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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...

Recommended Next Actions for OpenText

Broken-ChainAs OpenText acquires GXS there are some opportunities available to the now combined company to pursue its mission. We reported a couple weeks ago about the acquisition (here). Read more...

Givers/Takers – Winners/Losers

give-and-takeEver hear about how people are described as givers or takers? Givers give without strings. Esteem for givers rises over time. Takers expect more than they give. Eventually, times catches up to the takers. The same applies to businesses. The world of EDI is plagued with a taker. Read more...

Improved AS2

complexity2Like VANs, AS2 gets complex if there are more than a couple of nodes involved. It is an excellent protocol with strong encryption and digital signatures, positive sender identification and proof of receipt. It is the implementation that can be weak, not the application. Read more...

GXS - A New Start? Again?

gxs opentextIn the same year that Francisco Partners LP declared "We carried out a market check with JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and although the valuations we received were reasonable, we did not think they were compelling for us to sell GXS at this moment," roughly that same amount was enough for OpenText to acquire the company. It could be that Francisco Partners simply tired of the slow pace of recovering its investment or that its own investors didn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Read more...

ECSP's, the 3rd Type of EDI Customer

Service-ProviderEcommerce Service Providers (ECSP) are a “hybrid” with high turnover rate, deal with all implementation guides, and amount to a “Hub of Spokes”). An ECSP is what we previously called VAS (value added services) such as SPS Commerce. Can be referred to as a “VAN2” if it moves EDI messages over the Internet. Read more...

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