“ECGrid has proven to be the most reliable EDI Network over the last decade.”
Archie Black, President & CEO
Archie Black, President & CEO
A HUB is just one type of EDI customer. Hubs are characterized by high volume, lots of partners, high availability and high accuracy. The concept of the “Hub” is simple. These are the companies who reach out to their trading partners and request those partners to trade electronically. Let’s characterize the three types of EDI customers:
(2) Spokes (low turnover of trading partners but higher technical requirements)
(3) Ecommerce Service Providers (ECSB) (a “hybrid” with high turnover rate, deal with all implementation guides, and amount to a “Hub of Spokes”).
What is wrong with the current approach to EDI implementation? We need a new concept. Everybody wants to be a “Hub” not a “Spoke”, because that is where the money is made. That is also why new EDI implementations have stagnated. Our answer is to turn “Spokes” into “Hubs”. Currently, the “Hub” realizes benefits; the “Spoke” does not. Why can’t a Spoke become a Hub and trade electronically with lower-tier suppliers and with their own customers? Only because traditionally they have thought it was too complicated.
A generation ago, we had about 1,000 Hubs. This number has not grown! But the number of Spokes has grown astronomically. It is time for bigger Spokes to take advantage of newer technologies and become Hubs
For answers to this question, plan to attend this presentation:
Future of EDI – The Next 20,000 Hubs
Todd Gould, CEO, Loren Data
The EDI relationship has frequently been characterized as a Hub & Spoke model, and we have seen major companies (often referred to as 800lb gorillas) dictating EDI to their vendors and suppliers. The future growth of EDI depends on the additional midmarket enterprises entering the market as the new Hubs. Learning from what worked and did not work in the past, along with leveraging the substantial EDI ecosystem will be instrumental in the success of the next growth phase in this market. Together we will explore the Technology Adoption Life-Cycle in a new perspective of how it applies to EDI, what it is to be a Hub, the challenges of being a Spoke, and a roadmap to the exciting explosive growth phase just ahead.
Where and when?
New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group
Annual 2 Day Conference & Educational Session
Wednesday & Thursday May 11-12, 2016
A Key Speaker
EDI and The Next 20,000 Hubs
CEO, Loren Data Group
The New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group (NEECOM), formerly the New England EDI Users’ Group (NEEDI), is a nonprofit organization established in 1990. Members are large and small organizations in a variety of industries. which include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, hospitals, insurance companies, motor carriers, universities, banks and government agencies. The common thread is an interest in EC/EDI and related technologies.
All registrations & memberships must be performed online using the website
All questions about registration should be addressed to Ira Keltz (617) 724-1832
Space Is Limited! Please Respond Before May 9, 2016.
So why do we have a donkey for the featured image ? Because I like donkeys.
Actually a Donkey is like a SPOKE. Give it “good grass” and it is happy. Never realizes if it became a HUB it could be sitting across the street in a 5-Star hotel enjoying a first class lunch !
PICTURE ABOVE:At left is a great picture of the goalie for the Utica Comets, a new American Hockey League team we follow. In the middle, is a drawing of David and Goliath out of the Bible. We use this drawing to publicize Loren Data, a small EDI and Electronic Commerce company that fights the giants of the industry. At the right is Brewster, New York, besides being the birthplace of Penney Vanderbilt, it was an important station on the New York Central Railroad.
PICTURE ABOVE:At left is the “Albany Night Boat”. We also talk a lot about the Livingston Avenue Bridge in the background. In the Center is a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Nice, France. At the right is a picture of the New York Central Harmon Shops.
PICTURE ABOVE:At left is the Rutland Milk Train passing through the Troy Union Railroad‘s station in Troy, New York. Read the story to find out why it is “fabled”. In the center, is the Tramway, in Nice, France. At the right, is the railroad station in Ogdensburg, New York. Read more about the New York Central in the St. Lawrence region.
PICTURE ABOVE:At the left is a Delaware & Hudson ore train leaving Tahawus, NY many years ago. At the center is golfer Graeme McDowell. See more about golf, including the US Open. At the right is an electric locomotive used by the New York Central. See why it is now in Glenmont.
PICTURE ABOVE:This old trolley car at left is now at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Before going to Montréal, it worked in Springfield, Mass. Number 2056 is a steel lightweight built by Wason in 1927 and acquired in 1959. In the center is a “leverman” working the switches in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. At the right is La Canne A Sucre, our favorite restaurant. Said by many to be the “Friendliest Restaurant in Nice France.
See a great message from Todd Gould at Loren Data
Since I entered in the EDI industry in 1996, I have not seen a more promising time to be in this market. The GXS era was an unfortunate disruption to the natural growth of a networked market; however, under the new management of OpenText opportunity is back.
Now that we avoided the apocalypse, it is time for us, the leaders of the industry, to deliver the next generation of B2B automation.
In the coming months Loren Data will begin rolling out the next evolution of the EDI VAN, one that is more user and developer friendly, more extensible and a better fit for the third decade of Internet possibilities. Stay tuned for many announcements…you will be amazed.
The following is reprinted from Alan Wilensky’s blog.
Feb 28, 2014 05:33 pm | awilensky
OpenText has agreed to continue exchanging data with Loren Data and has rescinded the disconnection.
The ability to set up new partnerships will resume immediately and data will continue to flow uninterrupted.
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easyEDI Announces Hosted EDI services.
Jesper Carstensen of easyEDI, Magtenbølle, Denmark, an ECGridOS featured developer, announces the launch of new EDI Services:
“The service is focused on providing EDI solutions for small and mid-sized companies in Denmark and Northern Europe”, according to Jesper. “It comes in two flavors, an online web-based solution, an efficient hosted solution based on simple files.”
The details of the easyEDI offering:
For small companies that need to comply with EDI requirements mandated by the Corporations they sell to, webEDI is an ideal online solution. The webEDI solution enables even very small companies to become EDI compliant at a very low cost.
For midsized companies the ideal solution is easyEDI, a hosted EDI solution based on exchange of simple CSV files or XML files that are converted into EDI by the easyEDI solution. With the easyEDI solution midsized companies can get a fully automated EDI solution in the cloud at a very competitive price.
For larger companies requiring enhanced automation and control, easyEDI offers an on-premises solution, with direct integration with ERP and accounting systems – easyEDI targets Northern European markets
easyEDI VAN traffic will be carried over Loren Data Corp ECGrid, the preferred EDI message routing system for Professional EDI Providers and Integration specialists around the globe. easyEDI offers an expansive line of EDI and B2B Integration software and services, including the Dimension Software EDI component add-ons for Orbis Taskcentre, a popular BI development workbench environment.
The situation is evolving rapidly. Almost immediately after my last post, OpenText began sending out notices to its customers announcing that they are ready to roll out a “network level solution with Loren Data” and that “the migration schedule will depend on coordination with Loren Data.”
We are cautiously optimistic.
ECGrid Network Operations has confirmed that OpenText did successfully complete a test on the 29th of January through our OpenText-ICC interconnect — without our knowledge that this was a test. However, so far no one from OpenText has contacted us, or has answered our inquiries, to let us know about these plans or coordinate a migration schedule.
In the meantime, sit tight and let’s all be hopeful that OpenText is ushering in a new era of EDI VAN cooperation and advancement. This could be a huge win for everyone.
President & CEO
Loren Data Corp.
Recently we wrote about Interconnects Are the Market . We showed a very simplified view of how VANS Work, and what happens when they do not work. We pointed out that the whole VAN industry was based on the assumption that no connection would be refused by any of the parties. But there is no law or policy that makes this assumption enforceable.The upcoming disconnection between GXS and Loren Data could turn out to be like a huge traffic jam (about as catastrophic as the recent snow-related one in Atlanta). Yes there are usually ways to get around a traffic jam, but you end up losing time and are inconvenienced in the process.
As OpenText acquires GXS there are some opportunities available to the now combined company to pursue its mission. We reported a couple weeks ago about the acquisition (here).
The company would appear to be positioned to bring the EDI/VAN industry well into the 21st Century in the same way its other acquisitions have proven to be assets. GXS fits naturally into OpenText’s EIM (Enterprise Information Management) theme. It would be a shame to miss an opportunity to prevent an impending “EDI train wreck” that could destroy existing relationships with the EDI industry and the company’s stated desire to “be trusted in our relationships”.
GXS is acting on its plan to terminate all connectivity with Loren Data’s ECGrid on March 4, 2014. An action that will affect more than 2,000 GXS customers and their 10,000 trading partnerships. GXS made good on refusing any new partnerships with companies on ECGrid after 1/1/2014.
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