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In order to trade electronically with your partners you will require a platform that has the ability to communicate via the many different protocols in existence. The JWH EDI Services Electronic Commerce Messaging System network has this ability built in together with an open and agile framework designed to meet the needs of present and future demands. The JWH EDI Services Electronic Commerce Messaging System network is one of the most reliable and cost-effective networks in the market place today.

Connect and communicate with all your customers and trading partners through the JWH EDI Services Electronic Commerce Messaging System - Connect with trading partners around the world on a single Network-as-a-Service platform, get real-time transaction visibility and eliminate those manual network processes. It is a pay as you need model. It abstracts the system from the business and makes it a simple choice to connect, not an IT project.


* Reduce Cost of Operations by automating trading partner relationships and removing manual processes
* Comprehensive end-to-end visibility into every transaction
* Network monitoring service and network availability status
* Flexible pricing structure, so you can budget for as much of the service as you need

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CLOUD and SaaS for Supply Chain

If we are a manufacturing company and looking at the CLOUD, aren't we concerned with the whole “Supply Chain”, not just the EDI element? I took what I have used previously called “Integrated Supplier Management” with a view of basing it on the Cloud. See my attached chart. First a few definitions:

SaaS – "Software-as-a-Service” - consider this as the software that you need. SaaS provides you with the software you need without you needing to write it, install it or manage it. EDI transaction processing has been doing the cloud thing for years, without the fancy name tag. You might know it by its given name "outsource."

I feel the relationship between Cloud Computing and SaaS is more clearly understood within a business context and not a technological one.

SaaS can be thought of as a subset of Cloud Computing. "Cloud" refers to anything involving computation, storage, or applications on the Internet and includes also the hardware and infrastructure to accomplish this. SaaS refers to applications available to be hosted on the Internet; a well-known example is Salesforce.com.

"Software-as-a-Service” is about delivering applications as a service over the Internet in a pay-as-you-go model. There are SaaS leaders across multiple categories of applications, including Oracle),and many more.

"Cloud Computing, on the other hand, is about delivering both applications and infrastructure as a service. Cloud Computing is now generally defined in terms of three layers: application, platform, and infrastructure. SaaS has evolved to become the application layer of Cloud Computing; the platform layer consists of providers such as Force.com, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, among others, that deliver a hosted platform and tools to build, run, and manage your applications in their cloud environment; the infrastructure layer consists of providers, including Amazon Web Services, IBM, Opsource, and others, that provide a hosted infrastructure to run and manage any cloud application you develop in a public or private cloud and pay for it based on an elastic pricing model (unlike the traditional managed service providers).

What’s the up side? We do not have to manage anything inside the cloud. By the way, this used to be called “time-share”.

What’s the down side? We cannot “customize” the SaaS service without paying a sizable fee.

Also if we wanted to integrate data across SaaS services, we must build special bridges. Integration of Corporate Services using a SaaS approach can become quite messy.

In this model, an entire business process; and set of IT applications, run in the Cloud.

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Control towers are used in many industries for different purposes: airports and railroads use them for traffic control; power plants have control rooms to monitor operations; and third party logistics providers use them to track transportation activities. These are places where operations run well. Why not a


in order to monitor and assure your supply? Talk to us, we build them!

So just what is an SCM Control Tower? What are the functions of a Supply Chain Control Tower? Who staffs your Supply Chain Management Control Tower?

If you use an EDI VAN for your business, this message is for you. Move past the ancient VAN technology. JWH EDI Services Electronic Commerce Messaging System will bring your EDI operation into the 21st Century. The power of our global EDI network is available on your server, your cloud platform or your application. AND you cannot beat our prices.
You can connect and communicate with all your customers and trading partners through the JWH EDI Services Electronic Commerce Messaging System - Connect with trading partners around the world on a single Network-as-a-Service platform, get real-time transaction visibility and eliminate those manual network processes. It is a pay as you need model. We track all interchanges from the moment they enter the system, along every step across the network, and through the delivery confirmation.

How can we help you? Contact us: Ken Kinlock at kenkinlock@gmail.com

ec-bp.com The Forum for Supply Chain Integration

ec-bp was established in 2005 as the advocate for lowering the barriers to the adoption of EDI, and our email newsletter has been published every month since that time. Our focus has expanded beyond EDI to encompas the full gamut of supply chain practices and technologies. In addition, our readership has grown to become the largest of any similarly focused publication, and has expanded to include more than 90,000 professionals involved in nearly every aspect of the supply chain.

Today’s supply chain is more than simple transport of EDI documents. The complexity of maintaining compliance with trading partners, managing the ever increasing amount of data, and analyzing that data to drive constant improvement in processes and service take supply chain professionals far beyond the basics of mapping EDI documents.

The VAN as a Railroad

What is a VAN? The EDI experts can create an involved answer but lots of people (like business managers, for instance) are not quite sure what it is. Maybe if I liken it to something not Information Technology, I could better explain it.

It is like the U.S. Freight rail system. Both take your product; pack it in their own container (envelopes/files; box cars); move it to the recipient by a network of rails or phone:data lines (both built by private companies); switch from one to the other (no single VAN or railroad covers the whole country....yet); and finally deliver to the recipient (rail siding or VAN mailbox).

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Thoughts on Survey on EDI costs

Remember statistics with it's "Bell Curve"? I looked through our recent Survey on EDI Costs to find the 10% - 20% of the responses that fall at either end of the curve: and are, let's call "unusual". Yes, we found some interesting comments; especially on surveys and on EDI between big customers and small suppliers.

Cloud and EDI – The Ideal IT Mélange

Yes, cloud computing is a great “mélange” (mix) with EDI; We know what EDI is, so what is ”cloud computing”?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Cloud computing is Web-based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices (such as smart phones) on demand over the Internet”.

WOW! An on-demand, cloud computing model for EDI/B2B, removes the limitations of IT budgets, IT staffing, EDI expertise and EDI systems. It is a pay-as-you-need-it concept. It takes the system from the in-house business and makes it just a hook-up, not another IT project.

The term "cloud" is used as a “symbol” for the Internet. You remember the “cloud” drawing used to represent the Internet in computer network diagrams? Cloud computing providers deliver common business applications online that are accessed from another Web service or software like a Web browser, while the software and data are stored on servers.

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Traditional Versus “WEB” EDI

Many companies have developed or purchased systems that use the WEB and provide an alternative to “traditional” EDI. Are they really easier for a small company? What is lost? What is gained?

Do We Need VANs?

With supply chain platforms providing the E to E linkage and Managed File Transfer Services- do VANS still play a role? The pros and cons of VANs, AS2, FTP, Electronic Commerce Communications Providers. We will be evaluating TRANSPORT, not mapping, Web portals, or other services which could be performed by a VAN as well as by other EDI service providers.

The CIO and EDI

We have been commenting several times about “who owns EDI”, but irrespective of the outcome, the CIO has a role in the software/hardware end of EDI. In the near future, the EDI scenario starts to get more interesting with the development of cloud technology.

Overseeing an EDI department used to be simple. Buy software, negotiate a VAN connection. The hiring of a manager and setting up an EDI department could be under the CIO or not, but the technical implementation was clearly in the realm of the CIO.

Partner hookups and standards conventions were really business issues; but if the department was under the CIO, they were budget issues.

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Drop-Ship - The Ultimate

Imagine the bicycle delivery person in the picture pedaling through a “pedestrian zone”. His first stop is a small T-Shirt store. He brings their package inside and gets a signature on his hand-held device. Next, he delivers a smaller package to a teenager in a nearby apartment. Again he gets a signature. You have just seen the tail end of the supply chain.
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Supply Chain to Supply Circle

As a Supply Chain Manager, everybody is expecting you to perform miracles and save your company. You are expected to come up with some great programs. Would one of the Top Ten SCM Innovations make your CEO happy? Let's try instead and give you some simpler ideas.

Manufacturers can create value, cut costs, and reduce exposure to rapidly changing commodity prices by improving their resource productivity. This means using fewer resources for each unit of output. SCM managers are looking for opportunities beyond their own operations. Collaboration with suppliers and customers can keep used products, components, and materials in circulation. Hence the term "Supply Circle".

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An Unusual WebSite on WHOISEDI

I recently saw a new EDI service that fascinates me: www.whoisEDI.com. I looked way beyond their initial offering, which I will summarize as “Registration of EDI Identifiers (ISA_06)”

Some comments on their offering:

Let say you want to use a new EDI ID. You check with your VAN to make sure it is not already used.

Your VAN CANNOT be aware if the ID exists on any other VANs since VANs keep there clients info in private internal database. You may find later, when you will need an interconnect, that the ID was already used by another company.

WhoisEDI provides a tool where each trading partner maintains is own information (think of WHOIS for the Internet Domain Name). This information is shared between partners after a mutual agreement. So if a trading partner is part of 5,000 trading partner lists on WhoisEDI, it changes his information once and everybody is informed in real time.

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Grappling with Cloud Concepts

The Cloud is with us and it is real! We have all heard something about it; accepted it; rejected it; or are still thinking about it. In some respects it is the old “outsourcing” debate all over again. Outsourcing is “good” because it focuses the company on its core competencies. Outsourcing is “bad” because the company loses control over vital operations. Accepting and utilizing the Cloud is just another of the revolutionary changes (PC, smart phone, etc.) that we have encountered over the last few years. br>
In one sentence: Cloud computing eliminates: (1) staffing; (2) maintenance; (3) obsolescence of hardware, software; and (4) capital investment. That's a lot of benefits to ignore. Let's elaborate:

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Cool Moves to the Cloud, Social Networking and Collaborative SCM

Wow! Every time I read the news or even order a new bread machine I run into yet another instance of cool technology. Automaker Mercedes-Benz is now a Cloud provider and is working at bringing social networking to cars. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals has gone to the Cloud in a big way and brought their suppliers along with them. Kiala, a French package delivery company, is taking advantage of the scalability of Cloud processing. Now on to the news.

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Are CIOs A Dying Breed?

We have previously covered a lot about the Chief Information Officer (CIO): The CIO's qualifications, the CIO's relationship to the supply chain, and the CIO's relationship to EDI. But the biggie is now how the Cloud will impact the CIO. Does the CIO go away or does the CIO get stronger?

Do you really need a CIO? According to a report from Getronics cited on Forbes.com, 17 percent of corporate financial leaders believe the chief information officer position will disappear by 2017.

It is all because of the Cloud changing how companies handle technology.

“CIO's who do not value the Cloud in today’s current IT environment are putting an expiration date on their usefulness in the enterprise,” the article says. “The role of the CIO is not disappearing into the Cloud; instead, it is becoming more strategic because of it.”

For the other 83% who do not think the CIO is going away, their role will be changing. The CIO of the future will use the Cloud to their advantage. The Cloud gets them out of a lot of mundane tasks like overseeing huge data rooms and dozens of support troops. The CIO can now turn into more of a Chief Data Officer (CDO). This new role will contribute more to the success of the enterprise.

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Considering SCM Software

Just what is software for Supply Chain Management? To answer that, first let's see what makes up SCM. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the combination of art and science that goes into improving the way your company finds the raw components it needs to make a product or service and deliver it to customers.

SCM consists of: (1) Planning – company strategy and metrics; (2) Source – suppliers of goods and services; (3) Make – the manufacturing step; (4) Deliver – logistics; and (5) Return – customer support plus excess/defective products. For a more details on these steps, check out the nonprofit Supply-Chain Council's website.

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What Can Supply Chain Management Learn From On-Line Video Games?

One of the biggest sources of entertainment today is on-line video games. I don't mean the single player or two players type, but the group versions. No, it is not just kids; many adults play too (rather than playing bridge or golf). There is a huge amount of collaboration and social networking going on too. The Extended Supply Chain has much to learn from them.

With the Extended Supply Chain (ESC), we are stressing the importance of collaboration, communications, knowledge-sharing. To do it right, we need to change our corporate cultures. The “gamers” are there already with their culture. They go through two stages of learning: (1) the techniques of the game itself; and (2) the social aspect of the game (i.e. collaboration).

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Can The Cloud Help International Supply Chains?

I started out looking for ways the Cloud can help someone with an international supply chain. I reviewed numerous slide shows and white papers then hit on the idea of finding a "best of breed" Cloud provider who is already offering SCM services to international supply chains. Then we can see for real what is possible !

One answer to dealing with international supply chains is to tap into somebody elses Cloud network. Dave Barnes, UPS Chief Information Officer, spoke about the power of technology to drive logistics. He said: "In the UPS logistics Cloud, customers don't have to waste precious resources on creating their own global network. They tap into ours."

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Wholesale Distributors; Do They Use ERP or CRM?

What kind of systems do distributors use? We used to think that because wholesale distributors did not manufacture anything that they did not use ERP systems. However, many ERP vendors offer modules for distributors. There is a whole separate group of software companies that market warehouse management systems, or WMS.

They are a key part of the supply chain by controlling the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse. They process the logistical transactions, including shipping, receiving, putaway and picking. A WMS also directs and optimizes stock putaway based on real-time information about the status of bin utilization. This is sometimes referred to as wholesale distribution software. Well, aren't distributors a candidate for CRM too?

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EDI: A Lost Art But Learnable

EDI a lost art, high turnover, nobody still understands it and needs training, requirements change. companies don’t invest in training anymore. Training is even more important now.

Skills of an EDI specialist are more in analysis of business documents and understanding of the business issues. This is far more important than knowledge of a particular piece of software. An EDI specialist can quickly learn a new tool as required. I am talking more about training for an in-place specialist in order to improve their skills. I am thinking of such topics as EDI best practices, implementing non-core EDI transactions, using POS 852 Data to improve planning, automating PO Change in the workflow process.

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