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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...

Spokes, the 2nd Type of EDI Customer

spokes1What is wrong with the current approach to EDI implementation? We need a new concept. Everybody wants to be a “Hub” not a “Spoke”, because that is where the money is made. That is also why new EDI implementations have stagnated. Our answer is to turn “Spokes” into “Hubs”. Currently, the “Hub” realizes benefits; the “Spoke” does not. Why can't a Spoke become a Hub and trade electronically with lower-tier suppliers and with their own customers? Only because traditionally they have thought it was too complicated. Read more...

Focus on Hubs – One ofThree Types of EDI Customers

Hub 1A HUB is just one type of EDI customer. Hubs are characterized by high volume, lots of partners, high availability and high accuracy. The concept of the “Hub” is simple. These are the companies who reach out to their trading partners and request those partners to trade electronically. Read more...

EDI is Dead... Once More

edi deadIt’s an old topic - EDI being dead. And the reality is that at the current rate of use and adoption, EDI and its similar counterparts are not likely to disappear… possibly ever. But the importance of EDI as a singular and only answer to digital supply chain management is diminishing in importance. Read more...

Daisychaining - from GXS' Perspective

CuttingChainLast week we published a list of trading partners that might be affected by the discontinuation of GXS’ contract with LorenData / ECGrid. After receiving a few comments from knowledgeable people in the business that the list may be inaccurate, we removed the document. Even so, we believe that there is likely some number of trading partners that will be left in the lurch when the connection they have been using for a decade stops working some time in 2014. Also later last week I had the opportunity to talk with Steve Scala, GXS’ senior vp of strategy and development. Here’s a recap of our conversation and my own observations.


BOTS - An Open Source EDI Tool

botsWant to answer the age-old (well, maybe not age-old… perhaps just decades-old) question of where in the organization does EDI belong?  Try BOTS… the open-source EDI solution.  Here’s my take on it. Read more...

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