Photo appears courtesy of Steve Bowbrick. This blog article was written by Jim Gonzalez of EDI Support LLC, an EDI Alliance partner. I am constantly looking for ways to keep up with everything that is going on with the various ERP software packages out there. Although I specialize in Sage products, I like to share information with clients and peers on all things ERP that I happen to come across. One of the easiest ways to do this is through Twitter feeds. They are quick blurbs that I can choose to read or ignore, and most contain links to more detailed articles. As a society there is such a demand to stay informed in real-time and Twitter is by far the best tool for that. You will hear from consultants, VARs and actual users that work with these ERP solutions on a daily basis. Here are the top 5 Twitter feeds (not in any particular order) that I follow to stay abreast of ERP news and information...enjoy!
We are excited to announce that GraceBlood LLC, out of Baltimore, MD, has joined the Aurora EDI Alliance! GraceBlood is the seventh company to join the Alliance since its inception in the fall of 2011. We had the opportunity to get to know this group when we all met up in Santa Barbara last fall and we are super excited to have them join us. With the addition of GraceBlood, we now have a diverse and extensive portfolio of ERP packages we can integrate with, making the Aurora EDI Alliance a powerful ally for small, medium and large businesses alike.
Photo appears courtesy of JeffreyW. Have you ever found illicit drugs in your granola bar? More on that later. This year marks my 20th year integrating EDI as a reseller. My audience many times has been both the small to mid-sized companies that did not have their pulse on those fancy tech tools and the big corporations that dictated their EDI compliancy. Our value brings these vendors into the fold with the best-of-the-breed EDI tools along with the fortitude to recommend and the experience to execute. The solutions can include hosting, an EDI translator, integration development tools, and shipping & barcoding packages.
Photo appears courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik. Do you have a separate solution for every business process? There's one company that handles your Webstore, one that that deals with your warehousing, another vendor for your ERP and the list goes on. No one really knows what the others are doing and you feel like you are in the middle of a major metropolitan spaghetti bowl! There is another way...
Photo appears courtesy of SharonaGott. Next up in our Aurora Team Biography Series is Kim Zajehowski, Aurora's Manager of EDI Hosting. Kim is one of our very talented EDI integration extraordinaires here at Aurora. She helps me close leads like a superstar with her comprehensive yet easy to understand software demos. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions and here is a little bit of what she had to say...
Photo appears courtesy of Colored Pencil Magazine. A painful, almost disastrous lesson learned...don't let this happen to you!
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.
Photo appears courtesy of Rhonda Oglesby. As I have said many times, in many blogs - if you're processing more than 20 transactions per day then you should be integrated. There are other considerations however when you're thinking of pursuing an integration solution. Take this short quiz to find out if you're really ready to integrate!
Photo appears courtesy of Social Innovation Camp. We have offered a lot of advice about integration over the two and a half years that we have been blogging. Rather than make you look for those pearls of wisdom, we thought it would be nice to create a handy digest for data integration best practices. For you integration veterans out there, if you have any tidbits of advice you'd like to share, please feel free to comment. We love hearing from our readers!