Driving B2B


At the beginning of each year I tend to spend a lot of time reviewing key technology trends identified by various IT press and industry analysts. These are the technology trends that  will impact consumers and businesses for the next twelve months. One of the key trends at the moment is the ‘digital business’ and […]

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Well put simply one is still doing the same thing they were doing more than forty five years ago and the other has evolved into something very different, but which is which?  When I was a child, my parents were constantly playing Van Morrison music in the background whilst I was trying to build intricate […]

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Two weeks ago I was on a Eurostar train bound for Brussels. I was attending the 122nd EDIFICE plenary, a high tech industry association that GXS™ has been involved with for more than 25 years.  EDIFICE works with leading high tech companies to develop best practices and new standards for deploying B2B solutions and services […]

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In an earlier blog post I described how future business environments will be more tightly integrated with information flowing from EIM, B2B and IoT based platforms. I outlined how information can be broadly split into structured and unstructured information flows and for this blog entry I just wanted to expand on some of those initial […]

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It has been 18 months since I first discussed how Japanese companies were taking a keen interest in moving to cloud based B2B services. In that particular blog entry I highlighted five reasons why Japanese companies were considering a move to cloud based B2B platforms. I wanted to take the opportunity to revisit each of […]

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So time for reflection, last week I attended the last ever GXS sales kick-off event in Washington DC.  Last event I hear you say, well yes because in January GXS was acquired by OpenText.  It was great to hear last week about what GXS had achieved as a business over the last few years and […]

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This is my first blog writing for OpenText. OpenText I hear you say, have you changed companies?, well yes, GXS was acquired by OpenText on 16th January. Now you can read about the acquisition HERE and I don’t really need to cover this in any more detail but I am very positive for the future. Not […]

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The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries have seen significant growth over the last decade since the group of countries were defined as emerging markets in 2001. Brazil is currently experiencing significant growth in its manufacturing industry thanks in part to high import taxation laws imposed by the government.  These laws were introduced to […]

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Over the past five years I have been providing updates on one of our more secretive customers based out of a large factory in the North Pole. Nearly all of our B2B solutions have been implemented across the supply chain and distribution network of the big man himself, Santa Claus. I have listed five years […]

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I recently published my thoughts on some of the key high tech related industry trends for 2014, so now I thought I would follow up this blog with my predictions on what could happen across the automotive industry in 2014.  The industry is going through an exciting period of change with significant global expansion, introduction of […]

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As we reach the end of 2013 I thought it would be a good time to review the top ten most popular blogs from Driving B2B for the year.  My colleague Patty Hines posted her top ten list yesterday and as an industry marketing team here at GXS, our blogs help to develop thought leadership on key industry trends. The Top […]

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In June 2005 the World Customs Organisation (WCO) council adopted the SAFE Framework. This is a globally agreed set of standards to secure and facilitate global trade that acts as a deterrent to international terrorism, secures revenue collections and promotes trade facilitation worldwide.  The facilitation of trade has been highlighted by many industry analysts as […]

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In an earlier blog entry I discussed how a new ruling being introduced in North America is likely to impact manufacturing supply chains around the world.  The ruling will essentially make companies more accountable for where they source certain materials that go into their products.  The Dodd-Frank Law relating to conflict minerals usage has been […]

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Over the last few years the global automotive industry has seen extensive consolidation and restructuring across the entire automotive supply chain. The premium or luxury end of the automotive market has been partially shielded from the downturn experienced by many countries around the world. This is partly due to the fact that consumer wealth in […]

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Two weeks ago I was fortunate to get an invite from Cisco to attend their ‘Internet of Things’ World Forum in Barcelona.  As I discussed in an earlier blog entry, the Internet of Things is going to herald the introduction of the fourth industrial revolution and Cisco, SAP, Oracle, GE and many other tech and […]

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