Aurora EDI Alliance Press ~ Volume 4 Issue 3 ~ November 24, 2015

Welcome Note

Welcome to the fall newsletter of 2015. In case this is your first newsletter, if you'd like to read previous issues, you can find them on our website here.  The Aurora EDI Alliance Press is a quarterly newsletter dedicated to current issues, events, education and newsworthy items surrounding both EDI technology and the Aurora EDI Alliance. We would welcome any feedback from our readers on how to improve it. The Aurora EDI Alliance is a tightly knit group of U.S. companies and specializing in the implementation and maintenance of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in a variety of industries.  We are recognized experts in EDI, and can provide consulting, system analysis, design, development and training services as well as software implementation services.

Customer Spotlight

Montani Cosmetics, Inc., based in Chicago, IL, manufactures and distributes its own Dermisa skin care treatment line in the U.S. market targeting Hispanic consumers. The primary consumer is women 35 years and older that have specific skin care conditions such as dark spots, acne, scars, stretch marks, dry/damaged skin, etc. Dermisa's lotions, soaps and creams are safe for all skin types. Company and product details can be found on www.dermisa.com or www.facebook.com/dermisa. Dermisa brand products can be purchased nationwide in all major mass merchandising outlets, chain drugstores and supermarkets in locations with high Hispanic consumer traffic and also through online retailers. Dermisa's products are also exported to over 20 international markets as well.

Have You Seen Our New Video?

We recently worked with a video production group to have a video made that describes who we are and what we do.  We are quite proud of it so please feel free to take a look and share.

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Who is the Aurora EDI Alliance?

For next few newsletters, we will be doing short bios on each Aurora team member. For this one, we are featuring David Aird, one of our amazing tech support specialists.

David took an interesting journey to find his way into the EDI industry.  The story begins in Texas, where he was happily running a successful pawnshop.  His wife however, had a desire to move out of Texas.  She had suggested several places that interested her, but David did not share the same interest in relocating.  It wasn’t until they spent a week in Reno, that he found himself saying that he could see himself living in Reno.  They came back the following year to ski again and to gauge the employment opportunities in the pawnshop field.  He found himself with several job offers and they made the move to Reno that following summer. 

After the arrival of their two children (Amanda and Jack), David was finding it difficult to put in the long hours required at the pawnshop.  Realizing that he needed to be home more with his family, he decided to start down a new career path and took a job at a small company called EDI Support, Inc. (ESI), which later was acquired by Aurora Technolgies.  Even though this was a new field for David, he found the work interesting and challenging.  When David isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his busy family.  He also enjoys starting projects of all kinds.  Like many of us, he doesn’t always finish all of the projects he starts.  Just ask his wife about that.  Currently, he is working on improving his golf game and he is also trying to find time to re-ignite his passion for home brewing.

New Delta/ECS Sites for 2015

It has been a great year for the Aurora EDI Alliance in new software sales! Below is a list of our newest clients who are enjoying the flexibility and sophistication that Liaison's Delta/ECS brings to the table.

American Distilling Nutraceutical Corporation
Attain Med Western Overseas Corporation
Molten USA     Whitlam Label Company, Inc.

Blog Highlight:  Why We Love Liaison's Delta/ECS Data Integation Package

Nowadays, there’s all kinds of products that have multiple uses.  My new favorite kitchen gadget is a flexible spatula/spoon sometimes known as a spoonula, that scraps, stirs, flips and is heat resistant.  Not any ordinary spoon from the dollar store, you need to pay a little more, but I use this spatula/spoon ALL the time.  Why am I talking about kitchen tools?  Just like in the kitchen, we all want an EDI software package that can do more than one thing, that is…more than just translate EDI data. 

For the purpose of the article, I will be writing under the assumption that the reader has an EDI background.  In our industry, we have to anticipate many complicated scenarios. What happens if a trading partner...read more.

Aurora Partners with Aspen Systems, Inc.

When Aspen Systems, Inc., a fellow Liaison partner, decided to put their focus on integrating their Canopy ERP system, which targets food manufacturers/distributors, with Liaison's Delta/ECS, they reached out to us to see if we could help their clients with VAN services.  We were more than willing to partner with them.  This frees them up to concentrate on their clients' integration requirements and leaves the VAN piece to us, which is a big part of our business. Working with the folks over at Aspen as well as their clients, has been a pleasure and we look forward to a long and healthy partnership with them.  

Technical Terminology Time

SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) - SFTP is a file transfer protocol that allows organizations to transfer, manage and access data in a secure SSH data stream.  In most cases, when connecting to a VAN, the VAN will only accept either SFTP or AS2.  Both are secure methods for transmitting data.  The functionality between FTP and SFTP are similar but each uses different protocols, therefore a standard FTP client cannot communicate with an SFTP server.

Fall Fun Facts

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Photo appears courtesy of Tim Green.

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the Autumn of 1621 and didn't become a US holiday until 200 years later.
  • The heaviest turkey on record weighed in at a whopping 86 pounds!  
  • One study found that people born in autumn are more likely to live to 100 years old than those born born in other times of the year.
  • The word pumpkin comes from the Greek word "pepon" which means large melon.