A Visual Explanation of DataPortal™ vs. EDI – Our Data Sharing Infographic

A Visual Explanation of DataPortal™ vs. EDI – Our Data Sharing Infographic

In the past, sharing complex data over the web in a quick and efficient manner was a daunting, and often times, overwhelming  process. Until now! We’ve developed an easy to use, web based software application that takes the stress, aggravation and expense out of sharing complex data over the web. Meet DataPortal™. To help demonstrate the simplicity of DataPortal™ and why it is the best solution for your data sharing needs, we’ve put together this amazing data sharing infographic that will walk you through the ins and outs of DataPortal™. We cover the basics from what sets DataPortal™ apart from other data sharing tools like EDI to how DataPortal™ works and who has has success with it. Scroll down to learn more » Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of:...

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DataPortal Eases Data Sharing Burden for Supply Chain Management

DataPortal Eases Data Sharing Burden for Supply Chain Management

When a major aerospace manufacturer needed help bringing new suppliers on board, it turned to DataPortal. This manufacturer works with hundreds of suppliers sourcing specialized components ranging from custom fasteners to sophisticated avionics.  In the fast-changing aviation industry, recruiting a cadre of suppliers who can meet demand quality specifications while ramping production quickly at the right price is critical for success. Yet this manufacturer was finding it difficult to even evaluate prospective suppliers, much less start doing business with them. Just sharing information about the details of future production plans and designs required each potential supplier to go through the lengthy and expensive process of implementing an electronic data interchange (EDI) system. As an attempt at more agile data sharing, the manufacturer started providing order data that could be viewed on Web pages. However, many orders involved thousands of items and Web page data could not readily be processed by business applications. The order data really needed to be delivered where it could be directly accessed by business applications – through sharing a relational database. The manufacturer, and we, thought there had to be an easier way for the supply chain to be managed. Our solution was an easy-to-use Web portal that would allow a potential or actual supplier to log in and easily see the manufacturer’s future orders. This portal provided data on both short-term needs as well as future, six-month forecasts to give all potential suppliers the widest view into the manufacturer’s needs. Our work with this customer was one of the first uses of DataPortal technology for sharing relational databases over the Web. Across industries, more and more trading partners are sharing more and more information – everything from production plans to engineering change orders to media files – outside of traditional EDI or ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems. In these days of just-in-time inventory, short product cycles and relentless cost pressures, they must share this data quickly and efficiently. Our DataPortal software enables secure, instant and effortless sharing of relational databases in their original, relational form across the Web. It’s as easy as sharing a URL, with no programming, configuration, firewall modification, data conversion or even client software installation required. The need to recruit new suppliers is only one of the use cases  DataPortal fills. It is, of course, just as useful for a specialized supplier who can meet a custom need for a global...

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