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What Is Integration?

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 3, 2015 4:15:33 PM


Have you ever been caught in a conversation where, somehow, you get caught up in nodding your head along with the conversational leader, zoning out, without really understanding what's being said -- and then they ask you your thoughts and feelings on the matter? We've all seen the movie trope of this situation, where ultimately the awkward protagonist turns beet red, mumbles some generic excuse, and quickly excuses them selves from the conversation. They've been discovered as conversational imposters! 

Well, we at VL want to arm you with the best knowledge possible so that you can not only follow along with an expert integration service provider's conversation, but you can contribute effectively to any discussion as well as be able to ask the right questions with the right amount of understanding behind you to understand the answers. Our ultimate goal is to make it so that no one can pull the wool over your eyes!

So, in honour of kicking off VL's theme for the next two months, "Ask The Expert", our next two blog articles are centered around filling any gaps in your knowledge base about what integration is, how it works, and ultimately why it matters to your business.

In this blog, we'll be dedicating our focus on the ultimate core to your integration knowledge base that all of your additional knowledge will be centered on: What is integration?

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration as a Service, Integration, Ask The Expert

7 Questions eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Jeff Cates

Posted by Robin Smith on Feb 27, 2015 9:03:15 AM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration

“The 7 Question Series” is an investigative content series where we seek out key leaders in a specific industry and/or subject matter expertise area and ask them 7 key questions that “enquiring minds want to know”. There is a twist however to these questions. We provide the person being interviewed with a hypothesis for each question. This helps to frame and set context for their answer.

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Topics: 7 Question Series

10 Reasons Not To Go To DX3 2015

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Feb 26, 2015 9:11:00 AM

It's that time of the year again, DX3 time,  the time of the year when the good people of DX3 try to pry us out of the warmth of our winter hibernations with the promise of "Canada's largest conference and trade show dedicated to digital marketing, digital advertising and digital retail [bringing] agencies, brands, publishers and retailers together for two days of networking and education" on March 11 & 12 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (http://www.dx3canada.com/).

If you're like me, I'd rather sit inside in the dark and watch my skin continue to pale until translucent light rather than learn about cutting edge solutions for Canadian ecommerce, be surrounded by the best of the best of Canadian digital specialists, and have the opportunity to both talk and listen with industry experts. Ick, human contact!

So I've put together the Top 10 Reasons Not To Go To DX3 2015. Don't be taken in by all the other promotional blogs, materials, and campaigns out there trying to get you to DX3 in order to expand your knowledge base and better your business! Trust me, you definitely don't want to go to DX3 2015.

Ew.


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Topics: Integration as a Service, Dx3 Canada

7 Questions Data and Supply Chain Data Integration: Vineet Vashishta

Posted by Robin Smith on Feb 24, 2015 9:08:00 AM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Data and Supply Chain Data Integration

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Data and Supply Chain Data Integration “The 7 Question Series” is an investigative content series where we seek out key leaders in a specific industry and/or subject matter expertise area and ask them 7 key questions that “enquiring minds want to know”. There is a twist however to these questions. We provide the person being interviewed with a hypothesis for each question. This helps to frame and set context for their answer.

Data and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives:

Data and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives: The objective of this series is to establish direct connections with data experts across the globe and ask them the same set of 7 questions regarding data and data integration in the business. We want to derive insights from their direct experiences and expertise that will help companies, both B2B and B2C at all stages of their evolution. We are also curious to see if their answers are similar or different. These interviews will be featured on this website as a series.

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Topics: 7 Question Series

[Free Infographic] Choosing Your Integration Specialist: How To

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Feb 23, 2015 9:03:00 AM

FREE INFOGRAPHIC: How to Choose Your Integration Specialist

Are you looking for an integration specialist? Unsure of how to start your search for a specialist, or if you even need one?

This infographic will outline everything you need to know before speaking with a sales person or consultant regarding integration. You will learn: 

  • Whether you need an integration specialist, based on your business' current situation
  • Who needs custom integration, and why
  • Step-by-step instructions on preparing yourself for meeting with prospective integration providers

Download the full infographic by submitting your information to the right!

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Topics: Integration as a Service, Integration, EDI Integration, Dr. VL

The Difference Between Integration Products and Integration Solutions

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Feb 18, 2015 9:52:00 AM


Have you ever noticed that some people use the words 'products' and 'solutions' interchangeably, as if they are equivalent in meaning?

In the world of data integration providers, how can one tell if an offering is a solution or product -- and what is the difference between the two?

In this blog article, Dr. VL will break down all you need to know about integration solutions versus integration products to help you navigate your search for the best data integration partner for your business.

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Topics: EDI integration solutions, Integration as a Service, Dr. VL

7 Questions Data and Supply Chain Data Integration: Val Matison

Posted by Robin Smith on Feb 12, 2015 12:09:00 PM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Data and Supply Chain Data Integration

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Data and Supply Chain Data Integration “The 7 Question Series” is an investigative content series where we seek out key leaders in a specific industry and/or subject matter expertise area and ask them 7 key questions that “enquiring minds want to know”. There is a twist however to these questions. We provide the person being interviewed with a hypothesis for each question. This helps to frame and set context for their answer.

Data and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives:

Data and Supply Chain Data Integration Series Objectives: The objective of this series is to establish direct connections with data experts across the globe and ask them the same set of 7 questions regarding data and data integration in the business. We want to derive insights from their direct experiences and expertise that will help companies, both B2B and B2C at all stages of their evolution. We are also curious to see if their answers are similar or different. These interviews will be featured on this website as a series.

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Topics: 7 Question Series

VL Partner Profile Series: Blue Link ERP

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Feb 10, 2015 12:12:00 PM


In VL's integration process, we only keep company with people and companies that hold the same values, objectives and approaches as we do. Keeping to our own advice from this infographic, we surround ourselves with trusted experts: we work with our technology partners to provide our customers with the best possible software and technology to help streamline our customers' business.

To help our audience get to know our partners better, VL will be profiling one of our partners each month. Our first profile in the series is our partner Blue Link ERP. Read on to learn more about Blue Link, their strengths, and how VL and Blue Link's partnership provides the epitome of service and quality to our clients.

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Topics: Bluelink, Bluelink ERP, VL Partner Profile Series

The Benefits of Integrated EDI: Free Presentation

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Feb 6, 2015 10:45:00 AM


In VL's latest presentation, "The Benefits of Integrated EDI: How to Get and Keep Your Omni Channel Business Healthy", we review key concepts, facts, statistics, and benefits of integrated EDI, inlcuding:

  • Why integrated EDI matters to your business and your bottom line
  • Key statistics illustrating the value of integrated EDI, and the drawbacks of "human integration" (i.e. copy & paste)
  • How to take preliminary steps towards reaping the benefits of integrated EDI
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Topics: Integration, ecommerce, omnichannel, Dr. VL

An Ecommerce Whitepaper: Three Common Ecommerce Integration Issues and Their Solutions

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Feb 4, 2015 4:11:00 PM


This whitepaper provides a discussion and analysis of three common problem areas that ecommerce businesses often deal with that can and will affect business performance, efficiency, and scalability. 

The problem areas are customer experience, data movement, and systems used.

Through addressing each of one these problem areas through a description of the problem, a case-study example, and discussion, readers will learn that through proper integration, businesses can stand to:

  • Increase sales productivity
  • Save time per transaction
  • Cut order processing time
  • Establish the ability to scale
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Topics: Data Integration, Integration as a Service, Integration, ecommerce, Dr. VL, customer experience, data movement, ecommerce systems

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