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Modernizing EDI, Why Now?

Posted by Scott Story

Dec 2, 2016 3:52:55 PM

Every business has its reasons to modernize their EDI environment or to wait.  I first joined REMEDI in 2005.  Since then, as an account manager, I have supported and sold EDI/integration solutions to many clients.  The majority of these clients are Sterling/IBM customers using a version of Gentran or Sterling B2B Integrator.   Some of these legacy Gentran accounts have been using Gentran for over 20 years.  So why haven’t these legacy Gentran users upgraded or modernized?  Well, the simple answer is, Gentran works.  Not only does it work, Gentran is a workhorse.  These organization have a process built over years for EDI.  The staff that supports Gentran is seasoned and knows the ins and outs of the system.  If it’s not broke, why fix it? 

The Then and Now of E-Commerce

Posted by Charley Hughes

Nov 23, 2016 10:48:39 AM

Two Quick Thoughts

I’ll make my two thoughts especially quick because I know it is a shorter week for many.   In the spirit of the season here are two things to consider before you plunge headlong into this Thanksgiving’s tryptophan induced coma.

It’s that time of year again when we all have the opportunity to spend time with our families and reflect on this past year. With all of our busy schedules, the time we spend with the ones we love is precious. It’s also a time to appreciate all that we have and all that we want to accomplish for the rest of this year and next. We can pause and take time for reflection, are you progressing in your career the way you want or are you stuck in the same role with zero to no advancement or increase in salary?

This is the time of year that I spend talking with a lot of REMEDI clients about how they are wrapping up 2016 and what their initiatives are for 2017.   I have noticed that these conversations over the past couple of years have changed from being a purely technical conversation with people mainly from our clients' IT departments to a more strategic conversation involving people from various areas of our clients' organizations including IT and lines of business.   Today, more and more of our clients are interested in how their data integration environments can become game changers within their organization.

We are often asked this question by the integration professionals with whom we speak.  The question is not usually posed in the manner in which this Blog is titled, but something like the following...

"Based on the discussion of our EDI/integration tools, our ERP and other integration points, and our technical capabilities as an organization, where are we as compared to our peers?"

Other variants of this question include: