Picture appears courtesy of Tax Credits. This week's blog article was written by Art Douglas. "EDI can save your company 99% of the costs of receiving Purchase Orders and forwarding Shipment Notices and Invoices." That’s the claim made by the author of an article who knows about measuring that kind of thing. I would add that in my many years in the EDI industry, I have seen many implementations that squander any possible gains by failing to find out the facts before deciding how to implement EDI.
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.
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.
Photo appears courtesy of Dean Hochman. This week's blog was written by Art Douglas. Millenia ago, Og went into his cave looking for his deer-antler hatchet. But alas, he was unable to find it, for he had many belongings, and a very small cave. After hours of searching, the hatchet was discovered. Later, Og pondered how he could store the hatchet where it would be easier to find. At that moment, Og remembered his friend, Kow, who had a very large cave with many chambers. The two friends struck a deal. Kow would store Og’s weapons in one of his many chambers, so when Og needed them, he didn’t have to search for them in his own cluttered cave, he knew he could find them in Kow’s cave. Moreover, should Og wish to share his weapons with others in the community, he only had to notify Kow of the fact, and Kow would share Og’s stuff with whomever Og has allowed.
Photo appears courtesy of William Warby. I have a customer using a web-based EDI solution and they are just too big for it. They are currently weighing their options. But it got me thinking, how many organizations are out there using a solution that is really not working for them? Reasons why might include perceived complexity, cost concerns, integration limitations, and lack of technical staff. This article will focus on those four objections to making the move from web-based EDI to on-premise EDI software.
Guest blogging for the Aurora EDI Alliance is Nathan Camp of Liaison Technologies. Photo courtesy of Alan Cleaver.
Having just recently been through the process of selling software upgrades, we have presented every conceivable reason why this a good idea and have heard every conceivable objection. I myself am guilty of not upgrading! Every time I touch my iPhone I get a message that I haven't upgraded to the iOS 6. That being said, I thought it might be helpful to others who are either selling upgrades or considering an upgrade, to offer up a few good reasons why upgrading your EDI software is an important endeavor.
We get incoming leads all throughout the month and I can always tell which ones will not close based on the questions I get. Most of our prospects ask all the right questions, "Can you meet the requirements of my trading partner?" "Is integration possible?" "How long before we can be in production?" But there are a few who are only concerned with how much money they will have to spend and only want low cost EDI. This is a dangerous proposition because the old adage that you get what you pay for is alive and well. It is far better to look for COST EFFECTIVE EDI rather than just low cost EDI.