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Recently, we’ve seen new barcode standards emerging. Almost everyone is familiar with UPC barcodes (found, for example, on the containers of grocery items), that have reduced the amount of manual data entry and increased the amount of data that can be accurately transferred between systems. We’re all familiar with how quickly a person can tally up an entire cart of food; it sometimes reminds me of a slot machine in Las Vegas.
Many manufacturing ERP software users understand the benefit of using electronic data interchange (EDI) to facilitate communication with their customers. EnterpriseIQ's EDI/eCommerce module provides functionality to receive orders and acknowledgments and send shipping notices and invoices, plus many other transactions needed in regular day to day operations. This process provides your customers the ability to maintain the open orders they have with your company and allows you to notify them of shipments and required payments in an easy manner. Within EnterpriseIQ, this functionality can be automated in the eServer module, resulting in a hands off setup.
Prior to three weeks ago, if asked what I do at IQMS, I would have given a detailed job description of my position. If asked today, however, I would say I am a professional interviewer. I interview potential employees, that's it... all day, every day. Now, I would be exaggerating slightly, but it certainly feels that way. I have given the same interview spiel so many times over the last few weeks that half the time I can't remember whether I am repeating myself to a particular candidate or if that was the morning candidate.
It is now well over a month since the IQMS Users Group 2010 kicked off and ended. Sitting here thinking back on the experience there is only one word that comes to mind. WOW!!!! I think that covers it pretty well. This being my first full blown Users Group to participate in, I was not exactly sure what to expect. The experiences that followed over the three days in Las Vegas ranged from heart wrenching to incredibly rewarding and will live with me for the rest of my life.
This article is from guest blogger, EDI Supervisor, Raimond Kranenburg. Originally this subject was discussed by IQMS EDI Manager John Asi earlier this year. However, this is a new view on the evolvement and usage of EDI.
With all the talk of the double dip recession that is expected to hit and the reporting of lower than expectation sales numbers by Manufacturing ERP and technology companies blamed on the down economy, we at IQMS are still seeing strong demand from existing customers and new customers coming on line. What this means to me is that the strong companies who have invested in solid technology are doing well and the weaker companies are being weeded out by the down economy.
Over the last couple of weeks, the lives of all of my family took a diversion from the normal routine of work, raising kids, paying bills, etc. We found ourselves in a daily struggle trying to come to grips with the possibility of losing someone very important to the family. My father, because of some serious heart related issues, had been taken to the hospital for observation and it was later determined that extensive surgery would be needed in order to correct his heart function.
Okay, so that is not how the line from Hamlet went (in more ways than one), but what is happening with traditional EDI in the industry these days. For a standard that has been around for quite some time without much change, is it still relevant in the modern day world of the Internet, Web 2.0, XML, Web Services, etc.
Successful companies have always been on the search for ways to streamline their business processes and run their daily operations as efficiently as possible. These companies know that their success as a business relies on how efficiently they interface within the supply chain and adapt to demand as needed. The brutal economy that crippled companies around the world last year and the slow recovery that has followed has forced many companies to evaluate how they operate within the supply chain and find ways to increase their productivity while keeping the cost of doing business down. EDI is a powerful tool in streamlining business processes and providing cost savings in the right environment.