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Apply Large-grained Reuse for Common Transaction Sets

This blog post is the second part of a series highlighting the three keys to rapid EDI modernization for JD Edwards users.

Despite some lingering reservations around migration costs, EDI modernization, either driven by internal platform migration or external trading partner requirements, has become a strong consideration for JD Edwards users. The secret to success is all about selecting the right strategy.

While certainly true that reuse is one of the most significant cost saving strategies in migrating to a new EDI solution, not all reuse strategies yield similar results. The numbers show that deploying a large-grained approach to reuse can save significantly more than looking at smaller units.

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As exhibited in Figure 1, the degree of time and cost reduction that is attainable varies. If you are working on a customer-wide integration, it is easier to accomplish with a large-scale integration because inbound and outbound processes only have slight differences for maps, adapters, business processes and other integrations. By reusing the integration level, more time is saved and cost associated with the EDI modernization is minimized. Continue reading

Employ Reuse to Speed Results, Reduce Risks and Instill Best Practices

This blog post is the first part of a series highlighting the three keys to rapid EDI modernization for JD Edwards users.

IT modernization has become almost commonplace in today’s tech savvy business world. Computing platform replacements and enterprise application upgrades are important internal drivers for modernizing other IT systems and processes. In addition, external factors like onboarding of new trading partners with added integration requirements also impact the need to upgrade.

While Oracle JD Edwards (JDE) customers may face both kinds of modernization drivers, some businesses hesitate to take on EDI modernization because of concerns over switching costs. That’s despite the significant benefits and rapid payback EDI modernization can bring. Continue reading

Modernizing EDI: The Difference Between Classic EDI and Modern EDI

Today’s EDI is very different from what it was 10 or 15 years ago. When many companies made their last EDI technology investments, they were not facing the challenges they face today as they fill a supplier or intermediary role in the B2B value chain. They must support new shared processes, transactions, document types, and communication methods, all while meeting more stringent service levels.

Partner-driven and IT-driven integration changes are also propelling a wave of modernization. “Classic EDI” translators are being replaced by “Modern EDI” integration solutions, due to radical changes in internal business processes, on-premise and cloud (SaaS) applications, and new platforms.

Classic EDI refers to the exchange of standard electronic document types, with syntax and semantics defined by standards organizations, principally X12 and EDIFACT. Like Classic EDI, Modern EDI also embraces standard EDI document interchanges, but in addition, supports the interchange of non-standard, proprietary documents, mostly based on flat file, XML, and spreadsheet syntaxes.

But the differences between Classic and Modern EDI go beyond support for new document types:

Classic EDI Versus Modern EDI

Classic EDI Versus Modern EDI

Modern EDI reflects the increased diversity of partner, application, and service interfaces present in business environments today. That diversity imposes new requirements on EDI systems, including support for connections that combine applications, services, and data resources in powerful end-to-end business processes. Continue reading

Justifying EDI Change in Your Business

If there’s one thing IT leaders understand, it’s change.  Business changes are a given, and almost no one in IT is working with the same set of technologies they were using five years ago, much less ten or fifteen years ago.  Managing change is a core IT skill.

Even changes that are essential to business operations must compete for budget dollars, however.  And the vast majority of IT spending goes to maintaining existing systems.  That means investments in new IT capabilities and improvements must compete for a small slice of the IT budget.  And spending money in one area means not spending it in another. Continue reading

Strategy to Modernize Your EDI Solution

It’s a new year. This is the year you’re finally gonna do something about your aging EDI solution. It’s likely this decision came down from above. “They” want to gain a competitive advantage, which could mean anything from decreasing partner on-boarding time to scrapping the whole ERP/platform/EDI suite in favor of something that’s better suited to your enterprise.

So… where do you go from here? Depending on your situation, your options could be anything from “Do nothing for now” to “Full replacement ASAP”. Carefully enumerating the options (like on a whiteboard) is a really useful exercise and will help you make a sound business case for your decision. But, in order to arrive at viable options (which management loves), you have to first know what this is going to impact. Continue reading