Decade of Change

Posted by Brad Loetz on Jul 10, 2009 2:01 PM

What happened in the World of EDI in the last decade?

Well, at the end of the 1990's there was a lot of talk about “Is EDI Dead?” It was going to be replaced by XML. VANs were going to be replaced by AS2. Everybody can do EDI over the WEB! At the end of the decade, we were all tied up with Y2K (gee! I was even an AIAG-certified inspector!). In 2000, the “bubble burst” on a lot of the “go-go” Internet companies. Some lasted a year or two until their venture capital $$$ ran out. Some even survived. We thought it would be a transition to a perfect world where everyone communicated together in a paperless environment. But we thought that too when we went from the 1980's to the 1990's. Some things did get better then. Anybody remember when they had to recompile an entire EDI COBOL program everyime you added a partner or even changed the specs?

I have had a look around and many of the companies I knew have disappeared. Even some of the big players seem to have gone. Who are the current big players? Harbinger was merged away as was Supply Tech into something called Inovis. Gentran got bigger. Where did Seeburger come from? GEIS became something else called GXS. EDICT Systems is still around and got better.

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