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Happy Holidays from the Aurora EDI Alliance

Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, technology, EDI provider, EDI Consultant

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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.

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Improving Your Business Processes: What Teaching College Has Taught Me

Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Faith Lamprey posted in technology, Integration, business processes, accounting information systems, a/r process

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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.  

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Pajama Day AKA Working From Home

Tue, Jun 06, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in technology, EDI provider, EDI Consultant

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Photo appears courtesy of Marco Verch. This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI for Aurora Technologies.  According to Global Workplace Analytics, research from last year indicates that 50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency.  Furthermore, 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time.  Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are entirely revamping their space around the fact that employees are already mobile. Studies repeatedly show they are not at their desk 50-60% of the time. On average, a telecommuter is college-educated, 49 years old, and earns an annual salary of $58,000 while working for a company with more than 100 employees.

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Electronic Trading Profiles for Fun and Profit

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 07:26 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in e-commerce, supply chain, technology, EDI ROI, EDI onboarding, supplier enablement, automation

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Photo appears courtesy of Opensource.com. This blog was written by Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC out of Baltimore, a member of the Aurora EDI Alliance.  You have a website, perhaps a line card, business cards, other collateral for your business, yes? And you have or soon will have the capability to exchange business documents with customers, suppliers or other trading partners via EDI or other ways that significantly reduce the time spent by your most valuable asset, your people, as they handle daily business transactions. This new capability also improves accuracy, decreases cycle times and improves relationships with those same trading partners. You may have made a significant investment in dollars and experience to get to this point. You may have had to do it at the behest of a single significant trading partner. Well, that was the hard part and now you have an important new tool! One of the easiest ways to increase your return on that investment and increase your business’s profit is to add more trading partners or business documents.

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5 Data Trends That Will Dominate 2017

Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, technology, cloud, SaaS

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Blog and photo reposted with permission from Liaison Technologies.  2016 has been an exciting year for the enterprise cloud sector. Data has become a business currency, and the world’s leading organizations continue to propel data collection and usage with their use of specialized apps in the professional realm. A couple of years ago, Baseline reported that for a typical Fortune 1000 company, just a 10% increase in data accessibility would result in more than $65 million additional net income. Since then, it’s been up to data professionals to tackle the challenge of turning data accessibility into a viable and sustainable benefit for their organizations.

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Improving Supply Chain Visibility

Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 06:17 PM / by David McAlister posted in e-commerce, data integration, supply chain, technology, EDI ROI, EDI document, automation

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Picture appears courtesy of mjaaaae.  This week's blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI, an Aurora EDI Alliance parnter.  Companies of all sizes are engaged in a renewed commitment to further improve their supply chain in the effort to deliver the highly elusive perfect order. An order that arrives on time, is complete, in full compliance with all vendor rules and covenants, damage free, with accurate shipment notification and invoicing. 

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SHA-1 vs. SHA-2 Digital Certificates - What's All the Fuss About?

Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI considerations, EDI software, technology, communication, data security, AS2

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Photo appears courtesy of F Delventhal.  This week's blog was written by Aurora Manager of EDI Hosting, Kim Zajehowski.  Many of you probably know about the new requirements coming regarding SHA2 digital certificates.  Before we discuss that, let's first look at SHA-1.  What is SHA-1?  According to Wikipedia, in cryptography, SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) is a cryptographic hash function designed by the United States National Security Agency and is a U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard published by the United States NIST. SHA-1 produces a 160-bit (20-byte) hash value known as a message digest.  A SHA-1 hash value is typically rendered as a hexadecimal number, 40 digits long.

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27 Years of EDI

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 02:09 PM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI Technology, technology, EDI document, EDI history, electronic data interchange

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I started my journey with EDI (electronic data interchange) 27 years ago working on Telex machines, yes the things of ticker tape parades. My assignment, through a relation with Western Union, was to connect pre-internet, pre-eMail, and even pre-FAX computers, still relatively uncommon compared to today, to the Telex network.  The end game was to allow companies to send domestic and international registered messages easily, without using the cumbersome, slow and heavy ticker tape driven iron Telex machines.

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Avoiding "Failure to Communicate" EDI Data

Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 11:44 AM / by Warren Spiller posted in EDI considerations, technology, EDI basics, communication, Liaison Delta/ECS, AS2

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I’m reminded of the famous line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke: ”What we have here is a failure to communicate.”  I have found that many newly EDI compliant companies, as well some EDI veterans, are not aware that there are multiple methods of sending and receiving EDI documents.

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My Logs Killed MySQL

Fri, Mar 25, 2016 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, EDI software, data integration, technology, data security, Liaison Delta/ECS

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