Photo appears courtesy of Kevin Dooley. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” is what Roy Scheider famously said in the 1975 film Jaws. Of course, this is now a well-known euphemism for “we’re going to need more resources,” which brings us to a meeting three decades later.
Photo appears courtesy of Les Roches Global Hospitality Education. I have spent many years implementing and supporting EDI solutions from Liaison Technologies with both private and public companies, including the military.
I’m reminded of the famous line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke: ”What we have here is a failure to communicate.” I have found that many newly EDI compliant companies, as well some EDI veterans, are not aware that there are multiple methods of sending and receiving EDI documents.
Picture appears courtesy of Fritz van Eerd - Hockenheim. When I started my software company in 1976, I bought a computer for development. It had 48K of RAM (that’s ‘K’, not ‘MB’) and 12MB of disk space (that’s ‘MB’, not ‘GB’). It cost about $70,000.00 (that’s 1976 dollars). Today, my $600 lap-top is many thousand times more powerful than that first computer.
Bob Dylan’s 60s hit still has meaning here in the 21st century, even when it comes to your EDI processing. When I first started working with EDI in the early 80s, there were very few EDI software options available. A business—large, medium or small—that required EDI capabilities had to either develop their own in-house EDI translation software, or purchase one of these few EDI software suites, most of which were “one size fits all,” priced based on its high-end or enterprise usage, and very difficult to operate. The situation remained pretty much the same until the mid to late 90s, when companies like Softshare (now Liaison Technologies) began developing smarter, user-friendly EDI Translation and EDI Communications software designed to meet the needs of small to medium sized businesses and priced to match the budgets of those companies.
The oil boom in North Dakota will not only be affecting businesses directly related to oil. With plans to build industrial parks, hotels, restaurants and medical facilities, businesses involved in the manufacture and wholesale distribution of food, medical supplies, auto parts, and just about every type of commodity will be springing up and expanding. EDI technology will be a crucial component to helping those businesses thrive in this exciting economic environment.