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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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Why EDI is Like Community Theater

Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @ 11:40 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, EDI Implementation, EDI basics, communication, EDI document

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This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Aurora's EDI Manager.  You might think this blog is a stretch – how can EDI, a very technical concept, be anything like Community Theatre, a very arts-based activity?  I’m going to tell you how. 

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SHA-1 vs. SHA-2 Digital Certificates - What's All the Fuss About?

Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI considerations, EDI software, technology, communication, data security, AS2

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Photo appears courtesy of F Delventhal.  This week's blog was written by Aurora Manager of EDI Hosting, Kim Zajehowski.  Many of you probably know about the new requirements coming regarding SHA2 digital certificates.  Before we discuss that, let's first look at SHA-1.  What is SHA-1?  According to Wikipedia, in cryptography, SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) is a cryptographic hash function designed by the United States National Security Agency and is a U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard published by the United States NIST. SHA-1 produces a 160-bit (20-byte) hash value known as a message digest.  A SHA-1 hash value is typically rendered as a hexadecimal number, 40 digits long.

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Avoiding "Failure to Communicate" EDI Data

Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 11:44 AM / by Warren Spiller posted in EDI considerations, technology, EDI basics, communication, Liaison Delta/ECS, AS2

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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.

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Planning for Disaster - Is Your EDI Department Prepared?

Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 04:51 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in EDI Technology, EDI considerations, EDI basics, communication, purge routine

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Picture appears courtesy of Michael Wifall.  In March of 2012, I wrote a blog titled "No Purge Routine?  Are You Becoming an e-Hoarder?"  Now, in June of 2016 I find myself dealing with that topic and also with a pet peeve of mine, documentation of procedures and process steps.  Let me explain why all of this popped up suddenly.

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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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Tech Savvy Generation Z Entering the Workforce

Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 01:38 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in technology, communication, social media

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Photo appears courtesy of Derek Σωκράτης Finch.  There have been a lot of articles complaining about the Millennial Generation in the workplace.  I teach college classes and have been able to get to know this new generation that is now in college and will soon be entering the workforce.  Many  refer to this new crop of young adults as Post Millennials, Gen Z or iGen as they have grown up with the Internet. 

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What Wikipedia Won't Tell You About EDI

Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 01:29 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, integration software, EDI software, data integration, EDI basics, EDI options, communication, EDI compliant, ERP integration

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Picture appears courtesy of Giulia Forsythe.  This week's blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI Services for Aurora Technologies.  Lots of people search for information on Wikipedia, don’t they?  What Wikipedia doesn’t tell you about EDI, could hurt you!  Or hurt your business.  Read on to get the 411.

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EDI, Communication and Modern Convenience

Fri, Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:27 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in EDI Technology, technology, communication

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Modern conveniences are never more appreciated than when we are faced with historic weather.  As I write this Blizzard NEMO is starting to make itself known in the Northeast.  We are ready with jugs of drinking water, a tub full of water for other uses, plenty of batteries, and lots of wood inside ready for the wood stove and fireplace.  These types of storms always remind me how dependant we are on electricity.  A new item that has been added to our storm readiness list is to charge up all the devices…cell phones, iPads and laptops.  What used to be considered a luxury is now commonplace.  Communication with the outside world becomes so much more important and missed when it is no longer there.  
 
As long as our customers still have power, their computer systems will still receive their EDI documents and process them as far as they can go without needing human intervention.  But nothing will be shipped so the process stops at some point.  That accentuates the fact that we work as a team with our computer systems and we need each other to complete the cycle.  So despite the snow quickly accumulating in my driveway, I am very thankful we still have electricity so work can continue.  And if we do lose power, we have our mobile devices charged and ready.
 
How prepared are YOU for any sort of disaster, natural or otherwise?  Please share with us any comments you have.  We love learning new things from our readers!

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Technology Resource Backup Plan

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 @ 03:26 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in EDI Technology, technology, communication

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I was recently reminded of the importance of having backup technology resources, not just files and hardware. Having a technology resource backup plan really hit home when one of my employees called me to let me know that the main vendor project leader for one of our customers had suddenly passed away from an aneurism.  The project this person was working on was for the install of a major new software package having to do with a national healthcare initiative.  It was very sad as the woman was only 30 years old with a young child.  There is a deadline date of September for this software to be implemented (the availability of major grant funds hinge on this).  We hope the vendor has a backup person in place or while grieving for their colleague, this vendor will have to do some major scrambling.

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