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DiCentral SAP Channel Team Attending SAP B1 Innovation Summit, Barcelona

  
  
  
  
  

DiCentral’s SAP Channel team is traveling to Barcelona to sponsor the SAP B1 Innovation Summit 2015, May 26 - 28. As a proud gold partner of SAP, we look forward to meeting and reconnecting with other SAP B1 partners in beautiful Barcelona!

See you there!

DiCentral to sponsor SAP B1 Innovation Summit, Barcelona

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GS1 & DiCentral Partner to Bring EDI Best Practices Webinar

  
  
  
  
  

GS1, in partnership with DiCentral, is hosting a free EDI best practices webinar, titled "Retooling Your Business Strategy for Omni-Channel Success," Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET.

This webinar offers a chance to hear directly from a major retailer and national brand supplier as they discuss how their business processes were improved by using X12 EDI. Guest speakers, Jackie Kimble of JC Penney and Karlene Marchese of Fitz and Floyd Enterprises, will highlight the benefits of using EDI and speak to their ROI results. Further, this interactive session will allow you to ask presenters your specific business application questions.

GS1 Speakers:

Jackie Kimble, EDI Support Senior Project Manager, JC Penney

Karlene Marchese, IT & Information Systems Manager, Fitz and Floyd Enterprises

When:

Thursday, May 21st, 2:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide basic EDI application principles and business process flows to help retail trading partners learn how to:

  • Reformulate their business processes to achieve a higher level of efficiency
  • Gear up their online presence with key procedures within the order-to-pay cycle (e.g., product identification, order and deliver and their relationships)
  • Achieve a higher level of accuracy and increase productivity with EDI business messages
  • Meet the consumer demand by leveraging collaborative practices
  • Utilize business message flow best practices within the align data, order and deliver processes

Who Should Attend?

  • Brand, Supplier, Manufacturer and Retailer team members in the Apparel and General Merchandise Industry who are involved in EDI and data management
  • Those who work in data integration
  • Beginner to intermediate (knowledge of the GS1 System of Standards helpful)

To register, click here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Introducing DiUnite 9.0 — DiCentral's Updated Any-to-Any Data Integration Solution

  
  
  
  
  

DiCentral has recently released an updated version of DiUnite, an any-to-any data integration engine featuring a drag-and-drop interface and rich library of functions, allowing users to integrate between databases, XML files, EDI data, and virtually any flat file format.

The focus for DiUnite 9.0 has been to enable map developers to manage their data integration projects through the entire develop/test/deploy/iterate cycle.

Introducing DiUnite 9.0Development: DiUnite Studio’s new user interface brings DiUnite’s Document Manager, Map Manager, and Project/Job Manager into one place. Enhancements include a more visual development experience with more drag-and-drop features.

Test: The Run Debug feature is new in DiUnite 9.0. Run Debug allows map developers to test a map from within the DiUnite Studio and view warnings and errors alongside the mapping rules.

Deploy: Maps can be deployed directly from DiUnite Studio to different servers, such as a test server and a production server.

Iterate: A built-in version control system allows map developers to track map changes and roll back to earlier versions of a map.

To learn more about DiUnite 9.0, click here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral and Arhaus Co-Presenting at GS1 Connect 2015

  
  
  
  
  

We are happy to announce that Peter Edlund, vice president of global product marketing for DiCentral, will be speaking at GS1 Connect 2015, taking place in Austin, Texas, on May 31 - June 4. Mr. Edlund will deliver his presentation, titled "Supply Chain Best Practices," together with John Rutter, CIO for Arhaus. The joint session begins at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 4.

"We are proud to be presenting with Arhaus at this year's GS1 Connect conference," says Edlund. "Arhaus is clearly an industry thought leader, as demonstrated by the company's decision to revitalize and improve operational excellence by supporting its merchant teams with supply chain systems and processes they can depend on."

The session will identify supply chainDiCentral to present at GS1 Connect 2015 best practices for managing the core business functions of the entire order-to-cash process, handling order changes and returns, as well as improving distribution center operations.

GS1 Connect 2015 is the leading trading partner collaboration event where industry stakeholders, data standards users, and experts gather to share practical ideas and industry-tested best practices for leveraging GS1 Standards in supply chain operations. Now in its 15th year, the conference is focused more than ever on the innovation, collaboration, and business transformation made possible through enterprise and industry-wide use of standards. Attendees will learn how companies from different industries are mitigating disruptive forces, improving business processes and boosting bottom lines.

Edlund continues, "GS1 Connect is an important and influential event and we are honored that we have again been asked to speak at the conference. We look forward to working with John from Arhaus to share his successes and to learning from the other distinguished speakers and attendees."

For more information on the event, please visit gs1us.org.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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Enabling the Long Tail within the Supply Chain

  
  
  
  
  

With thirty plus years of EDI now behind us, there is both good and bad news on the state of EDI programs within most corporations.   

The goods new: The majority of purchasing, measured in financial terms, has been automated with EDI. 

The bad news: Only a minority of the total vendor ecosystem has been enabled, measured in terms of number of suppliers.        

It has become clear that B2B system integrators have learned this little known fact years ago and have tailored their messages, focus, internal rewards, sales quotas and solutions in such a manner that they don’t care about the long tail. In an effort to maximize short term value creation, these B2B system integrators have focused on providing a solution that enables only the “fat cats” within the supply chain. As one might suspect, publicly traded companies are rewarded for revenue growth and there isn’t a lot of value in enabling hundreds of suppliers that only trade one or two transactions per month. B2B system integrators that are publicly traded have been the first to abandon the focus on assisting with the long tail within the supply chain.

As a result, historical offerings that helped enable thousands of small trading partners have been whittled down. Most of the publicly traded B2B integrators no longer have adapters for the most common small ERP systems, such as Quickbooks, Microsoft GP, Microsoft NAV, Microsoft AX, SAP ByDesign, SAP All-in-One, and SAP Business One. In addition, they lack a service bureau that will convert paper to EDI. Even the EDI web portals offered by the biggest B2B integrators have become dated and inefficient for small users. In fact, the usability and scalability architecture at most of the large EDI providers prohibits adoption, as the EDI web portals often require the user to have a different login ID for each trading partner. This is the equivalent of asking someone to have a different e-mail address for each person they want to converse with via e-mail.    

While most mature EDI initiatives are relatively Enabling the long tail within the supply chain -- a DiCentral article  happy with their historical success, it leaves the organization with a bifurcated procurement process. Over time, this bifurcated process creates problems and limits the organization’s ability to leverage the investment they have made in B2B integration. 

Solving this problem often requires partnering with a solution provider that focuses extensively on enabling the long tail, and finding them can be difficult given their niche focus. The ability for a niche vendor to get their message heard is limited given that analyst firms such as Gartner, Forrester, and IDC do not typically write about such companies, and advertising budgets from these companies often are insufficient to reach the mainstream.   

If you think that your current B2B integration partner can assist with solving the long tail, do a bit of due diligence and ask some questions:    

  1. How many desktop ERP systems do they have native “plug-in” adapters for? Ask for a list.  Ask for a demo, brochures and a list of certifications that confirms such adapters exist.   Don’t be fooled by B2B integrators who try to plug this gap with partnerships.      
  2. Do you offer a service bureau with the ability to take inbound paper and convert it to EDI? Ask whether the service bureau can handle bi-directional traffic (EDI converted to paper, fax or email). Ask whether the service is native or via a partnership.  Ask how many users they have on their service bureau. 
  3. Ask for a demo of the web EDI portal. Ask whether the end user can scale and add additional trading partners using the same ID. Ask whether the trading partner can pay for the service as opposed to being held hostage on a private web portal. 
  4. Ask for recent client references that have enabled a large population of very small vendors using both plug-in adapters and service bureau offerings.

Chances are that if you are using a large or publicly traded B2B integration provider, you are going to need to find a partner that can help you with the long tail. 

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Presenting Microsoft Dynamics NAV Webinar

  
  
  
  
  

Please join Marc-Andre Huras as he presents advanced EDI integration with NAV in a webinar on Friday, May 15 at 11:30 am CST. Microsoft Dynamics NAV users will learn tips and best practices of EDI integration with their ERP system and how this integration improves collaboration, visibility, and optimizes supply chain processes. DiCentral Microsoft Dynamics NAV webinar

DiCentral, a proud gold partner of Microsoft, welcomes all NAV users to learn how they can leverage their NAV investment.

To register for this webinar, click here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral CSO Jacques Vigneault to Speak at Genesco Vendor Conference

  
  
  
  
  

Tomorrow the DiCentral EDI ComplianceDiCentral exhibiting at Genesco Vendor Conference Team will be in Long Beach for the 2015 Genesco Vendor Conference. Our very own Jacques Vigneault, CSO, will be presenting with Genesco on DiConnect, DiCentral's comprehensive B2B gateway solution that supports all any-to-any connectivity through DiCentral’s communications environment.

The Genesco Vendor Conference is an event where trading partners of Genesco are invited to network and learn about compliance requirements for successful business processes. We hope to see you there!

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral Presenting Microsoft Dynamics AX Webinar

  
  
  
  
  

Please join Marc-Andre Huras, DiCentral’s channel manager for Microsoft Dynamics AX, as he presents advanced EDI integration with AX in a webinar on May 12th at 11:00 am CST. Microsoft Dynamics AX users will learn tips and best practices of EDI integration with their ERP system and how this integration improves collaboration, visibility, and optimizes supply chain processes.

DiCentral, a proud gold partner of Microsoft, DiCentral Microsoft Dynamics AX webinarwelcomes all AX users to learn how they can leverage their AX investment.

To register for this webinar, click here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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DiCentral's Yvonne Espino to Speak Today at TLOAUG

  
  
  
  
  

Yvonne Espino, integrated solutions sales director for DiCentral, will be speaking at the Texas Louisiana Oracle Applications User Group (TLOAUG) meeting, taking place today at the Hilton New Orleans. Ms. Espino will deliver her presentation titled “Advanced EDI Integration for a Growing Supply Chain” at 1:40 p.m.

“TLOAUG is a prominent event with a specific focus and it is attended by many of our industry’s sharpest professionals,” says Espino. “I’m excited to join this group of distinguished participants who are passionate about exploring and sharing opportunities as we work to further educate them on the value provided by DiCentral’s suite of EDI solutions.”

DiCentral speaking at Texas Louisiana Oracle Applications User Group

Oracle clients will learn best practices of EDI integration with their Oracle system and how this integration improves collaboration, visibility and optimizes supply chain processes. DiCentral will present actual clients that have cost-effectively implemented an EDI solution with their suppliers and benefited from shorter delays in order fulfillment and a reduction of administrative errors. Additionally, DiCentral will demonstrate the ease of integrating data with Oracle and highlight the benefits and cost savings associated.

TLOAUG represents the South Central Oracle Application Users within Texas and Louisiana. Its mission is to enable Oracle Applications/Technology users throughout the Texas and Louisiana area to accumulate and share information and experiences with each other and the local Oracle office. Learn more about TLOAUG here.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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You mean I can integrate EDI orders with my QuickBooks!?

  
  
  
  
  

This article is written by guest blogger Yvette Santos, DiCentral's customer development director.

You may not have thought about how much time you are spending manually keying in information into QuickBooks Premier or QuickBooks Enterprise software. It is probably more time than you think—especially with EDI orders that require a return of other document sets. Let’s take a second to focus on integrating EDI Purchase Order and Invoice data to your QuickBooks software.

Quick background: DiCentral knows EDI and has been on the leading edge of supply chain software and services for over 14 years. We have a web portal called DiWeb which gives you the required compliance with trading partners and offers functions-abilities-visibility for the vendor/user to process orders. We built robust software to complement the DiWeb portal for processing orders called DiIntegrator R11. This is a more advanced integration solution and is cost-effective and provides the ability to mass process orders efficiently and effectively. DiIntegrator R11 can help process Purchase Orders, Advance Ship Notices, TMS documents and Invoices. With this powerful software, there are reports galore: packing reports, item reports, packing slips, picking slips, etc. There are many versions of DiIntegrator R11, such as Single User, Multi-User, Multi-Tenant and versions that provide integration to other ERPs (DiCentral also provides hosting services, but that is for another time). DiWeb will be used to process other documents that will not be processed in DiIntegrator, and will also provide unique visibility and will still give you access to “chargeback killers.”

DiCentral DiIntegrator EDI integration with QuickBooksBack to integration with QuickBooks: The DiCentral software version that I’d like to discuss is DiIntegrator R11 with QuickBooks Export. Along with all the other DiIntegrator R11 features, it has the ability to export Purchase Orders to QuickBooks that will show up as Sales Orders. You will be able to create/send ASNs and print your labels and then create Invoices and send them to your trading partners. You will also have the ability to export the EDI invoices to QuickBooks. When the Invoices are exported to QuickBooks, it will close out the Sales Order as well as update the invoice section inside the QuickBooks software. Additionally, DiIntegrator has other options for you to format the invoice numbers the way you need them.

Achieving integration using DiIntegrator for QuickBooks export is an effective way to reduce/remove the time you spend keying in information into your QuickBooks software, leaving you the ability to focus on your core competencies and grow profits for your business.

-Daniel Ford, DiCentral

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