Loren Data Turns 25 Years Old!

Todd Gould CEO's Letter

It’s been a long road since my college apartment in Palms while attending UCLA where Loren Data began. The official first day of Loren Data is the day I graduated. Back in 1987 the job market sucked (sound familiar) and I found myself making twice as much programming PCs with dBASE and Clipper than I could with a job in my field (Chemistry …

January 2012 Notes

Todd Gould CEO's Letter, Monthly Notes

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! I am excited and ready to hit the ground running in 2012. Lots of announcements are on the way… Where is EDI going? Are you providing complete solutions to your customers? How are you prepared to compete with Enterprise 2.0 and The Cloud? Loren Data grows in two ways, one in adding new customers the second …

Watching the Data Go By

Todd Gould CEO's Letter, EDI

I’ve been running an EDI VAN since 1996. From those first days of watching data move across the system I’ve been mesmerized. Every day people buy food, products, clothes, cars, etc. and they have no idea about the Data Dance that occurred in perfect harmony, which allowed them to enjoy the benefits of this economy. I never forget the day …

Is ECGrid a VAN?

Todd Gould CEO's Letter, VANs

This is a very interesting question, as the entire future of the industry may depend on the answer. The related questions are “What is a VAN?” and “What is the difference between an EDI VAN and an EDI Service Provider?” Let’s start with the last question first as I think it is quite telling. What Is a VAN? This is …

December 2011 Notes

Todd Gould CEO's Letter, Monthly Notes

E-RETAIL IS HUGE WITH EDI At Loren Data we track the health of ECGrid in many ways. There are direct alerts for problem files, bad routings, etc. However, one of the things we do is trend monitoring. We have an expected characterization of the traffic through our system by time of day and day of week. This really helps us …

November 2011 Notes

Todd Gould CEO's Letter, Monthly Notes

RADLEY CORPORATION GOES LIVE Big congratulations to Radley Corporation (http://radley.com) who went live on ECGrid this month. Established in 1974, with headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, and offices in Grand Rapids, MI, Phoenix, AZ, and Düsseldorf Germany, Radley Corporation provides enterprise-class Productivity Software Solutions and Services. All of us at Loren Data are excited to be working with the team at …

To Build or To Buy, That Is the Question

Todd Gould CEO's Letter, EDI, VANs

Since I started developing software professionally in 1983, the build or buy question has been part of my business. “Off-the-Shelf or Custom Programming” was the original hurdle for me to cross to make a sale. These days it is the “In-source or Out-source” of a mission critical service question. Yesterday I had a lengthy discussion about this with our industry …

Catalysts and Inhibitors

Todd Gould CEO's Letter

A vibrant capitalist system requires frothy competition, which fosters growth, innovation and cost reduction. Do you compete in a vibrant way to provide the best product for your customers, or do you spend time, energy and resources playing a defensive game to prevent your competition from competing? Sometimes we need to step away from our business jargon and terms such …