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How (Not) To Integrate

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 26, 2015 9:21:00 AM


Keeping to our "Ask The Expert" and building on our past posts, [Infographic] Choosing Your Integration Specialist: How To and The Difference Between Integration Products and Integration Solutions, our latest post comes from VL's many years of experience working with clients. From this, we present you with our top collection of "how not-to's" with the hopes of helping you and others avoid these pitfalls on your journey to being smart-busy through integration.

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Topics: Integration as a Service, Ask The Expert

5 Myths About DIY Integration

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 24, 2015 10:30:00 AM


Every industry has its dark corners where rumors of shortcuts, insider knowledge, and other secrets are whispered. Data and EDI integration is certainly not immune to this. Everyone's always looking for the easy, cheap way of solving their problems!

In this blog post, we're going to tackle a very specific dark corner of integration: those whispers surrounding do-it-yourself integration solutions. VL is here to shed some light and hopefully save you from learning what is often painful and expensive lessons! Read on!

Want to read about other integration myths? Check out our blog post "5 Lies Your IT People Told You About Data Integration".

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Integration: Part 2

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 19, 2015 12:45:29 PM


Continuing on from our last blog post that saw us answering three of the top frequently asked questions of VL, we present you with three more great FAQs in our part 2 edition!:

  • How do I know if my EDI system sucks?
  • What are APIs? And,
  • How do APIs work?

See the great answers to these questions below!

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration, EDI Integration

DX3 Canada 2015: Recap

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Another year at DX3 has come and gone! Last week (March 11-12), Virtual Logistics attended DX3 for the third year in a row, and just like our past years' attendance, we had a great time!

There was lots to see and do, and the crowd this year was full of interesting industry experts. We're happy to report that the turnout this year was fantastic! Each year DX3 seems to get better, from the caliber of exhibitors on the show floor, to the speakers, to the awesome swag! 

So keep reading below for VL's full report of DX3 2015!

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Topics: Integration, Dx3 Canada

Is EDI a Business or IT Function?

Posted by Robin Smith on Mar 12, 2015 11:00:00 AM

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Topics: Application Integration, EDI, Productivity

Frequently Asked Questions About Integration: Part 1

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 10, 2015 10:30:00 AM


After over 20 years in the integration industry, we at VL see the same set of questions being asked of us time and time again. This speaks to a general need for more information for inquisitivie minds, and we at VL are always happy to answer any questions you may have about integration.

We've broken down the top 6 frequently asked questions VL receives into two blog posts. In this first blog post, we will be tackling these three questions:

  • What are the benefits of integrated EDI?
  • My trading partner recommended x solution. Will this be the best solution for my company? And,
  • I bought my EDI system years ago. Why should I consider upgrading?

Keep reading to see our answers to these questions, below!

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Topics: Data Integration, Integration, EDI Integration

[Infographic] What Is Integration And How Does It Work?

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 6, 2015 9:52:00 AM


Understanding what integration is and how it works can be a complicated and confusing endeavor, but we at VL stand behind the importance of continuously learning and improving for both ourselves and our valued readers! That being said, we also understand the value of creating valuable, easily-consumable knowledge that caters to a variety of learning styles, including logical and visual learners. As soon as we can figure out how to present information to appeal to our kinesthetic learners out there - we're on it!

So, as promised in our last blog posts, "What Is Integration?" and "How Does Integration Work?", we have summarized the key points of the central concepts key to understanding data integration for you in a handy, easy-to-understand infographic!

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

How Does Integration Work?

Posted by Jessica Thiele on Mar 5, 2015 3:42:25 PM


Continuing on from our last blog post which answered the foundational question "What Is Integration?", this blog post sticks to the theme of our "Ask The Expert" by answering two further questions important to your understanding of integration: how does integration work, and ultimately why it matters to your business.

And just because we here at VL are generous with our knowledge, we've also included a small dictionary of types of integration solutions! Stay tuned to VL's blog by subscribing to the right or by clicking the button at the bottom of this post, as we will be adding more valuable terms, definitions, and concepts to our bank of knowledge as we go!

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

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

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