Why Activating and Maintaining Integrated EDI Trading Relationships are Difficult

Setting up of integrated trading relationships—“onboarding” in EDI lingo—requires a special brand of diligence and patience. Once implemented, changes that require skilled maintenance are inevitable. Here are some of the factors. Multiple Parties At least two entities, the buyer’s and seller’s EDI departments, must be involved in establishing electronic connections for trade. Often there are […]

Connected ERP is the Linchpin of B2B Commerce

A company’s threshold isn’t at the office door anymore, it’s at the path to the ERP system. Mid-sized businesses need ERP to be the repository of accurate information about the whole order-to-cash cycle, including sales orders, inventory, shipments, invoices, and payments. Information must get into and out of ERP and shared with related internal and external […]

Nine Reasons Outsourcing is on the Rise

Most businesses today are actively engaged in outsourcing. In fact, offloading of non-core functions is arguably today’s most significant trend in both private and public sectors. Change is being driven by intense, global competition with its constant pressure on finances. Once confined to areas such as legal advice, transportation, and property maintenance, outsourcing now makes […]

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 […]