Photo appears courtesy of Eli Christman. Many years ago we published a blog entitled Five Reasons to be Grateful for EDI Integration. I considered reprinting it, because well, I think it is still relevant today. But then I thought, there are more than FIVE, so here is a brand new blog, with five MORE reasons to be grateful for EDI and B2B integration. As for me, I am grateful to work with an amazing team of talented integration specialists. What are YOU grateful for this year?
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.
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Photo appears courtesy of John Lloyd. This blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI. For many years industrial process automation was accomplished with such inventions as the moving assembly line, and more recently robotics have been leveraged to further the automation of an inherently physical process. In today’s data rich internet era, process automation is not limited to the industrial process or viewed as an emerging technology, but a necessity for every business in determining how best to serve the customer. Business Process Automation (BPA) allows successful organizations to focus on developing key relationships and differentiating the value they deliver in the marketplace.
Photo appears courtesy of Airwaves1. This blog was written by Alliance partner, Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC. Our company serves supply chain clients who operate their own on premises systems for handling EDI activity as well as clients who rely on our managed services for handling some or all such B2B activity. We’ve been exploring how best to leverage the latest technology to deliver useful, actionable information based on such activity directly to our clients. Lately, we’ve been dreaming about delivering dashboards, or at-a-glance views of key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor important aspects of the business. Today’s tech is so powerful, today’s dreams quickly become tomorrow’s reality!
Picture appears courtesy of frankieleon. How many times have we gotten frustrated because the software on the computer or our phone changed with an update or upgrade, causing us to have to search for a function that once was so simple to find like changing the display characteristics on the computer? Seems like it never ends - just when we think we know what we are doing in our golden years, we have to learn something new….real golden!
As I sit at my desk for the last time this year ending a very busy year I think back to the late 1980s when I first got into EDI. I had gotten a taste of programming in communications, connecting computers to Telex machines, and companies were clamoring for technicians who could figure out Bisync modems. Walmart was requiring all suppliers to use them to receive orders and send invoices by EDI into the Walmart mainframes.
Enjoying a beer at my favorite brewery over the holidays, my neighbor at the bar told me that Amazon's largest revenue comes from their server space rentals. Who knew??? As consumers we have our eyes on all the products that they sell these days. There are actually people out there who buy virtually everything from the retail giant, from diapers to Xbox. How nice is it as consumers to order something Thursday night after talking to someone at a Thanksgiving dinner and have it on our door step Saturday? I have since learned that Amazon has been busy offering cloud services for more than a decade!
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.
Photo appears courtesy of Shane Global. Teaching college level classes is always challenging and fun. The students have a great desire to succeed in their field in business, but lack the knowledge of how business works and what they will actually be doing once they join the full time work force.