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In the movie the 40-Year Old Virgin, Jonah Hill’s character walks into a store named “We Sell Your Stuff on eBay.”  He discovers a stylish pair of Silver-Glitter Goldfish boots and walks to the counter to purchase them.  But the clerk (Catherine Keener) tells him that he has to make the purchase online (at eBay).  […]

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Robots have inhabited manufacturing plants for decades now performing tasks such as welding, painting, assembly, inspection and testing.  Working side-by-side with humans, robots tackle tasks that can be performed much more efficiently or quickly by machines than humans.  In some plants, the robots perform the end-to-end manufacturing process with no people involved.  Both Philips and […]

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One of the biggest impediments to online shopping continues to be delivery times.  No one wants to wait 3-5 days for a purchase to arrive at their doorstep.  They want it now.  Not surprisingly, the focus of many online retailers has been how to reorganize their supply chain for faster home delivery.  Amazon.com took an early lead when […]

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Many of the leading cloud computing providers deliberately avoid talking with their customers.  When inquiries come in, they push them back to online resources.  Haven’t you read our API specification (it is 200 pages long)?  Have you posted the question to our online community (maybe someone will know the answer)?  Have you visited our app […]

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You know you are spending too much time thinking about supply chain when you start buying ocean cargo container toys for your kids.  But when I found out that Lego had created a replica of the Maersk Triple-E class I just had to buy it.

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As I discussed in my last post, the New Years’ Resolution of many IT organizations is to modernize and upgrade their B2B integration platform.  Most of these companies are attempting to shift away from their high carb diet (where they are feeding a spaghetti-like maze of multiple, redundant platforms) to a leaner, more efficient architecture.

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It’s New Years and that means the time for resolutions.  One of the projects many companies are considering for this year is building a leaner, more efficient B2B integration platform.   Many companies are struggling with “high carb” environments that consist of a maze of spaghetti-like connections between enterprise applications and your business partners.  The longer […]

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In my last post I shared 10 features that a cloud-based B2B integration platform should offer beyond simple message translation and protocol mediation – services such as compression, encryption and data enrichment.  But there are many more features that the leading platforms have already started to offer:

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When most IT professionals think of cloud-based B2B integration platforms, they think of features like protocol mediation (switching between AS2 and FTP) and document translation (mapping from EDIFACT to RosettaNet).  But B2B integration platforms have a lot more to offer:

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Every night retailers around the world batch up their Point of Sale (POS) data and transmit it to their suppliers shortly after the stores close.  Suppliers can gain a great deal of insights from inspecting retail sales data.  Suppliers can understand how many of each of their products were sold and in what stores.  If […]

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Integration-as-a-Product (IaaP) was a late twentieth century model in which corporations utilized their in-house IT organizations to operate integration technology behind the firewall.  The model worked as follows.  Corporations would license integration software vendors from technology vendors.  The software would be installed on servers running in a corporate data center.  Vendors typically received license fees […]

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In my last post, I talked about how most map development tools and translation engines on the market were either “too soft” or “too hard” to meet the variety of B2B integration needs a company has.  This creates a dilemma for companies trying to standardize on just one mapping environment and one translation tool.  A […]

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There are a wide variety of mapping tools available on the market today.  Some are designed to be easy-to-use by IT professionals without much formal training in map development.  These might come with wizards or other assisted mapping tools to guide you through the process.  Or they might come with libraries of pre-built maps that […]

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Last week Walmart announced that it was building two distribution centers specifically to fulfill online orders.  The new facility will be in Bethlehem, PA.  Not only is this in close proximity to the Dunder Mifflin headquarters, but it is also within a one-day shipping window for one third of the online shoppers in the US […]

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Maps are the one of the most painful and costly aspects of a B2B integration program.  But maps are also the most important part of your B2B program.  Maps are the key conduit through which information flows from your enterprise applications (SAP, Oracle, Infor) into the systems of your business partners (customers, suppliers, banks).    That means […]

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