Photo appears courtesy of R/DV/RS. This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Aurora's EDI Manager. Ping! You hear your email and there’s another one of those “New Requirements” emails from one of your trading partners, Perfection Construction. Yeah, yeah, I’ll look at it later. You never get to it because you have Evan in Sales breathing down your neck about getting ABC Company up and running for EDI ASAP so they can place orders. Wait a minute! Did Evan put you in contact with ABC Company’s EDI department to get the specs? Do we even know if we can do all of their documents and if we can meet their requirements? Here comes Mary Jane from Accounts Receivable– what does she want? She needs you to research Best Hardware as they are not paying their invoices. Let me work on that now before the CFO starts yelling about lack of payments.
Photo appears courtesy of brownpau. This blog was written by Kim Zajehowski, Aurora's Manager of EDI Hosting. How many times have you scheduled to do an EDI application upgrade only to find out you have not met all of the requirements the day of the upgrade or that users were not informed that the system would be unavailable during upgrade time? The objective is to eliminate surprises during the upgrade process and reduce stress when you have to shut down your EDI functionality while you are upgrading your EDI system. Your EDI system is probably one of the most critical applications in your environment.
Photo appears courtesy of JD Hancock. I would have to say implementing and running a successful EDI system is 35% exceptional EDI software, 55% experienced EDI consultants and 10% good old fashioned luck. So what can happen when you DON'T have the luck o' the Irish? Bad things, very bad things. Here's a list of some of those nightmares. Watch out for those leprechauns - they can be very mischievous!