New Products from Loren Data

Todd Gould ECGridOS, EDI, Featured, VANs

This month we have launched two new products: SuperHUBSM and VendorConnect. Both have been driven by customer demand and are directly intended to stabilize the shifting sand that is today’s EDI messaging environment. SuperHUB has been in development for some time and is a natural extension of ECGrid, enhanced for major EDI Hub end-users. Not just another VAN, SuperHUB is …

I Built That!

Todd Gould ECGridOS, EDI, VANs

One of the most common search terms we have hitting our web site is “How do I become a VAN?” Great question. There is no off-the-shelf VAN software. Each and every VAN has built their own system, designed to handle standard (X12, EDIFACT, TRADACOM, etc.) and non-standard EDI data. And for the sake of this argument I will also include …

In the Most Interesting Places

Todd Gould EDI, Humor, Interconnects, President's Letter, VANs

When traveling around the world, you never know who you are going to meet in the most interesting places. Last week found me on business in Nice, France. Not a bad place to relax while “doing” EDI. I happened upon one Penny Vanderbilt. Not likely the long lost third cousin fifth removed of Gloria, but quite an interesting bird, herself. …

Is ECGrid a VAN?

Todd Gould President'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 …

To Build or To Buy, That Is the Question

Todd Gould EDI, President's Letter, 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 …