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.
OpenText has agreed to continue exchanging data with Loren Data and has rescinded the disconnection.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.
Industry and Customer First – Always
President & CEO
What Is OpenText Doing with the ECGrid-GXS Interconnect?
Light at the End of the Tunnel?
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.
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.
Ever hear about how people are described as givers or takers? Givers give without strings. Esteem for givers rises over time. Takers expect more than they give. Eventually, times catches up to the takers. The same applies to businesses. The world of EDI is plagued with a taker.
In the book, Give and Take: A revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, Grant points out that while the Good Guy finishes last has its truth, it also turns out that the Good Guy also finishes first. Takers might show short term wins, but end up middle of the road in the end.
Steve Scala, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, for GXS recently sent a letter to an unknown number of customers, addressing a communication from SPS Commerce regarding the termination of the GXS-Loren Data interconnect. SPS aparently believes that the problem is real, and is contacting trading partners to create a real solution. In his letter, Scala attempts to assure GXS customers that they will be taken care of, and to disregard SPS.