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 Рand 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:

Continue reading


Sound opinions of GXS performance and user satisfaction sought

I am quite sincere in soliciting any bona fide end-users, especially brand marquee retailer and manufacturer hubs, any large EDI communications messaging users that are GXS TGMS VAN, Inovis VAN, or even past or present unmigrated IE VAN customers that wish to make on or off the record statement regarding your satisfaction with GXS overall –

I am not compiling data for professional services or enterprise software sales, and I have not made up my mind on integration or managed services scoring.

What the heck! If you are a GXS client and are perfectly satisfied with what they are providing, contact me at abmadw@gmail.com and I will take your opinion and ask you ten questions. In return, you can ask me anything within my area of expertise = as a full-time B2B sector analyst for new products, and as an advocate for innovators. Pick my brain, go on or off the record as you like.

Ask me anything.

This is the chance for happy GXS clients to give approbation; have they been improving, or not? How’s the support, have they been conducting your migration properly and well?

I will post the survey right here later over the weekend.

Cross Post from Loren Data Corp’s President’s Blog: Antitrust Case Update

Without any editorial distortion on my part, Todd Gould, Loren Data Corp’s President, has posted an update on the upcoming¬†appellate hearing (oral arguments) in re Loren Data Corp v. GXS Inc. It is an important update.


White papers Posted on Automotive Industry Supply Chain

A White paper that generated some critical acclaim has been posted to the portfolio samples page of this blog. The paper is meant to be a layman’s introduction to the EDI vs. XML issues of the 69 page Automotive Supply Chain monograph I completed for France Telecom. Although few folks would read this for pleasure, potential clients and /or future partners may like to review it as just another piece of my collateral.

This particular paper was singled out for recognition by several in-the-know types in the supply chain infrastructure enabling industry, especially the EDI over internet folks.

See it the small one here:

See the big report on EDI vs. XMl networks for the Automotive Industry Supply Chain here