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Evolutionary Data Development: Contivo and Alloy

Fri, Feb 22, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by David McAlister posted in data transformation, EDI integration, integration software, data integration, cloud computing, Integration, data management, liaison technologies

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Photo appears courtesy of spykster.  Our business environment is rapidly changing with company mergers, new user technologies and a new competitor around every corner.  Many organizations find themselves caught up in the archaic development from years ago, unable to adapt to these changes.  Rather than being agile and open to change, these companies are consumed with keeping all their endpoints operational, not wanting to taking their eye off the ball.  But by not evolving, that's exactly what they've done.

Enter OpentText + Liaison's Contivo.

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Business Process Automation (BPA) - Where Do I Begin?

Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by David McAlister posted in Liaison Delta/ECS, automation, Integration, business process automation, BPA, workflow automation

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Photo appears courtesy of John LloydThis blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI.  For many years industrial process automation was accomplished with such inventions as the moving assembly line, and more recently robotics have been leveraged to further the automation of an inherently physical process.  In today’s data rich internet era, process automation is not limited to the industrial process or viewed as an emerging technology, but a necessity for every business in determining how best to serve the customer.  Business Process Automation (BPA) allows successful organizations to focus on developing key relationships and differentiating the value they deliver in the marketplace.

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EDI Communications Using AS2 or VAN

Fri, May 18, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by David McAlister posted in EDI integration, data integration, communication, AS2, VAN Services, Integration

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Picture appears courtesy of frankieleon. How many times have we gotten frustrated because the software on the computer or our phone changed with an update or upgrade, causing us to have to search for a function that once was so simple to find like changing the display characteristics on the computer?  Seems like it never ends - just when we think we know what we are doing in our golden years, we have to learn something new….real golden!  

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The Cloud Crowd

Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 05:14 PM / by David McAlister posted in cloud, amazon, Integration, web services

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Enjoying a beer at my favorite brewery over the holidays, my neighbor at the bar told me that Amazon's largest revenue comes from their server space rentals.  Who knew???  As consumers we have our eyes on all the products that they sell these days. There are actually people out there who buy virtually everything from the retail giant, from diapers to Xbox.  How nice is it as consumers to order something Thursday night after talking to someone at a Thanksgiving dinner and have it on our door step Saturday?  I have since learned that Amazon has been busy offering cloud services for more than a decade!

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Liaison's Alloy: Cloud Services Redefined

Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 09:05 PM / by David McAlister posted in data integration, cloud, cloud computing, SaaS, ERP integration, Managed Services

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Photo appears courtesy of Jason Pratt. Like everything in life, products evolve and services continue to be improved and refined.  Liaison is always on the cutting edge and their Alloy managed services is no exception.  As our phones have evolved into watches, calendars, alarm clocks and many other things, Alloy has done the same for data integration.  According to Ovum ICT Enterprise Insights 2016, Ovum places Liaison as one of the strongest players with state-of-the-art cloud solutions poised for growth in the near future.  This Ovum survey states that only a 1/4 of companies (excluding small companies) have strategic long term investments in their B2B integrations.  Liaison’s efforts with Alloy have served to provide a white glove, top-notch service to support Cloud computing with a unified platform and end-to-end compliance.

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Improving Supply Chain Visibility

Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 06:17 PM / by David McAlister posted in e-commerce, data integration, supply chain, technology, EDI ROI, EDI document, automation

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Picture appears courtesy of mjaaaae.  This week's blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI, an Aurora EDI Alliance parnter.  Companies of all sizes are engaged in a renewed commitment to further improve their supply chain in the effort to deliver the highly elusive perfect order. An order that arrives on time, is complete, in full compliance with all vendor rules and covenants, damage free, with accurate shipment notification and invoicing. 

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Is Your Gentran Product No Longer Supported?

Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 08:30 AM / by David McAlister posted in EDI integration, EDI software, EDI ROI, EDI Implementation, EDI provider, EDI options, communication, EDI expense, EDI history, ERP integration, Liaison Delta/ECS

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Photo appears courtesy of theilr.  Are you one of the many companies finding yourself without support for your Gentran product?  You’re not alone.  McAna EDI, Inc., an EDI solutions provider since 1995, recognizes the need for Gentran customers to look for alternative solutions to their currently unsupported Gentran products.  Last year, many Gentran customers using older versions were notified they would no longer receive support for their software as of May 1, 2015.  Now, a year later, those companies are feeling the effects and looking for help.

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Grow, Succeed and Prosper with Today's Integration Tools

Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 08:00 AM / by David McAlister posted in EDI integration, integration software, EDI software, data integration, technology, EDI ROI

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Photo appears courtesy of Vector Open Stock.  This year will mark McAna EDI, Inc.’s 20th year supporting our clients' integration/EDI solutions. Software companies and/or their products have come and gone, have been sold, renamed and have certainly matured. But along the way, one thing that will never change is the need to provide companies foresight and direction to implement integration solutions that streamline their business practices as well as the support to maintain these processes to ensure the ability to grow, succeed and prosper in ever changing supplier, customer and internal integration environments.

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ComplyLink's Track & Trace: Granola Style

Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 11:20 AM / by David McAlister posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, integration software, EDI software, data integration, technology, EDI provider, EDI compliant, enterprise resource planning, ERP integration, vendor managed inventory, Liaison Delta/ECS

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Photo appears courtesy of JeffreyW.  Have you ever found illicit drugs in your granola bar? More on that later. This year marks my 20th year integrating EDI as a reseller. My audience many times has been both the small to mid-sized companies that did not have their pulse on those fancy tech tools and the big corporations that dictated their EDI compliancy. Our value brings these vendors into the fold with the best-of-the-breed EDI tools along with the fortitude to recommend and the experience to execute. The solutions can include hosting, an EDI translator, integration development tools, and shipping & barcoding packages.

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