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The 4 + 1 Ways Software Maintenance Protects Your Business

I am asked by companies using our software what their annual maintenance plan really buys them. This question often comes up during the maintenance renewal process as they look at their system running smoothly, with no major projects or migrations planned, and no sweat on the IT director’s brow. Wikipedia…
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Technology Stack: Plant, Water, Prune

We just completed a painstaking process of assisting a multitude of clients update their communications software to a version that supports TLS 1.2, due to an impending deadline.  We were hit smack in the face by the reality that most companies don’t continue to invest in IT as a core…
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B2B Growth Leads to New Adventures

Photo appears courtesy of Kevin Dooley. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” is what Roy Scheider famously said in the 1975 film Jaws.  Of course, this is now a well-known euphemism for “we’re going to need more resources,” which brings us to a meeting three decades later. It was a beautiful…
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IOT & EDI

Photo appears courtesy of ITU Pictures. Recently we came across a white paper about how Advanced Vehicle Technology is changing the Transportation Industry.  They were talking about “connected trucks” equipped with IOT (Internet of Things) devices (devices with sensors that can communicate with other devices) that can monitor things like temperature,…
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EDI Application Upgrade: A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Photo appears courtesy of brownpau. How many times have you scheduled to do an EDI application upgrade only to find out you have not met all of the requirements the day of the upgrade or that users were not informed that the system would be unavailable during upgrade time? The…
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EDI as a Leading Economic Indicator – It’s Getting Hot Out There

Picture appears courtesy of Christian Witte. It’s getting hot out there…and we’re not talking about climate change.  Our garden is not doing well, but that’s a topic for another day. We must be talking about the economy – something is going on. For the past three years now we’ve been getting…
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You Need the Luck o’ the Irish with EDI

Photo appears courtesy of JD Hancock. I would have to say implementing and running a successful EDI system is 35% exceptional EDI software, 55% experienced EDI consultants and 10% good old-fashioned luck.  So what can happen when you DON’T have the luck o’ the Irish?  Bad things, very bad things.  Here’s a list of some…
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Why Your EDI Processes Should Be Automated

Photo appears courtesy of Phill Dolby. We spend a lot of time each summer trying to streamline and automate as many of our processes and procedures as we can.  It saves time and, if done correctly, makes our data more accurate and timely.  Taking the time to do this is…
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SHA-1 vs. SHA-2 Digital Certificates – What’s All the Fuss About?

Photo appears courtesy of F Delventhal. Many of you probably know about the new requirements coming regarding SHA2 digital certificates.  Before we discuss that, let’s first look at SHA-1.  What is SHA-1?  According to Wikipedia, in cryptography, SHA-1 (Secure Hash Algorithm 1) is a cryptographic hash function designed by the United States National Security…
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Logs Killed MySQL

Picture appears courtesy of John Mueller. This guest blog was written by Nathan Camp of LogicMonitor. Death by “Doh!Nuts!” is when a seemingly harmless, completely obvious, and avoidable issue goes unnoticed, swarms, and then crushes your software applications and the servers on which they reside. When you figure out why the…
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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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Why We Love Liaison’s Delta/ECS Data Integration Package

Photo appears courtesy of Tony Hisgett. Nowadays, there’s all kinds of products that have multiple uses.  My new favorite kitchen gadget is a flexible spatula/spoon sometimes known as a spoonula, that scraps, stirs, flips and is heat resistant.  Not any ordinary spoon from the dollar store, you need to pay…
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What is an SDQ Purchase Order?

SDQ (Ship Destination Quantity) purchase orders are also referred to as spreadsheet or explosion orders.  These types of EDI orders can create efficiency gains by eliminating redundant data that would need to be sent on multiple non-SDQ orders.  This reduction of data is accomplished by sending the header data only…
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EDI Consulting: All in a Week’s Work

Picture appears courtesy of Wicker Paradise. Whether you are an EDI Coordinator or Consultant it takes a lot of talent, patience and determination to do a good job.  When you’re consulting with clients in a variety of industries, a good consultant has to wear many hats.  We were thinking over…
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Quibids.com Harnesses the Power of Delta/ECS

Photo appears courtesy of Ronca-WW. Last year we had the pleasure of with working with both Quibids.com and fellow Liaison reseller, Virtual Logistics, on a large integration project using Liaison’s Delta/ECS integration package.  This is a great case study and truly illustrates the flexibility, efficiency, and automation that Delta/ECS can…
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