN and how the technology is growing in its rate of adoption.

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SasS, Cloud, and Hosted - Definitions

saascloudhostedLast week we sent out a survey asking about your perceptions of SaaS, Cloud computing, and Hosted solutions. Of course we were interested in EDI solutions, but the question is a generic one that applies to any application. The responses we received ranged from fairly detailed explanations of each, to "I don't know what these are." So for those who are unfamiliar with the differences, here is a primmer on the major differences and some discussion of the advantages of each. This falls far short of a full detailed explanation, but the basic concepts are accurate. Read more...

Is EDI A Social Media?

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. Read more...

EDI in the Clouds – More Benefits than Meets the Eye

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.

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Trends in 2011 – From ANSI X12 to the Cloud and Beyond

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.
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Your Software Has Left the Building.

left_the_buildingWell, at least some software has moved beyond the firewall. It seems like only last year the debates were raging about the safety and security of hosting data and applications on platforms that were not under the lock and key control of the enterprise. Today, that debate has substantially moderated. Read more...

Downtime Counts - And Adds Up

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.
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Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain

The consumer world seems overwhelmingly digital. From smartphones and smartwatches to IoT devices like thermostats and Amazon Alexa we’re constantly and instantly connected. But what about the supply chain? Is every order initiated by an automated function and passed along at light speed to the manufacturer who instructs their robots to build the order and put it on a pallet?

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