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From the Top - Kim Zablocky - VCF

Kim Zablocky of VCF talks about what is required to create the "Perfect Order" at the Fall 2010 VCF Conference.



How does EDI Fit in SaaS and Cloud Platforms?

saascloudConfusion reigns over whether hosted or software as a service (SaaS) is the better choice for that next software overhaul. It doesn't help that so many hosted vendors are touting their wares as SaaS or Cloud. Of course, there's a reason for the blurring of label lines – SaaS is on an upswing in most markets. Put another way: everyone has their heads in the Cloud these days.


SaaS EDI to Back-end ERP – How’s the Connection?

Organizations may think solutions that link newer SaaS-based EDI systems to their back-end systems are too incomplete. Work still needs to be done, but there are options. EDI paved the way for the standard, real-time exchange of business documents, such as purchase orders, ASNs, bills of lading and more. But the traditional platforms on which EDI transactions—the Value Added Networks—are being overshadowed by Internet technologies such as Software-as-a-Service (Saas).


Analyzing Your Trade

SAS_PortalLast week we asked you (via a quick survey) about your experience with analytics, and analytics derived from EDI transaction data in particular. The topic of analytics in general has become a widely discussed area, and I thought I'd provide a little perspective both on the comments we received in our survey, and on just exactly what analytics are. Read more...

Information-sharing Through Integration is Vital to Successful Relationships With 3PLs

3plFor any logistics operation to be effective, it has to share information with the back-end systems that run most businesses. That is true for companies who run their own logistics, and for those who hire third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to manage some, or all, of their supply chains. But information-sharing takes commitment and seamless integration between multiple IT systems in geographically different locations. The good news is that 3PLs have begun implementing the necessary technology to share information—often in real-time—with their customers; and Web-based tools used by both the 3PLs and user organizations have made the systems integration much easier. Read more...

Wanted: Supply Chain Management Dashboards that Deliver

dashboard1There’s nothing necessarily new about dashboards – software that serves as a control panels for enterprise applications and provides high-level views of a variety of performance and data-intensive information. But what’s clear is their growing importance for supply chain managers. Read more...

EDI Scheduling and File Transfer Best Practices

scheduleUnless an organization is starting jobs using an adhoc method, scheduling plays a major role in EDI implementations. Scheduling during EDI projects is unfortunately very often taken for granted. However, very frequently a lot of EDI jobs error out in their first few weeks of production because enough thought does not go into the scheduling process.



Enterprise Schedulers vs EDI Schedulers

ScheduleEntrySome organizations (especially Fortune 1000 companies) chose to use enterprise level job scheduling software (aka Workload automation) for all IT jobs not just EDI. The enterprise scheduling software is maintained by the IT operations team and includes dozens of other jobs in addition to EDI such as mainframe jobs, SAP jobs, PeopleSoft jobs and etc. The scheduling software has adapters installed on the servers where the jobs are actually executed and they run as a service. Then the operations team uses a client version of the software to set up the jobs and monitor them. Some examples of popular job schedulers (in no particular order) are Control-M, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, BMC CONTROL-M, and IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler. There are a also half-a-dozen open-source job schedulers out there as well.

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