In about two months, many of Walmart's suppliers will reach Walmart's deadline for adopting Internet-based EDI (EDI-INT, AS2), in place of older VAN-based EDI. Many of these suppliers have already made the switch, mostly with help from a few software vendors that provide interoperable solutions, such as iSoft (which Walmart uses), Webmethods, bTrade, Cleo Communications, Cyclone Commerce, IPNet, and Sterling Commerce. As I've written previously, Walmart's mandate is a huge shot in the arm
for such software providers. And as I predicted
last September, other retailers (Home Depot, Lowe's, and others) have followed Walmart's lead in converting to Internet-based EDI, creating strong incentives for adoption of these standards throughout the retail supply chain.
Internet e-commerce is not getting a lot of buzz in the trade press these days, but in fact it's becoming a way of life for many companies.
CNet has an update
on the trend.