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Are Your "Good" Customers Really All That Good?

Fri, Jun 07, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in enterprise resource planning, data management, data, Syncrofy

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This blog was written by Robert Ruppert, Regional Sales Manager at Enavate and reprinted with permission.  You have a customer who has been loyal and dependable for years. And that customer spends more with you than any other. So, obviously, that’s your best customer, right?

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If Your ERP Isn't Keeping Up, Your Operations Are At Risk

Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in cloud, cloud computing, SaaS, ERP integration

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This blog was written by Patric Timmermans, Head of Marketing for Enavate.  Ben Franklin famously said the only certainties in life are death and taxes. If the founding father were alive now, he might add one more item to that list:  You will eventually have to update your ERP solution. And when you do, you need to migrate to the cloud. 

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Our Take on NAW's Message to Distributors to Disrupt Now: Just Do It

Mon, Mar 18, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in distribution, data, customer experience, innovate

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This blog was reprinted with permission by ENAVATE and was written by ENAVATE's Head of Marketing, Patric Timmermans.  When leaders of the distribution world gathered earlier this year in Washington, D.C., for the annual National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) conference, disruption was the order of the day.

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The 5 Best ERP Twitter Feeds to Follow

Fri, Feb 08, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, enterprise resource planning, ERP integration, EDI Consultant

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Photo appears courtesy of Steve Bowbrick. This blog article was written by Jim Gonzalez of EDI Support LLC, an EDI Alliance partner.  I am constantly looking for ways to keep up with everything that is going on with the various ERP software packages out there. Although I specialize in Sage products, I like to share information with clients and peers on all things ERP that I happen to come across. One of the easiest ways to do this is through Twitter feeds. They are quick blurbs that I can choose to read or ignore, and most contain links to more detailed articles. As a society there is such a demand to stay informed in real-time and Twitter is by far the best tool for that.  You will hear from consultants, VARs and actual users that work with these ERP solutions on a daily basis.  Here are the top 5 Twitter feeds (not in any particular order) that I follow to stay abreast of ERP news and information...enjoy!

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Evolution of Data and the Data Engineer

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, cloud, Managed Services, big data analytics, liaison technologies

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This blog is being reprinted with permission from OpenText + Liaison Technologies.  Article was written by Ehi Binitie. In the age of big data, most people understand the importance of gathering and using data to make decisions, drive business processes and understand what is happening throughout the entire enterprise. They know that people with very specific skills are essential to effectively capturing, managing and analyzing data for use, but the roles within the data team are not well understood – especially mine.

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EDI Architecture - Keep It Super Simple

Fri, Dec 28, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in e-commerce, EDI Consultant, EDI, EDI architecture

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Photo appears courtesy of DawnThis blog was written by Art Douglas, a member of the EDI Alliance. What is the opposite of "KISS"? The answer of course, is Rube Goldberg. For those of you who have no idea what I just posited, allow me to explain.  "KISS" is an acronym for Keep It Simple, Stupid.  Now if you are sensitive, please don’t get uncomfortable about the "Stupid" part.  It merely allows us to use "KISS," thereby making it memorable.  If you prefer, think of it as Keep It Super Simple.  Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who delighted readers by drawing overly-complicated mechanical machines that accomplished simple tasks. Think Mousetrap game.

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: An EDI Fairytale

Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in RFID tagging, EDI, rfid, X12, EDI manager

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Photo appears courtesy of Thad Zajdowicz.  This week, for a little #flashbackfriday, we are reprinting our fun takeoff on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Just a little holiday humor...with sincere apologies to the original author, Clement Clarke Moore.

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the store not a PO was issued, and 860s no more. 

RFID tags hung by receiving dock with care, in hopes that the trucks soon would be there.

The clerks were all nestled at registers and stations, while visions of UPC codes danced across nations.

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EDI Alliance Biography Series: Lisa Crosley

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in electronic data interchange, AS2, EDI Consultant, EDI, B2B

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As you may have heard, GraceBlood LLC acquired Aurora Technologies back in October of this year.  We will now be revisiting our Biography Series to include GraceBlood's amazing team of consultants and today we are featuring Lisa Crosley.  Lisa has been an EDI consultant with GraceBlood for 12 years. She initially worked with GraceBlood as a client EDI coordinator so when her company closed their US distribution operation, Karen and AMY wasted no time in bringing Lisa on board.

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What are the Most Successful B2Cs Doing?

Fri, Sep 21, 2018 @ 06:17 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, automation, amazon, Walmart, smb, B2C

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Photo appears courtesy of Mike MozartThis blog was written by Aurora EDI Alliance partner, Jim Gonzalez.  This is a question all companies should be asking themselves as we are moving in the direction of purchasing all goods online through mobile devices.  How often do you go to the store to pick up something you ordered online? Grocery stores are moving to ordering online with the local store delivering to your home. Some stores - Walmart and Target come to mind - allow you to order online and pick up at the local store to save on shipping.  This is due to Walmart and other major entities moving into other sectors they weren’t historically known for. Walmart was the go-to retail store for discount items just a decade ago. Now they are pushing to also be your discount everything from tires to iPads to tomatoes, and even offer additional discounts for ordering online with store pick-up. To further meet consumer demand, they are offering more items that are either organic or sourced sustainably or both.  Think about it, if you stay stagnant, you will quickly become irrelevant in today’s competitive environment.

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Dashboard Dreams

Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 06:51 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, ERP integration, Integration, business processes, big data analytics, B2B integration, dashboard

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Photo appears courtesy of Airwaves1.  This blog was written by Alliance partner, Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC.  Our company serves supply chain clients who operate their own on premises systems for handling EDI activity as well as clients who rely on our managed services for handling some or all such B2B activity. We’ve been exploring how best to leverage the latest technology to deliver useful, actionable information based on such activity directly to our clients. Lately, we’ve been dreaming about delivering dashboards, or at-a-glance views of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor important aspects of the business. Today’s tech is so powerful, today’s dreams quickly become tomorrow’s reality!

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