Shadow IT & citizen development – Love IT or Loathe IT

  No wonder the IT backlog is mushrooming.  Many IT departments are struggling to deliver mobile applications, getting cloud-ready and other digital innovation initiatives, while also taking care of an unrelenting volume of maintenance. There is wide agreement that the ‘need’ for shadow IT and its more legitimized progeny, citizen development, is caused by IT … Continue reading “Shadow IT & citizen development – Love IT or Loathe IT”

Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process

Several years ago The Kroger Company launched Program Mercury, a data synchronization initiative that requires suppliers to provide information about products sold in Kroger stores. Now called the Item MDM/VIP, the program continues to utilize the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and the Kroger Vendor Item Portal (VIP) to collect product item data that is … Continue reading “Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process”

Why GDSN Standards Matter

In 2004, GS1 launched the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to provide a common language and set of documents to improve the exchange of product information between trading partners. The goal was to reduce the number of individual connections used to exchange master data. To achieve this vision, standards had to be developed and agreed … Continue reading “Why GDSN Standards Matter”