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EDI Transactions Tell Your Fortune

crystalballEDI produces a lot of data. Of course that's no shock to anyone looking at their VAN bill, but when you consider the volume of transactions and the number or companies involved, it would seem that there is a wealth of data in those transactions. The data now covers (depending on the trading partners) every aspect of the order process, from initial P.O. to final payment, with plenty of status updates along the way. So, what can be learned from all the data? It turns out that when looked at as an aggregate and put through the right analytical processes, there's plenty to be learned - and predicted. Read more...

The Value Add is the Sweet Spot of Today’s VANs

vanValue-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.


The ROI of EDI - Survival or Profitability

An illustration of a company's supply chain

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.


EDI Going Mobile

SmartphonesMoving EDI data around the globe is old hat to most of the folks reading this ec-bp newsletter. Managing the connections and translations can get complex and picky when it comes to the details of the files and the changes that need to be incorporated into translators to make processes flow properly. For most EDI practitioners, their roles are fairly well defined and fit well with established concepts. But as computing devices become more pervasive and processing power more available, I think the line between what is EDI and what is associated with end user interaction is changing. Read more...

XML is Dead - Long Live XML

xml_kills_ediThe 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?"


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