Hubs & Spokes, Spokes & Hubs


What is wrong with the current approach to EDI implementation? We need a new concept. Everybody wants to be a “Hub” not a “Spoke”.  That is why new EDI implementations have stagnated. Our answer is to turn “Spokes” into “Hubs”.


Is Social Media Really Sociable?


Is Social Media all about true interaction between two parties or is it just “tapping keys”? Should the word “social” be changed in Social Media to either “Digital Media” or “Emedia.”? We define Social Mediaas “Digital communication between multiple individuals or organizations in an effort to further the personal and professional endeavors of each,”

Cloud Computing Biggest Providers for 2012


In looking at the benefits of moving to Cloud Computing, it keeps hitting me that size of the provider is important. Last thing you need is a provider that can’t respond to your request for more resources for a new and critical project. In selling the Cloud concept, “scalability” is one of the “biggies” to wake up the client to the power of Cloud Computing. I took a look at the published results for 2012 and 2011and put my own spin on them.

Golfing’s Ted Potter Jr.


Ted Potter Jr. won his first U.S. PGA Tour title at The Greenbrier Classic, where U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson blew a final-round lead and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both missed weekend play as professionals in a tournament for the first time.

Potter made a four-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole yesterday at the Old White TPC Course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to beat Troy Kelly in a playoff between the 218th and 464th ranked golfers in the world.

Potter, 28, received $1.1 million for the victory, which came after he missed the cut for weekend play in nine of his 15 previous PGA Tour events this year, including five straight.

In the span of a few days in West Virginia, Ted Potter Jr.’s summer went from missed cuts to memorable. Coming off five straight tournaments in which he failed to advance to weekend play, the PGA Tour rookie won the Greenbrier Classic in a three-hole playoff over Troy Kelly on Sunday.

And now Potter can start planning. There’s a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. A trip to this month’s British Open and next year’s Masters. And likely plans for the tour playoffs after he went from 173rd to 51st on the FedEx Cup list.

In brief, he was born in 1983 in Ocala, Florida; lives in Silver Springs, Florida; and turned pro in 2002. He is a left-handed golfer, but is naturally right-handed. Potter is unique in that he qualified for the PGA Tour despite never having a professional golf lesson by a golf teaching professional.

He began to play golf at a very early age. His father made him a custom set of clubs as soon as he could grip a golf club. His father, Ted Potter, Sr. who is a golf course maintenance professional and low-handicap golfer, was his chief instructor of the game. Ted Potter, Jr. would go on to dominate Florida youth golfing tours. His success continued through his high school career. He graduated, class of 2002, from Lake Weir High School in southeastern Marion County, Florida and chose to turn pro instead of attending college.

Potter turned pro at the age of 19 where he first competed on the Central Florida based Moonlight Tour. In December 2003, he competed for a spot in the PGA tour via the 2003 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He finished tied for 74th place and earned a spot on the 2004 Nationwide Tour (former name of the Tour), where he did not make a single cut during the season. He again competed on the Nationwide Tour ( Tour) during the 2007 and 2010 seasons. He made his first cut on the Nationwide Tour at the 2007 Movistar Panama Championship where he finished tied for 12th place. Potter was the 2006 and 2009 NGA Hooters Tour Player of the Year. He has a total of seven wins on the Tour and is currently tied for third place all-time in wins. His career winnings on the NGA tour are $595,490.72.

2011 was Potter’s breakout season on the Tour. He started the season on the NGA Tour. However, Potter won the South Georgia Classic on the Tour, the first time a Monday qualifier won on the tour since 2006. He was only the fifth left-handed golfer to win an event on the tour and the first since 2008. The win earned Potter $112,500 and full tour status for 2011. Potter earned his second win of the season at the Soboba Golf Classic in a three-hole playoff. Potter finished in the top 25 (2nd place overall) in earnings on the tour in 2011 and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2012 season.

Loren Data tells how to Create Your Own VAN


ECGridOS grants total network authority and autonomy to the developer. If there is any question as to how flexible and powerful ECGridOS Web Services are, simply go to our “Free Developer Account” page, get your credentials, and start being your own EDI VAN. I need not beat the drum any harder, because with so many totally unique features,  such as API driven directory services, unified As2 and VAN message routing, and over 160 functions total, there is no other EDI network that serves developers, integration specialists, and B2B Software and Cloud Application companies better. You can’t get these services at GXS, Sterling, or anywhere, because they will never let you access their network this way.

Read how to create your own VAN

Wholesale Distributors; Do They Use ERP or CRM?


What kind of systems do distributors use? We used to think that because wholesale distributors did not manufacture anything that they did not use ERP systems. However, many ERP vendors offer modules for distributors. There is a whole separate group of software companies that market warehouse management systems, or WMS.

They are a key part of the supply chain by controlling the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse. They process the logistical  transactions, including shipping, receiving, putaway and picking. A WMS also directs and optimizes stock putaway based on real-time information about the status of bin utilization. This is sometimes referred to as wholesale distribution software. Well, aren’t distributors a candidate for CRM too?

Do We Need VANs? Reader Comments



EC-BP, with the help of Todd Gould and Alan Wilensky recently wrote about “Do We Need VANS?” With supply chain platforms providing the E to E linkage and Managed File Transfer Services- do VANS still play a role? The pros and cons of VANs, AS2, FTP, Electronic Commerce Communications Providers. We will be evaluating TRANSPORT, not mapping,  Web portals, or other services which could be performed by a VAN as well as by other EDIservice providers.

We had quite a few comments from several forums and groups. We are generalizing and grouping these comments to be able to address them.

Union Pacific Railroad is 150 Years Old


Union Pacific Railroad has been marking the occasion all year, and now it’s official. Yesterday, the Class I turned 150 years old.

UP was founded July 1, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act. The railroad — which helped construct the first transcontinental railroad, survived multiple economic crises, supported the military through various conflicts, and overcame numerous hurricanes, floods and droughts — is just one of a handful of companies to reach the 150-year milestone, UP officials said in a prepared statement.

“We believe President Lincoln would be as proud of today’s Union Pacific as we are,” said Jack Koraleski, interim president and chief executive officer. “Union Pacific has never been stronger or better positioned to serve our 10,000 customers. … And [we] play a key role in the nearly 7,300 communities of which we are a part.”

The Class I continues to build its rail network to support U.S. businesses and the nation’s economy, UP officials said. The railroad has invested more than $31 billion the past 10 years in infrastructure improvements and has set a record $3.6 billion capital spending budget in 2012.

Some ongoing infrastructure projects include adding a second line along the Sunset Corridor, which runs from Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas; constructing a $400 million intermodal and fueling facility in Santa Teresa, N.M.; completing about $500 million worth of capacity improvements and maintenance projects in Louisiana to help accommodate agriculture, chemical and crude oil demand; and improving the Central Corridor through Blair, Neb., by cutting 25 miles from the distance trains need to travel around Omaha, Neb.

My Good Reasons to Move to a Cloud Computing Provider


For companies seriously considering the cloud, but who are uncertain of the potential benefits, I’ve drawn up a short list of why cloud computing might make sense when compared with hosting in a data center or separately building the required infrastructure.  Once considered an unproven technology, cloud computinghas steadily gained mainstream acceptance.