Value-Added Networks (VANs) have been around for more than 30 years. But as Scott Lewis, senior product marketing manager at IBM’s Sterling Commerce puts it, “today’s VAN is definitely not your father’s VAN.” VANs have evolved from simply being a managed network on which to exchange EDI information and documents between a company and its trading partners to a more robust service that includes not only the network but also a variety of services aimed at facilitating more effective commerce amongst numerous organizations.Read more...
Is there a return on investment calculation for EDI, or is ROI simply a matter of keeping or gaining a customer? Should there even be a return on an investment for EDI? These are questions that continue to crop up whenever the issue of EDI upgrades, additions, or staffing levels are at hand. But I think these questions are misplaced at best and miss the point of EDI completely. Here’s why.
The old debate about XML replacing EDI as a format for transacting global business has all but faded from conversation. But that doesn't mean that the format itself is gone. The use of XML as a transfer medium between applications has become a default because of its flexibility and its ease of configuration. But the bigger question is, "Does the format of the data actually matter?"Read more...