With VAN Consolidation rampant, are B2B message routing exchanges the answer to total reciprocity and delivery assurance?

Author’s note:

The most fecund source of utter baloney can be found at many places on the GXS website, that basically states, “a one vendor network is the only way to insure EDI messaging reliability”. Bull-oney. I think we have all learned an indelible lesson that multi-vendor, multi-provider markets (including messaging networks) which includes routing networks (like the internet) are the best architectural model to arise in the universe of IT, from both a reliability and economic perspective. I’m sure that the old GXS would like nothing better than to have its customers get everything from its network based services – messaging, translation, applications, maybe your medical insurance too. Maybe GXS would like to arrange marriages?

This article is about an access and routing model that was born in the early Internet years, when setting up routing gateways was a black art – and telcos late to the Internet game started to get hungry again, formed a land rush, buying up many of the first mover IP backbone providers; this is when MCI bagged UUNET, leading to another  antitrust case.

Now, we have a tremendous amount of VAN consolidation with the OpenText deal, and this could be a good time to talk about the CIX, or Commercial Internet Exchange Model. CIX was formed as a shared peering exchange point, a membership organization, that allowed companies to get their foot in the Internet’s door – while the FCC was struggling to come to terms with the Telecom Reform Act of 1996. Ok, that ends my intro – on to the EDI Messaging Exchange Model:

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India in Ascendancy

If you think it’s all about outsourcing, smart engineers, and cheap programmers – think again. India has contributed a rich body of philosophy to the world.

—- You see, life is like a great drama, the Mahabharata – the story of war spanning 10,000 years. As India rises in the world’s eyes, America sinks into moral decay (some might say nowadays; I still think we Americans are good at heart – how can the world be perpetually angry at the country who gave the earth Harley Davidson?).

The victory only comes at the end of apparent defeat. Yuhistria loses all the brothers of his Panadava Clan to seven wars, and is now alone wandering in the dark forest. He, the eldest brother has brought shame on the family by engaging in dice, gambling away the family property and fortunes.

He is alone now with his dog……and comes to the gates of heaven – Indra, the Angel guarding the gates says, “you may enter Prince, but no dog may enter heaven with you”

Yudhisthria is a moral man, and says, “I cannot abandon an animal that has lived by my side and is wholly dependent on me”,

“Then, you shall not enter”, says the angel

“Where are my brothers, Arjuna…etc.”

The Angel shows Yudhisthria a vision of hell……..”there are your clan, all in hell, and tormented by their enemies”.

“then that is where I will go”, says Yudhisthria,, “For if they are in hell, then that is heaven for me:”

At this point in the great narrative, the Faithful Dog at Yudhisthria’s side turns into the living incarnation of Dharma, and blesses him, and the Pandava Clan is reunited in heaven.

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