EDI

October 25th, 2009 by Collin Canright | Filed under Technology.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) became the focus of my writing and career beginning in 1986, when Vince DiPaolo hired me as an assistant copy editor at CASHFLOW magazine. I loved technology and was one of the first people I knew to have a PC, a real IBM PC at home. EDI and electronic funds transfer, the two technical topics I covered at CASHFLOW fit my interests.

When CASHFLOW magazine moved to Atlanta, I used my knowledge of EDI to start my career as a freelancer. Initially I wrote for a newsletter called EDI EXECUTIVE, started by Vince and a Jack Shaw, an industry consultant. Later on I worked as an editor for Daniel Ferguson, another industry leader, on his journal EDI Forum, which we later rebranded The Journal of Electronic Commerce.

My first freelance article, sold on a query letter, covered EDI for Business Marketing magazine. One of my books is on EDI and the healthcare industry. I did a report on EDI and healthcare for the U.S. Congress, which was incorporated into a story on healthcare networks.

One of my favorite articles on the subject is a history piece that I wrote for Dan’s journal on contract from Vince. It’s a ghostwritten piece called “EDI at Sears: Past, Present, and Future.” I spent a bit of time in the Tower interviewing technology and business managers and learning how what was at that time the world’s largest retailer used technology to enhance business operations.

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