20 05, 2024

DCS Welcomes New Director of Sales and Marketing

By |2024-05-20T15:57:51-05:00May 20, 2024|Company news|Comments Off on DCS Welcomes New Director of Sales and Marketing

Data Communication Solutions (DCS), a leading provider of EDI consulting services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alisa Gingerich as the new Director of Sales and Marketing. With a wealth of experience in strategic marketing and sales leadership, Alisa is set to drive DCS’s growth and enhance its market presence. Alisa joins DCS with a proven track record of success in the technology sector. Prior to joining DCS, she held key leadership roles where she was instrumental in driving revenue growth and expanding market share. Alisa’s expertise spans over 15 years in the industry, with notable achievements in [...]

2 05, 2024

Gentran Upgrades and Support

By |2024-05-02T14:57:10-05:00May 2, 2024|Case Studies, Gentran|Comments Off on Gentran Upgrades and Support

A premier candy and gift company headquartered in Kentucky recently contacted DCS for help upgrading their IBM Gentran Server for Windows. They were on an unsupported version and knew the risk that posed to business-critical EDI orders from their customers. They had contacted IBM support but upgrade assistance isn't part of standard support, and they knew they needed hands-on help. Looking for alternatives, they turned to DCS. We met to discuss their specific needs, review their system, and provide a project estimate. After meeting with several other potential vendors, they decided DCS offered the best service and value. Thanks to [...]

27 03, 2024

Legacy EDI Systems: Should You Upgrade?

By |2024-05-02T14:48:07-05:00March 27, 2024|EDI & AS2 Systems|Comments Off on Legacy EDI Systems: Should You Upgrade?

Introduction: Legacy EDI systems, often implemented decades ago, were pioneers in automating business transactions. Built on standards such as ANSI X12 and EDIFACT, these systems laid the foundation for modern supply chain management and electronic commerce. But do they still fulfill modern integration needs? How Will This Help Me? We’ll help you understand the benefits, risks, and potential future of legacy systems and help you decide whether your decades-old system is still the right solution. The Origins of Legacy EDI Systems: Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI, emerged in the late 20th century as a standardized method for exchanging business documents [...]

27 02, 2024

What an EDI 824 Can Do For You

By |2024-05-02T15:04:31-05:00February 27, 2024|EDI 101, Routine Documents|Comments Off on What an EDI 824 Can Do For You

Introduction: The EDI 824 – known as the Application Advice – is a silent hero in the EDI world. It communicates the status of a sent transaction and allows for quick resolution of errors, so ignore it at your peril! How Will This Help Me? This post outlines the value of an 824 and explains how it can reduce your errors and improve your cash flow. Understanding the 824: Trading Partners send the 824 Application Advice to convey the status of an EDI document that was sent to them. Although it can be used for any status, it's most often [...]

8 02, 2024

Walmart Updates 855 Spec

By |2024-05-02T15:05:34-05:00February 8, 2024|EDI 101, EDI Resources|Comments Off on Walmart Updates 855 Spec

Walmart recently updated their EDI 855 (PO Acknowledgment) specification. The quantity in ACK02 (segment ACK, element two) is now required rather than optional. You must include the specific item quantity that you're acknowledging in ACK02 or Walmart will count it as an error. Make sure your Walmart 855 map is set to always include ACK02 so your 855's aren't rejected. 855 rejections can lead to subsequent 856 rejections (even if there's no error) and ultimately to 810 rejections, affecting your receivables and causing extra work. If you're not sure how to handle ACK02, DCS can help with that and any [...]

18 01, 2024

Key Person Risk in EDI

By |2024-05-02T15:07:29-05:00January 18, 2024|EDI 101, EDI Resources|Comments Off on Key Person Risk in EDI

Introduction: In the ever-evolving landscape of digital business operations, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) stands as a cornerstone, streamlining transactions between organizations. However, with great technological reliance comes the risk associated with key personnel. This blog post delves into the critical issue of key person risk in EDI and how organizations can safeguard their operations. How Will This Help Me? This post helps you understand, identify, and mitigate a significant potential risk to your EDI. Understanding Key Person Risk: Key person risk occurs when the absence or departure of a crucial individual can have a significant impact on a business function. [...]

18 01, 2024

Case Study: DCS Helps Baby Products Manufacturer Eliminate EDI Risk

By |2024-05-02T15:09:02-05:00January 18, 2024|Case Studies, EDI Resources|Comments Off on Case Study: DCS Helps Baby Products Manufacturer Eliminate EDI Risk

The Business Need: A major baby products manufacturer based in California recognized that they had significant key person risk in their EDI operations. Ranked as one of Fortune’s Most Innovative Companies, their exponential retail growth required robust, scalable, and reliable EDI operations. Although they had a solid EDI system built by a talented individual, that individual was the only resource and there was little to no system documentation. A backup resource had been cross-trained and could run basic EDI operations for short periods but could not resolve major issues or make updates. Knowing that EDI is critical to their customer [...]

4 01, 2024

Navigating Efficiency: Defining the Total Cost of Ownership for EDI Solutions

By |2024-05-02T15:09:46-05:00January 4, 2024|EDI & AS2 Systems, EDI 101|Comments Off on Navigating Efficiency: Defining the Total Cost of Ownership for EDI Solutions

Introduction: In the era of digital transformation, businesses are constantly seeking ways to enhance efficiency and streamline operations. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a pivotal tool, enabling organizations to automate data exchange with customers and suppliers. While the benefits of EDI are evident, it's essential for businesses to understand the comprehensive financial picture. In this post, we'll explore the concept of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for EDI solutions, shedding light on the various factors that contribute to the overall investment and the long-term value. How Will This Help Me? This post will explain why it’s important to complete a [...]

27 12, 2023

Self, Blended, or Managed Service – Which EDI Software Type is Right for You?

By |2024-02-29T13:08:31-06:00December 27, 2023|EDI & AS2 Systems, EDI 101|Comments Off on Self, Blended, or Managed Service – Which EDI Software Type is Right for You?

There are many types of EDI and data integration software and many different options to manage them. You can run your EDI yourself, hire an external person to help you, or pay someone to do everything for you. Running an EDI system yourself is generally referred to as self-service. The system may be on-premise or software-as-a-service (SAAS), but you have access to do your own mapping, testing, and new partner implementations. Self-service can sound daunting, but with a little training most companies find they can easily manage their day-to-day EDI operations. External resources like DCS can provide expertise and [...]

2 09, 2021

What is E2E in Supply Chain Management?

By |2024-02-29T13:13:59-06:00September 2, 2021|EDI 101, Strategic Sourcing|Comments Off on What is E2E in Supply Chain Management?

Supply chains are how we bring goods to market. Each step, from sourcing to manufacturing to delivery, presents unique challenges. And if something goes wrong at one point, it can disrupt the whole system. Supply chain management is how we keep the process flowing. But the supply chain is evolving. Our global, on-demand economy requires a dynamic, scalable approach. And tomorrow will bring more challenges. Are you ready? End to End (E2E) supply chain management is how you keep up today and prepare for tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know about this future-ready approach to supply chain management. [...]

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