• Subject: RE: XML Attributes
  • From: "Carl Galgano" <cgalgano@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2000 17:30:54 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

Yes it would be.  When you are the customer doing EDI w/vendors, you set the
mapping, one map, bring up 100 TPs just like that.  That is how the big
retailers have been pretty successful with EDI.  My poor customers, mostly
on the vendor side, have to support umpteen versions of the PO.  The mapping
software does make it much easier though.  Before a good mapper, you
basically made changes to pgms to account for the changes in the standards.
It was truly a pain in the a.....
I have been watching XML and it's use for a while and have yet to jump on
the bandwagon.  It sure is a hot buzz word though.... but those come and go
too.  Basically a customer will have to ask us to do XML before we go out
and try to tell them we are smarter than they are and NEED to do XML because
it is new, cool the the best things.  Business needs still rule in my book.
Technology for technology's sake is worthless.
JMHO.
cjg


Carl J. Galgano
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
[mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of L. S. Russell
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 1:55 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Re: XML Attributes


That is what I was wondering.  X.12 works as well as anything, but it
would be so much nicer if all the mappings were consistant.


Carl Galgano wrote:
>
> I agree, BUT... that is the job of the EDI mapping software, to do the
> "reasoning".  Make all the data, regardless of how it looks on the input
> side, the same on the output side.  It is usually not the EDI systems that
> are flawed, but the application systems.  How does XML fix that?
> cjg
>
> Carl J. Galgano
> EDI Consulting Services, Inc.
> 540 Powder Springs Street, Suite C19
> Marietta, GA  30064
> (770) 422-2995 - voice
> (419) 730-8212 - fax
> mailto:cgalgano@ediconsulting.com
> http://www.ediconsulting.com
> AS400 EDI, Networking, E-Commerce and Communications Consulting and
> Implementation
> http://www.icecreamovernight.com
> Premium Ice Cream Brands shipped Overnight
>
> "You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know" - rw
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
> [mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of L. S. Russell
> Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 10:44 AM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: XML Attributes
>
> Good point, but the fact is that paper PO's are meant to be read by
> humans.  Humans, except for consultants, have the ability to reason or
> at the very least to call someone who is capable of reason.  A computer
> program doesn't have such luxury.  If a human sees 50 different styles
> of PO's a day he or she can figure out what the data means and what info
> is needed, any standards for paper PO's would only speed up the process
> but that is all.
>
> On the other hand a program depends on the layout of the document in
> order to decide what the data is and what info it needs to collect.  The
> computer program has no life line, it can't call a buddy, poll the
> audience or ask for a 50/50.  So standards are essential if the
> documents are intended for use by software.
>
> A document intended for humans eyes only can look like anything because
> a human can change its approach to the data, but a computer program
> can't -- it needs to see the same layout each time.
>
> > never heard of EDI, do you all the paper POs from your customers look
the
> > same?  Of course NOT.  one customer may send you a single PO with a
single
> > ship to location, another may send you a single PO and at the detail
level
> > of the PO order 10 widgets and have you ship 1 widget to 10 different
> > locations.  Do you dis the paper POs as not being "standard", of course
> NOT.
> > Some industries have attempted to create a subset implementation of an
> ANSI
> > x.12 document in order to speed implementation in a certain industry
> > segment.  Basically, the customer sets the rules for EDI and the vendor
> does
> > what ever it takes.  I don't see XML changing that at all.
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