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Automotive Edi – Tying The Strings Together

industry associationsIn our article on “EDI Goes Deep”, we first encounter the concept of “regional” networks. These developed over the years, but now that everybody is going global, how has the auto industry adapted? Like instead of everybody having to join all these regional groups, how have they “gone global” How do we bring these regional centers together? Read more...

Automotive EDI Goes Deep

deep wellEDI has been used by the automotive industry for over 40 years. The watch-like precision of a car production line relies on the lightning-fast and flawless exchange of EDI and other business documents between the car manufacturers (OEMs) and their huge supply chain. Read more...

Where's the Slowdown in EDI?

slowdown 1The supply chain is really composed of several 'chains.' There's the supply chain we generally think of - the one that connects trading partners in order to move products from manufacturers to consumers. And there are the internal chains that move the various components of data between applications, departments, functions, and staff members.  Read more...

Automotive Calls For High Class EDI

mirorAutomotive suppliers are EDI veterans and have been into EDI for a long time. But it used to be relatively uncomplicated because of the industry's business model: just ship a lot of a few assigned parts, on time, without defects. The OEM ran huge assembly plants and put the whole vehicle together. But things have changed. Many first-tier suppliers are now responsible for “systems” (really sub-assemblies) and rely on lower-tier suppliers. As their role changes, so does the complexity. Let's look at a typical supplier who used to manufacture just rear-view mirrors. Read more...

Getting Started with EDI?

edi basicsThough the majority of our readers are veterans when it comes to EDI, there are always new implementations, new employees trying to get their footing, and even company management not familiar with EDI who are trying to understand what all the fuss is about when all they really want to do is get their orders processed. For those readers (and anyone else who thinks they just want to have a fresh perspective) we have a resource for you. Read more...

Continuing the EDI Journey

climb rope-teamSince the beginning of 2014, I've focussed my blogs on the start of an EDI journey.  My articles focus on organizations seeking to take on that ginormous step of embracing EDI technology as a pillar of their being; and I've talked about lessons I have learned and observed to secure process decisions applicable to organization situations.  I do hope they have been helpful. Read more...

OpenText, GXS, and ECGrid

opentext lorenWe've voiced our opinion regarding the policies and actions that both GXS and ECGrid (Loren Data) have been maneuvering around over the last several months. In our last blog we recommended that GXS, through its new management (OpenText) revise its stance and not discontinue its long standing relationship that allows ECGrid to connect its supply chain customers through GXS' VAN. Read more...

Are We There Yet? Yes, We Are Still on the Road!

long roadEDI solutions have become abundant in the past several years as EDI has secured its position more as a needed functionality within organizations.  This is not just for large organizations either.  It is trending in the SMB world, as well. Read more...

Where Will EDI Users Go - If VANs No Longer Interconnect?

atlanta snowRecently 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 the assumption that no connection would be refused by any of the parties. But there is no law or policy that makes this assumption enforceable.The upcoming disconnection between GXS and Loren Data could turn out to be like a huge traffic jam (about as catastrophic as the recent snow-related one in Atlanta). Yes there are usually ways to get around a traffic jam, but you end up losing time and are inconvenienced in the process. Read more...

Bigger is Not Always Better – Exploring EDI Solutions

big contractRecently I've had opportunity to converse with suppliers who have won contracts with large organizations….refreshing to see.  Maybe our economy is continuing to turn for the better - that's only my own opinion as my expertise isn’t in our economy.  But like everyone else, I can have hope! Read more...

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