Category Archives: EDI

Looking Forward To 2017?

This time of year, you might be of two minds. You’re excited about the upcoming year and the possibilities of new projects, job opportunities, and maybe an upcoming vacation to someplace warm. But you’ve also read articles aplenty about automation affecting supply chain jobs, some segments of the economy are still struggling, we’re always a black swan event away from disaster and, oh yeah, there’s a new president on the way with some very different ideas. Welcome to the new normal!

Don’t despair, for there are many positives ahead. The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, cloud technology, and robotics have all made their way along Gartner’s Hype Cycle curve and are now in operation. 3D printing is growing and machine learning/AI is picking up steam, as are driverless vehicles, drones, and VR. Even the political front has bright possibilities, with Trump’s infrastructure plan, tax reductions, and possible repatriation of foreign profits having the potential to light a fire under the economy. Things are looking up, right? Well, yes and no.

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The Network of Networks: You Mean THE CLOUD

Today I spent on a project from 2013: Supply Chain Control Towers

Far greater minds than mine have defined Supply Chain Control Towers? There are many definitions but Capgemini offers a good, broad definition that many would agree with: “A supply chain control tower is a central hub with the required technology, organization, and processes to capture and use supply chain data to provide enhanced visibility for short and long term decision making that is aligned with strategic objectives.”

Yes, I wrote about Supply Chain Control Towers and Transportation Control Towers

First thing today I get a message from India. Company wants to know more about Supply Chain Control Towers. Then I read mail (uuuggghhh). Get a blog from Lora Cecere, The Supply Chain Shaman.. She knows more about Supply Chains than I ever will. But she is allied with ALL the vendors in the industry. I trust them as far as I can throw them.

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But she has a great idea: A Netword of Networks

I simplify that to “THE CLOUD”

Back the Control Towers. She and I agree on a lot. Difference simply is I want EDI to be the main communications tool (other than voice-to-voice). She wants to also introduce many existing communications tools from her great vendor community. I feel EDI is proven and can communicate ANYTHING. She wants to introduce things like HADOOP, SPARK, BLOCK CHAIN to the process. ADOBE may be her great friend. All I know about them is their opening remark if I contact them. “What is your credit card number?” Still confident in the international banking system to think BLOCKCHAIN is a lot of B..S We use BNP Paribas and know it’s capabilities.

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I am sure Lora and I will work out our differences. So confident that I have signed up for her Webinar in January.

This is a guest blog from my boss, Ken Kinlock. He is “The Man” about Control Towers

The Cloud Supply Chain Data Network

Quality data is the fuel for any business software. In international trade and logistics, where critical data comes from partners scattered across the globe, the challenge of obtaining quality data is even greater.

The traditional approach for connecting to a myriad of partners to receive and send data is costly, time consuming and error-prone. It is the primary reason companies don’t have global view, or a control tower for managing the full end-to-end global supply chain.

Fortunately, there is a new model for delivering data to your solutions that makes what used to be impossible possible, while decreasing costs at the same time.

Modern cloud-based information platforms designed specifically for global supply chains take advantage of powerful network effects that lower costs by spreading them across a large community of users.

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Have You Connected The Dots Yet?

Let’s have some fun with math. What EDI translator does your company use? For that matter, what ERP, 3PL, or other service is on your short list? Next, how many trading partners do you have? And finally, what EDI, ERP, and other electronic systems do they use? It doesn’t really matter whether you have the answers to these questions. What you would get even if you use the smallest estimates available is a very large number of permutations. How is it possible then to maintain compatibility and also keep up with the accelerated pace of today’s supply chain?

Fortunately translating one trading partner’s EDI transactions into the formats your company uses is controllable. That’s not to say it’s simple and doesn’t require constant attention, but the tools have been honed to the point that daily operations move ahead without too much problem. But the processes still need handholding and manual intervention to assure every document processes correctly.

Get the “5 Best Practices for Integration Planning” Whitepaper for free

Read more: http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11799-have-you-connected-the-dots-yet#ixzz4QKzGlGoh

Supply Chain Mayhem – Avoid It

It’s hard to believe that the Holiday season is near – or that for those participating in retail, the season is already well underway. Is it too late to think about making this season better? If you haven’t already made the infrastructure and system changes you’ve been contemplating this year then the answer is likely to be Yes! But there may still be a few things you can do at this late date.

Be Mobile Ready

Get Your Visibility Nailed

Get Ready To Be The Best

Read more: http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11789-supply-chain-mayhem-avoid-it#ixzz4PnQvO3X2

It’s Integration Time!

The benefits of automating orders, invoices, and ASNs between your company and its customers are well known. Integrated documents are faster, less prone to error, and improve workflow among your people and systems. At this point, it would be rare to find a major retailer or manufacturer who isn’t using electronic documents to run their businesses. Not so rare, though, are small and medium sized businesses (SMB) still pushing paper. It’s about time for SMBs to make their move, isn’t it?

A few years back, automating electronic documents for a ‘newbie’ was a long and expensive proposition. You needed to buy equipment and software, plus you had to train an employee (or hire one) to establish and maintain connections. That was just to get up and running. Integrating documents into and out of your existing systems, ERP, WMS, CRM, and so on, was something with which the IT staff had to be involved. Then, once up and running, somebody had to monitor the operation and handle exceptions. You know what? Those days are over. Options abound, mostly due to the growth and proven effectiveness of cloud-based technology.

When you look at it, the return on investment in the ‘old days’ maybe wasn’t there. You may have had a major partner, a hub, try to force the issue, but you’d been successful in leveraging your relationship to postpone your deadlines time after time. However, the clock was ticking and eventually your time will expire.

Read more: http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11772-it-s-integration-time#ixzz4OvDcojYX

Custom Delivery At Scale

When is a commodity not a commodity? When each individual item is made to order. Not just made for the P.O. but to the specifics of the customer’s requests. With traditional supply chain practices it’s easy enough to get the order right for the specified number of items in the package. But when that package count is 1, there is literally no margin for error.

And when the delivery is made through any of a variety of channels the process of making custom products can explode into seemingly unmanageable permutations. This isn’t conjecture. The custom-made model is fast approaching as technology accelerates and provides more options and more automation.

We’re already seeing customization of household items like rugs made to match colors and patterns supplied by the customer. These can be purchased at physical stores that manufacture in the back room, or ordered online and produced either at the store or some remote facility. In some cases orders can be shipped the next day.

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IoT and 3D Printers are Invading The Supply Chain!

It wasn’t long ago that Apple was lauded for it’s finesse in managing its supply chain. Getting its bazillions of iPhones from China to the US and everywhere else required some groundbreaking advances and a lot of tight controls. Those lessons have gone mainstream as the world took notice and of the company’s strategies and success. And partly because of that expansion, the supply chain now extends to areas as unexpected as social media.

Some of these areas make perfect sense in light of new technologies. An article in Forbes Business lists several areas. Here are the ones that I think are already making a difference.

8 Do’s and Don’ts of Back-end Accounting Integration

Lots of orders? Connect your back-end accounting systems to all of your EDI trading partners or eCommerce platforms to save yourself time and make your customers even happier.

After 22 years of working with businesses like yours, eBridge Connections created the “8 Do’s and Don’ts of Back-end Accounting Integration” paper.

Read more: http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11749-whitepaper-available-for-download#ixzz4MxF0N2cs

TransVoyant Awarded Patent for Innovative Approach to Real-Time Big Data Collection and Predictive Analytics

TransVoyant today announced that the USPTO has awarded it a patent entitled Computer-Implemented Systems And Methods Of Analyzing Spatial, Temporal And Contextual Elements Of Data For Predictive Decision-Making (U.S. Patent No. 9,424,521). The essence of the patent covers TransVoyant’s analytical exploitation of global real-time big data collected via sensors, radar, smartphones, satellites, video cameras and the myriad devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT). The patent has far reaching implications for cloud computing and data analytics in general, and particularly around the ability to understand what is happening now, and to use machine learning algorithms to predict what will happen in the future – where, when and why.

“At TransVoyant, we deliver transformational insights that help companies to achieve competitive advantage and government agencies to save lives, in ways no one else has thought of,” said Dennis Groseclose, TransVoyant CEO and patent co-inventor. “The IoT and predictive analytics space is evolving at a breakneck pace, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of it. We’re just beginning to scratch the surface.”

TransVoyant employs data collection and predictive analytics capabilities detailed in the patent to solve very complex challenges related to U.S. national security. The nature of these challenges typically involves finding a needle in a haystack (a national security threat) that surfaces quickly and requires immediate attention. This entails collecting massive amounts of live big data around the world each day and analyzing it quickly to detect risks that are unfolding in real-time. It also involves applying sophisticated machine learning algorithms to predict events that will happen in the future.

This use case has applications well beyond national security. Given the dynamic nature of today’s global economy, and the need for companies to understand consumer behavior, track shipments in real-time, and to predict and avoid supply chain disruptions, TransVoyant applies these patented technologies to the business world.

At the heart of TransVoyant’s packaged solutions is its Continuous Decision Intelligence™ (CDI™) platform. CDI includes TransVoyant’s massive repository of real-time big data as well as the proprietary machine learning algorithms that it applies to these data streams to produce live and predictive insights. TransVoyant’s most recent patent is directed to the data collection and analytics processing performed in CDI.

In July of 2016, TransVoyant released a supply chain-focused solution called Precise Predictive Logistics™ (P2L™). This solution offers companies a graphical control tower view of their live goods in motion as well as predictive insights that help them to foresee and avoid supply chain disruptions. The P2L solution sits on top of TransVoyant’s CDI foundational platform. TransVoyant plans to announce future industry-focused solutions sitting atop CDI soon.

About TransVoyant Inc.

TransVoyant is at the forefront of the predictive analytics space. From sensors, satellites, radar, video cameras, smartphones and other devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT), we collect over one trillion events each day, giving us one of the largest repositories of real-time big data in the world. Our proprietary machine learning algorithms analyze these massive big data streams in real-time to produce live and predictive insights that help companies to achieve competitive advantage and government agencies to save lives. For more information, visit http://www.transvoyant.com.TransVoyant today announced that the USPTO has awarded it a patent entitled Computer-Implemented Systems And Methods Of Analyzing Spatial, Temporal And Contextual Elements Of Data For Predictive Decision-Making (U.S. Patent No. 9,424,521). The essence of the patent covers TransVoyant’s analytical exploitation of global real-time big data collected via sensors, radar, smartphones, satellites, video cameras and the myriad devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT). The patent has far reaching implications for cloud computing and data analytics in general, and particularly around the ability to understand what is happening now, and to use machine learning algorithms to predict what will happen in the future – where, when and why.

“At TransVoyant, we deliver transformational insights that help companies to achieve competitive advantage and government agencies to save lives, in ways no one else has thought of,” said Dennis Groseclose, TransVoyant CEO and patent co-inventor. “The IoT and predictive analytics space is evolving at a breakneck pace, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of it. We’re just beginning to scratch the surface.”

TransVoyant employs data collection and predictive analytics capabilities detailed in the patent to solve very complex challenges related to U.S. national security. The nature of these challenges typically involves finding a needle in a haystack (a national security threat) that surfaces quickly and requires immediate attention. This entails collecting massive amounts of live big data around the world each day and analyzing it quickly to detect risks that are unfolding in real-time. It also involves applying sophisticated machine learning algorithms to predict events that will happen in the future.

This use case has applications well beyond national security. Given the dynamic nature of today’s global economy, and the need for companies to understand consumer behavior, track shipments in real-time, and to predict and avoid supply chain disruptions, TransVoyant applies these patented technologies to the business world.
At the heart of TransVoyant’s packaged solutions is its Continuous Decision Intelligence™ (CDI™) platform. CDI includes TransVoyant’s massive repository of real-time big data as well as the proprietary machine learning algorithms that it applies to these data streams to produce live and predictive insights. TransVoyant’s most recent patent is directed to the data collection and analytics processing performed in CDI.

In July of 2016, TransVoyant released a supply chain-focused solution called Precise Predictive Logistics™ (P2L™). This solution offers companies a graphical control tower view of their live goods in motion as well as predictive insights that help them to foresee and avoid supply chain disruptions. The P2L solution sits on top of TransVoyant’s CDI foundational platform. TransVoyant plans to announce future industry-focused solutions sitting atop CDI soon.

About TransVoyant Inc.

TransVoyant is at the forefront of the predictive analytics space. From sensors, satellites, radar, video cameras, smartphones and other devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT), we collect over one trillion events each day, giving us one of the largest repositories of real-time big data in the world. Our proprietary machine learning algorithms analyze these massive big data streams in real-time to produce live and predictive insights that help companies to achieve competitive advantage and government agencies to save lives. For more information, visit http://www.transvoyant.com.