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Understanding EDI Standards: X12 vs. EDIFACT

In the world of electronic data interchange (EDI), two prominent standards have long dominated the landscape: X12 (US standard) and EDIFACT (European standard). Why should you care about this? In every EDI relationship, you’ll have to adhere to one of these standards. Both are widely used for facilitating the exchange…
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What Do Smooth Jazz and Efficient EDI Systems Have in Common?

Photo appears courtesy of Elena Gatti. Here at GraceBlood we’re all about jazz-based business. Really! Smooth jazz that is, where clients’ supply and fulfillment transactions flow seamlessly and melodically over integrated EDI & other B2B systems. Smooth jazz, building a downtempo of humming business activity that leaves the key players…
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EDI Processing Should be Nimble

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candle stick. Jumping over the candle stick without extinguishing the flame from this famous 19th century nursery rhyme was just a form of fortune telling, sport and good luck. With EDI processing being the majority of a business’ important order…
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EDI 856 Demystified

Most people know that the Advance Ship Notice (ASN), known in EDI language as ANSI X12 856 and in EDIFACT circles as DESADV, is used to communicate details about a shipment to your trading partner.  The ASN typically contains information about the shipment and order details – products shipped with…
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Common Misconceptions about On-Premise EDI Software

Photo appears courtesy of William Warby.  I have a customer using a web-based EDI solution and they are just too big for it.  They are currently weighing their options.  But it got me thinking, how many organizations are out there using a solution that is really not working for them?  Reasons why…
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Think You’re Ready for Data Integration? Take this Quiz

Photo appears courtesy of Rhonda Oglesby.  As I have said many times, in many blogs – if you’re processing more than 20 transactions per day then you should be integrated.  There are other considerations however when you’re thinking of pursuing an integration solution.  Take this short quiz to find out if you’re…
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Top 7 EDI Solution Considerations

All too often, organizations choose an EDI solution quickly and based solely on a mandate handed down from their customer.  They may choose whatever solution their customer recommends or find one by doing a quick Google search.  This is not always prudent and can lead to headaches down the road.…
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EDI Mapping: DIY or Outsource

When I sell on-premise EDI translation software, one of the first questions I ask is, “Do you want to do the EDI mapping or do you want us to do it?”  And then I hear crickets. The problem is that most people do not have the answer because they do not know what…
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