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.

Project Management is a Changin’


We are seeing a trend in IT project management methodologies : the need for projects to be smaller and faster. Gone are the days of the multi-year, beaucoup dollars, cast of hundreds kind of  project. Rather than planning a huge project from start to finish before  holding the “kickoff meeting,” CIOs need to fly with shorter projects which keep the customer on top. There is a need to learn to manage unknowns until they are known. There is also a need for speed in project management methodologies. CIOs must adapt their IT project management methodologies while still limiting risks and taking care of business problems.

Project management is still a methodical approach to planning and guiding project processes from start to finish. What’s different now is that the five stages of IT project management methodologies (as defined by the Project Management Institute) — initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing — need to be applied to smaller projects. These projects have to make a quick difference for the business, because speed is now a  competitive weapon for the company. So, CIOs are adapting agile methodologies for projects companywide and considering cloud-based project collaboration tools.

The Relationship Between ERP, CRM and SCM

We have recently lookeImaged at various Supply Chain models including “Lean” Supply Chain and virtual manufacturing. There are others too; for instance, distributors who purchase everything they sell. We have looked at what kind of software constitutes a Supply Chainsystem.

Some of our conclusions to date are:

  1. Very few Supply Chain models are identical.
  2. Yes, a company MIGHT be able to purchase a single system to cover the entire Supply Chain. Some ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning software) vendors furnish enough modules to do everything, but a lot of companies need extensive modifications to complete their mission.
  3. A lot of companies use their ERP as the “engine” to power their other applications like CRM (Customer Relationship Management software).
  4. Sharing data with partners has become a necessity to remain competitive. EDI is the enabler to wrap in supply partners, customer, logistics partners, etc.
  5. Many of the existing ERPs are not suited for all Supply Chain models (example: virtual manufacturers).

Big Player in EDI Industry Visits Nice, France and talks to Penney


Recently we had the opportunity to talk with one of the “near great” visitors to Nice: Todd Gould, President of Loren Data. His company is the leading Electronic Commerce Communications Provider (ECCP) firm in the EDI industry. An ECCP is a neat way of handling all your EDI communications in a centralized and efficient manner. An ECCP replaces a VAN for you; but if your trading partner utilizes a VAN, an ECCP still interfaces with your partner through his VAN. An ECCP is far less labor-intensive for you than either AS2 or MFT (Managed File Transfer).

We met at a beach-front cafe right next to his hotel, the famous “Palais Méditerranée”. While Jen, his wife, went off to explore the “Monday Market” at Cours Saleya in the Vieux Nice, Todd kicked off our discussion with the statement: “Interconnects are what make a network a VAN”. We thought about it for a couple of seconds and quickly agreed with him. He is so very correct. If a network cannot (or will not) interconnect with all the trading partners, then it surely has no value added.

Companies (GXS specifically) are sabotaging the VAN Network by refusing to interconnect with other networks. Is this company trying to “corner” the VAN market or kill the VAN and replace with their own proprietary network? They already “ate up” (politely: mergers) some of their competitors. Bet they want to end up as the only way for a company to reach ALL their trading partners.

But Todd’s little company is going after them in the US Federal Court system. Sounds like they are really scared of him too.

The truth of the matter is that the growth of EDI is “sort of flat”. The big companies already have their trading partners ramped in, and the smaller companies do not have the “clout” to do the same with their even smaller partners.

We understand that a leading Supply Chain/Electronic Commerce online magazine will be addressing a new approach to increasing the number of new EDI implementations: “Hubs and Spokes, Spokes and Hubs”.

Much of the EDI community sticks with a VAN because it is an outsourced operation and because many of us hold to the old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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