The Services Dimension of Cloud Delivery – EDI Example

With its tremendous rise in popularity, vendors of all stripes are scrambling to position their offerings in the cloud. We’ll save definitions of the flavors of cloud implementations that are out there for another blog post. Just keep in mind that virtually all solution vendors are coming from a software development background. Since software is traditionally installed […]

Change Management for Warehouse and ASN Automation

You presented the ROI case to management and your proposal for warehouse and ASN automation was approved!  Now you need to implement your new solution and processes.  But that’s the easy part.  The hard part will be getting your existing staff to change the way they work and adapt to the new solution.  There are many painful […]

Computing Return on Investment (ROI) for ASN Process Automation

Following our How to Drive ASN Process Automation Improvement blog post you went to work to envision, design and document a new automated approach to pick, pack, and ship operations.  With your new approach you will meet your customers’ demands for information and advanced shipment notification.  And you will improve internal operations, cutting costs and […]

Reducing Chargebacks

For mid-sized suppliers, conducting e-business while complying with the mandates of retail supply chains can be daunting. Costs for trade non-compliance are significant. Among the biggest potential profit drains are the fees—termed chargebacks (or deductions, or offsets)—that retailers assess for supplier mistakes. Industry reports suggest that supplier revenues can be reduced upwards of 10% by […]

Sage Accounting/ERP Product Name Changes

In case you haven’t already heard, Sage North America has announced name changes to its suite of  mid-market accounting/ERP products that will be rolled out this year. Expect some confusion while the new brands take hold—some of the old names have 30 years of familiarity to overcome. Below is a list of changes to the Sage […]

Are Hosted, SaaS, Cloud, and Managed EDI Services the same?

Hosted, SaaS, and Cloud Defined “Hosted” customarily means applications installed and managed off premise, but with software licensed by the end user. Software as a Service, or “SaaS,” indicates subscription to shared applications that are only available online, and not as licensed, installed software. “Cloud” refers to computing power supplied by a shared, utility-like infrastructure […]