Done with 2011 - Ready for 2012

another_year_gone_bytWell, it's another year come and gone. In a couple of weeks most companies will close out their fiscal year end. It's been an interesting year to say the least. Uncertainty around global economies being the biggest concern. However there are signs of good things that have happened during 2011, one of those being the change in mentality for companies to take a deeper look into their processes and implement several cost saving or efficiency measures to work smarter. Below I've recapped my observations -

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Cecil's Takes a Gander

applepieLast week I was taking the slow and casual route toward the Southland, and had pulled into one of my long time favorite roadside eateries. I was just finishing up my slice of Mother Mabry's apple pie and a cup of coffee when I got a call from one of my clients asking to know what his trading partner ID was. After asking him just a couple of questions, I learned that he had received a survey from one of his customers, Gander Mountain, who was asking him about using web forms. Interesting question, I thought, but why would Gander Mountain even care? Is Gander Mountain getting into the EDI service provider business? Read more...

What Your EDI Skills Can Lead To

virtualRecently I have been seeing what my almost thirty years of EDI experience has prepared me for. Working with a private corporation that operates with an almost virtual national headquarters, I have been challenged with a wide variety of assignments. The skill that got me into this was a good rapport with the senior manager of the corporation (an LLC). I attribute my acquiring this skill because an EDI person is constantly working with both business managers and technical managers. Read more...

What Can Go Wrong? Anything!

What can go wrong with an EDI? Implementation? Anything can. From simple unpreparedness to resistant employees/management. The first thing one needs for a successful EDI implementation is management buy-in. A supportive management team/champion who has the authority to allocate the proper resources can make or break a project. Read more...

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