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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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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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What is Tableau Software and How Does it Relate to EDI?

Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 08:36 AM / by Faith Lamprey posted in data transformation, data integration, EDI, big data analytics

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Photo appears courtesy of Todd Huffman.  Data seems to be the be-all end-all of today’s business world.  We have access to more data than ever before, but no one seems to know what to do with it.  Enter Tableau.  I spent three days in a Tableau class this summer to learn how to use this software package to discover interesting insights that can be found by analyzing data about a company’s customers and products.  The Tableau software is a data visualization tool that allows you to explore and better understand your data and create insightful visuals and dashboard displays to help with decision making.  Using the analytical tools and robust visualization the software contains can unveil trends, correlations and meaningful statistics that are not obvious by just looking at the raw data.  Tableau also enables a story about the data to be told in a format that is interactive allowing for slicing and dicing of the data to answer questions from your audience during a presentation to reveal even more insights on the fly.  This software is powerful and easy to use and is being utilized by many organizations to uncover a wealth of information from their data to help with decision making.

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The Definitive Guide to the Business Benefits of Digital Transformation

Tue, Jul 03, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, data integration, globalization, big data analytics

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This blog, written by Liaison VP Gary Palgon, is reprinted with permission by Liaison Technologies.  Much has been said and written about digital transformation and its benefits. But as companies that have embraced digital transformation continue to be analyzed and studied, patterns emerge and the positive impacts of digital transformation can be summarized into three major benefits: the transformation of business operations, the evolution of customer-centric organizations, and the revolution of business models.

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TBT - The First Question is, "What is EDI Capable?"

Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 02:27 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, EDI software, EDI Implementation, EDI basics, SaaS, Web EDI, AS2, automation

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It's Throwback Thursday (and May 4th, see pic) so to celebrate we are reprinting our most popular blog article.  Photo appears courtesy of Michel Curi.  

I get many calls each month from suppliers who have been told by their customer that they need to be EDI capable.  And their first question is, "What is EDI capable?"  Simply stated, being EDI capable is the capability to send and receive electronic business documents in a specific format based on established standards.  There are essentially two ways to accomplish EDI capability:  Outsource or buy your own software.

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EDI Software...Red or Blue?

Fri, Nov 04, 2016 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, integration software, EDI Implementation, EDI options

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We published this blog originally back in 2012. It still resonates today, so with the upcoming election, we thought we'd post it again.  Much like our presidential candidates, EDI software, data integration packages and enterprise application integration (EAI) solutions make many promises but can they deliver?  And more importantly, are we holding them to their promises?  There are so many solutions available and for the most part organizations have the right idea when going through the process of choosing their solution.  Where they fail is in execution and post implementation evaluation.

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Why We Love Liaison's Delta/ECS Data Integration Package

Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 11:37 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, EDI considerations, integration software, EDI software, EDI ROI, enterprise resource planning, EDI document, Liaison Delta/ECS, AS2

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Who Wins the Popularity Contest? XML or JSON?

Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 01:31 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in data transformation, EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, integration software, data integration, technology

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Photo appears courtesy of the Auburn Alumni Association.  One of our Aurora EDI Alliance ERP partners asked an interesting question the other day.  He asked if he should start developing his maps to be sent in JSON instead of XML.  He felt that JSON was more popular than XML.  That started me thinking about this as we have been asked to do a lot of XML mapping lately, but not much JSON.

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Quibids.com Harnesses the Power of Delta/ECS

Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 12:22 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, EDI integration, e-commerce, integration software, EDI software, data integration, EDI ROI, EDI Implementation, Liaison Delta/ECS

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Are Your EDI Maps Made of Straw, Wood or Brick?

Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 06:39 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in data transformation, integration software, EDI software, data integration, EDI provider, EDI document, ERP integration

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Over the years as EDI consultants, we have done modifications to many maps-ones we created and ones created by others. We have seen a great variety of maps, from well thought out and well constructed to "what were
they thinking!" Once an EDI map is written, tested, and in production it should run with no errors that were caused by the map. (Please do not get me started on errors
caused by incorrect or missing data from the ERP system!) So why have we spent so much time "fixing" maps that are in production and have been running fine for a long time? All of the examples below are emergency
situations, which always seems to occur when there is a big rush order.

Maps made of Straw: The prime thing we see in these maps is that the original author of the map hard coded data that should have been retrieved from the database. Sure, you only sell to one department of a company today so why bother trying to find out where that data is on the database? And if it is not stored on the database, why be the squeaky wheel who insists that the data should be a field on the invoice file?

Maps made of Wood: Another "fix" we have done many times is to add segments for discounts and allowances. Again, the map had been working and now it does not cross-foot. What is happening in reality here is changes in business processes – these maps didn’t suddenly "break.”  But Management does not see it that way.  Another issue is 3rd party testing.  Management has had to pay extra to go through testing the EDI documents for a new customer.  They
expect the maps to work perfectly as soon as that testing is done.  It is hard to explain that testing with "Widgets" (rather than real items), is not the same as testing with real data.  In other words, this 3rd party testing is not truly testing the maps, it is really only testing the connection.  Unless you have built this post-testing phase into your budget, you will have issues defending the
additional time it takes to get a map running smoothly.

Maps made of Brick: These are the maps where the map author took the time to hard code as little as possible, did a careful review of the mapping specifications to ensure all segments are coded properly and tested for as many situations as possible. Granted, you cannot anticipate every situation and you cannot guarantee that your trading partners will adhere to their own standards, but focus on what you can control and take the time to integrate the map as closely as you can to your ERP system. This will result in a map that has a solid foundation, and will avoid some of these pitfalls described above.

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