How to Prepare for GDSN Maintenance Releases

The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) has been operating for over 13 years and provides support for a wide range of trading partners and industry channels.  In May 2016, Major Release 3 (MjR3) was deployed, which increased efficiency, brought about greater flexibility across various industry verticals / business sectors and provided better support to regulatory … Continue reading “How to Prepare for GDSN Maintenance Releases”

8 Principles of the Innovator’s Way

Evolving From the IT Cost Center to the IT Innovator (The original article appears in IBM System Magazine Power Systems) At a recent IT conference, I started chatting with the other attendees of an IT management track session. The exchange quickly turned interesting when we discussed a few key questions that most of us responsible … Continue reading “8 Principles of the Innovator’s Way”

Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP

(note: abbreviations are explained towards the bottom of this article) Most will agree that Web services and EDIINT data exchanges are architecturally more elegant than FTP. However, when you have business partners that cannot handle those protocols, that ideological stand is not helpful and you simply may have to send and receive files via FTP. … Continue reading “Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP”

Workflow Solutions: Key Considerations for Transforming Inefficient Business Processes

Workflow applications enable users to actively participate and manage business processes across any or all areas of an enterprise. For example, a manager’s daily role may involve hiring decisions, PO approvals or expense reviews. Each approval may be linked to a myriad of systems within the enterprise. A workflow application would provide the manager with … Continue reading “Workflow Solutions: Key Considerations for Transforming Inefficient Business Processes”