Now is the time of year when EDI managers start looking at what’s left in the current budget and what projects can be set aside for next year. With spending being on a hiatus in the early uncertain days of 2021, many companies have unspent money in their IT budget. Perhaps you have a big project scheduled in early 2022 but not enough capital in the 2021 budget to cover it. If you play it smart, you can sometimes include both fiscal years for these bigger projects and come out looking like a rock star to your CFO. Take company Random Client from Anywhere, USA who wants to implement a mid-5 figure Enterprise level integration platform that includes scale-out processing and failover. They don’t want the entire cost to come from neither 2021 nor 2022. Simple – I advised him to buy the software licenses now, which can be installed at a later date, and we can bill them for Professional Services whenever they are ready in 2022. This is the simplest way to split your project between two different fiscal years and is a scenario we see often.
Photo appears courtesy of Brianna Lehman. This week's blog was written by Kim Zajehowski, Aurora's Manager of EDI Hosting. As a person who has worked in the EDI area for many years, I have learned that it is not an easy task to stay current and on top of all of your customer requirements at all times. Not only are your customers always enhancing their internal processes, but your organization may be doing the same. This has a direct effect on EDI trading partners and how they communicate EDI transactions, ticketing ramifications, and shipping requirements. There are also customer GS1-128/UCC-128/Carton Label requirements to follow, down to the size of the font used for the printed information, the format of where to put certain information, and bar coding specifications. If you don’t keep up with these changes, you will see a great number of compliance chargebacks. This can get quite expensive really fast and can end up with you having to pay for the orders placed to your company due to the issues. No net gain there.
Photo appears courtesy of Nikos Koutoulas. And now we revisit a blog we did a few years ago for some holiday fun! This is our take on'Twas the Night Before Christmas...with sincere apologies to the original author, Clement Clarke Moore.
We are excited to announce that we have a new addition to the Aurora EDI Alliance. Jim Gonzalez, a 20 year EDI veteran, has joined the gang as an EDI consultant and yet again expanded our ever growing knowledge base of expertise on EDI and data integration. Jim joins us from the Philadelphia area and I recently had the chance to get to know him a little for the purpose of this article.
Picture appears courtesy of Christian Witte. It’s getting hot out there…and I’m not talking about climate change. Our garden is not doing well, but that’s a topic for another day.
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.
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 Tom Childers. This blog was written by Art Douglas from the Aurora EDI Alliance. As an EDI consultant, every day I search for new clients. Yesterday I once again saw an ad that had frequently presented itself over the past six months. It advertised for an EDI SPECIALIST. In the ad, it described the job as a customer service position, and one of the requirements was, “Must be experienced in entering the EDI orders.”
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.
This week we are reprinting our fun take on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas...with sincere apologies to the original author, Clement Clarke Moore.