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5 Lies Your IT People Told You About Data Integration

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 27, 2014 11:08:47 AM

As summer is slowly coming to an end I decided to reflect on the first half of 2014. One of the things that struck me about the first half of the year was the number of conversations I had with people who custom coded complex integrations and were very happy to continue doing that despite the time it took. Maybe its because the economy is picking up in North America that companies are once again looking to streamline processes and searching for solutions. I don’t know. From those conversations I gleaned five gems that I thought I would blog about. So I titled this blog 5 lies your IT people told you about integration. This is not to slam IT people but rather to expose 5 issues senior executives have to be aware of when it comes to integration.

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Topics: build vs. buy, Application Integration, Integration

eCommerce and Supply Chain Data Integration: Steve Deckert

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 21, 2014 10:25:07 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

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Petri Helo

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 15, 2014 4:37:00 PM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Logistics 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: Logistics, ecommerce, B2B, B2C, omnichannel

Ecommerce Data Integration: What you may have missed in July

Posted by Robin Smith on Aug 5, 2014 3:28:10 PM

July has come and gone. The dog days of summer are upon us. July was a busy month at VL from a blogging perspective, although It seemed the first and second quarter sprints slowed down and people were taking a breather - vacations.

From the VL World

In the blogging world we published the third interview in our 7 Questions Series - Logistics. Alex Snyder the CEO of Propack gave us his perspective on the our 7 questions. You can read his perspective here. Alex followed Sylvain Perrier and Dan Cence. We also launched our 7 Questions Series for Ecommerce in July, so stay tuned for articles from ecommerce experts around the world.

We recapped June and the IRCE show in the following article. Our third visit to IRCE now makes us veterans. Every year the show gets bigger and this speaks to the power of ecommerce in retailing. The international presence really surprised me this year, it was a major change.

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Topics: Data Integration, EDI Integration, ecommerce

Canada a Leader in Online Shopping? Not so Fast.

Posted by Robin Smith on Jul 24, 2014 5:21:00 PM

In this installment of our chart series we are featuring an infographic from our friends at Nextopia on the current Canadian ecommerce landscape. The infographic is below.

The key data points suggest that ecommerce in Canada is ticking along nicely:

  • Canadians will buy $25 billion in goods and services in 2014 up from $19.8B in 2012.
  • Over 55% of Canadians make online purchases with over 70% expected to be buying online by 2016.
  • Canadian eCommerce is growing at a faster rate than the United States.
  • Shop.ca has raised $51 million in venture capital and Amazon recently announced adding 1 million additional items on Amazon.ca

Wow! Ecommerce is HOT in Canada! Or is it?

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Topics: Integration, ecommerce, B2C

Data Integration: What you may have missed in June

Posted by Robin Smith on Jul 21, 2014 9:25:00 AM

Wow its already mid July and once again time has flown.

June was a crazy month. We didn't have many blog posts for a variety of reasons, the most important being we attended IRCE 2014 in Chicago in early June and that wiped us out in a major way. The other issue was we spent too much time watching world cup games. Hey it only happens every four years so allow us the indulgence.

We did publish one blog article. You can read our recap of May here.

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Topics: IRCE, B2B, B2C

Lack of Data Integration. Two Ships Colliding in the Night?

Posted by Chris Herbert on Jul 16, 2014 9:55:57 AM

In this installment of our charting series we want to draw your attention to a few trends that on the surface are not that new, but could amount to a heap of trouble for retailers big and small.

In the recent post by eMarketer: “Retailers Look to Merge Offline and Online Shopping Experiences in 2014” eMarketer cites their recent report  that ecommerce will continue to grow as a sales channel for retailers accounting for 6.4% of total sales or $304.1 billion. That’s a jump of 15.5% over last year. While 6.4% of sales is still small compared to traditional bricks and mortar stores over 89% of Internet users are webrooming and showrooming as part of the shopping experience. See the chart below. 

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Topics: Data Integration, B2B, B2C

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Alex Snyder

Posted by Chris Herbert on Jul 9, 2014 4:20:23 PM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Logistics 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: Data Integration, Logistics, B2B, omnichannel, 7 Question Series

Ecommerce Integration: What you may have missed: May in Review

Posted by Robin Smith on Jun 6, 2014 3:18:00 PM

May seems a blur as I put together this blog. We didn't have any trade shows lined up in May because we were getting ready for IRCE which is happening next week in Chicago. IRCE for those of you who don't know is the largest ecommerce trade show in the world. Its held every year at McCormick Place in Chicago. This will be our third year attending.

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Topics: Integration, ecommerce, omnichannel

Logistics and Supply Chain Data Integration: Sylvain Perrier

Posted by Chris Herbert on Jun 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The 7 Questions Interview Series: Logistics 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: Data Integration, Logistics, ecommerce, B2C, omnichannel, 7 Question Series