Steve Keifer

With the holiday season approaching it is the time for giving.  So for the next 30 days, you can receive your free copy of my book – Herding Geese, the Story of the Information Supply Chain.  The book explains how companies in the health care, financial services, manufacturing, retail and government sectors are using B2B e-commerce […]

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Mark Morley

In January 2012, GXS’ VP of Global Marketing, Steve Keifer, had a meeting with a UK Government Minister at the Houses of Parliament in London. It was a very productive meeting where GXS’ Head of eInvoicing Nigel Taylor provided an update on why companies should think about moving away from paper based invoicing to eInvoicing. […]

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Steve Keifer

In 1882, Spaniards in Barcelona began construction on the large Roman Catholic Church commonly known as the Sagrada Familia.  The church was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi who took responsibility for the project in 1883. However, the construction project outlived its designer carrying on into the 20th century.  In the 1900s, financing challenges and […]

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Steve Keifer

Earlier this week GXS announced the 2011 B2B Heroes. These 20 individuals distinguished themselves by leading initiatives to build out the information supply chain.  Some supported ERP platform rollouts. Others consolidated systems post merger. Most of the heroes led programs to on-board small businesses in pursuit of a paperless supply chain.  The goal of the […]

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Steve Keifer

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs goes on sale Monday, October 24th.  But the book is already #1 on Amazon.com’s best seller list even in advance of the sale.  The high pre-order sales are not surprising given the worldwide tribute to his accomplishments that has followed in the weeks after his death.  The buzz around […]

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Steve Keifer

When people learn that I work in the B2B e-commerce sector one of the questions they always ask me is “Why are companies still using EDI?”  Most outsiders to the industry cannot understand why corporations continue to use an outdated standard developed in the 1960s.  The companies using EDI are by no means technology laggards.  […]

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Steve Keifer

SAP announced this morning that it plans to fully acquire Crossgate.  This is good news for the B2B integration sector as it acknowledges I trend that I have been discussing on the EDInomics blog for several years now.  B2B integration is becoming increasingly strategic to large corporations.  As more and more specialization and outsourcing occur […]

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Steve Keifer

Last week Walmart announced plans to double the value of goods purchased from women-owned businesses by the year 2016.  Today, the company spends $2.5 billion per year with women-owned businesses.  Over the next five years Walmart will source a total of $20 billion in products and services from this category of suppliers.  In addition, Walmart […]

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Steve Keifer

In my last post I discussed the ninth anniversary of Walmart’s decision to switch to AS2.  The introduction of AS2 and Internet-based EDI technologies had a significant impact on the EDI VAN market.  Many people forget, but in the late 1980s and early 1990s the EDI VAN market was a big business backed by some […]

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Steve Keifer

On September 9th, 2002 Walmart announced its intention to shift to a new Internet-based EDI system using technology from a small software company called iSoft. I like to refer to this event as the “shot heard ’round the world” in the EDI industry, because it dramatically changed the landscape for B2B communications. Walmart’s announcement had […]

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Steve Keifer

Just a few weeks remain until the August 2nd deadline set by the Treasury Department for raising the US government’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.  President Obama held a news conference this morning rejecting any proposals for a short-term 30, 60 or 90 day extension.  If a deal is not reached in the next few weeks […]

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Steve Keifer

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate a live question and answer session with Kevin O’Marah of Gartner on the 2011 Top 25 Supply Chain list.  We only had an hour for the webinar, but nonetheless were able to entertain over 10 questions from audience members at companies such as Siemens, Intel, Cisco, Raytheon, HP, […]

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Steve Keifer

One aspect of the B2B e-commerce industry that I continue to find fascinating is the proliferation of standards.  I have written extensively in earlier posts about the long tail of B2B e-commerce messaging standards, which includes over 50 variants of EDI and XML technology.  But perhaps the most ridiculous example of proliferation can be found […]

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Steve Keifer

I have the privilege of hosting a webinar tomorrow on the Gartner Top 25 Supply Chains with Kevin O’Marah.  Webinar is probably not an accurate description for the event as it will function more like a live Question and Answer session with Kevin.  We have pre-selected a handful of questions that we thought would have […]

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Steve Keifer

If you live in Taiwan the answer is “possibly.”  Starting in late 2010, the Taiwanese government introduced a new e-invoicing scheme for consumers.  When making a purchase at a retail chain such as 7-Eleven, Hi-Life or Pxmart, Taiwanese consumers can now request an electronic copy of the invoice or tax receipt.   Each of these electronic […]

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