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Planning a Logistics System

logistic2Let's say we just got some good news: A client has just given us the assignment to plan a logistics system for a large food distribution contract they are bidding on. WOW! Where do we start? Lets start by planning how we are going to plan!

3PL / 4PL / 5PL / 6PL Definitions

logisticsIn every EDI application, knowledge of the business needs and functions is of paramount importance. If you don't understand a "purchase order" or a "load tender" or a "health care claim or encounter" you'll never be able to map the ANSI or EDIFACT EDI data format for these transactions. In my experience, logistics is the toughest because of the many, many unrelated (by ownership) parties who need to be in the loop.

Mike Martz Brings an Experienced Viewpoint

EDITargetHello, all. My name is Michael Martz, formerly eBusiness Director at a large F500 company in the Chicago area, now happily retired and lovin' it. Scott dropped me a note a couple weeks ago about an opportunity to "give back" to the EDI/eBusiness community by writing a blog for the EC-BP.org site, and I jumped at the chance after determining it wouldn't interfere with my daily nap.

What Your EDI Skills Can Lead To

virtualRecently I have been seeing what my almost thirty years of EDI experience has prepared me for. Working with a private corporation that operates with an almost virtual national headquarters, I have been challenged with a wide variety of assignments. The skill that got me into this was a good rapport with the senior manager of the corporation (an LLC). I attribute my acquiring this skill because an EDI person is constantly working with both business managers and technical managers.

Build, Buy, or Wait? (Part 2)

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 Well, you’ve identified the software functionality you need and have talked to your sources to get their opinions on how to go about developing it. In the back of your mind, though, you still think it should be part of the base translator package and ought to be included in a future release. What’s your next step?

Project Management is a Changin'

Kinlock ProjMgmt JugglerWe are seeing a trend in IT project management methodologies : the need for projects to be smaller and faster. Gone are the days of the multi-year, beaucoup dollars, cast of hundreds kind of  project. Rather than planning a huge project from start to finish before  holding the "kickoff meeting," CIOs need to fly with shorter projects which keep the customer on top. There is a need to learn to manage unknowns until they are known. There is also a need for speed in project management methodologies. CIOs must adapt their IT project management methodologies while still limiting risks and taking care of business problems.

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