Take the Plunge

Be Bold! For the brave, the reward is huge.

Have you seen the show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”? In the show, Bear Grylls, a noted adventurer, takes a celebrity guest into the wild. There, the guest is put into “life and death situations” such as repelling down a shear rock cliff.

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In this article I explain why this is a perfect metaphor for switching EDI Value Added Networks, or VANs.

Fear of Falling
On the show, guests face their fears as they do things like repel into a deep rock chasm. This is new to territory for pampered celebrities and the danger – falling to their death – certainly appears real enough when standing at the ledge overlooking an abyss.

When contemplating an EDI VAN switch the same types of fears can swirl. Worst-case scenarios such as:

  • What if I make us lose a key account
  • What if I disrupt communications

Can seem quite real and quite daunting. However, these fears can unnecessarily lead to missed opportunities. This fear also misses the bigger point – massive savings with instant ROI.

Reality Check
In the show, there are experts supporting Bear and ensuring the guest is kept safe. They know which ropes to use and how to tie the proper knots. They have repelled down hundreds, if not thousands, of cliffs and done so without a scratch.

Likewise, when you switch from your current VAN you will be supported by experts that have done so hundreds, if not thousands, of times before. They know the:

  • Procedures
  • Protocols
  • Pitfalls

They know all the right contacts. They understand that your success is the only success that matters and they will provide you with the tools and the resources to ensure that you are kept in the loop and supported every step of the way.

Picking the Right Line
When navigating uneven terrain it is imperative to pick the right “line”, or route. A little foresight and planning help ensure the safety of all involved. Likewise, your new VAN must be able to provide you with a roadmap including:

  1. Assisting with and completing all of the background work
  2. Providing the proper tools
  3. Supporting you throughout go-live day and beyond

These steps must follow a proven path and must be transparent to you. Your account manager must be in contact with you prior to the migration and during it. They must be on the lookout for any issues and work with you to ensure they are resolved quickly.

You need to have:

  • Real-time updates
  • Total visibility

This is especially important if you have:

  • Multiple internal divisions
  • Many trading partners

Before embarking on your trek, ensure these tools are in-place and available to you. They will assist you and your team during go-live and in the days following. This will provide peace of mind for your team members and give you confidence when reporting on your progress.

The Reward
Guests on the show are rewarded for their courage with a sense of accomplishment and a great story to tell.

Switching EDI VANs should be no different: and it won’t be if you select BOLD VAN.

You will have a great story to tell your CEO who will be very interested to hear that you have saved your organization a ton of money – with instant ROI.

In fact, they will probably be more impressed than if you had climbed a mountain or roped down a rock face.

Contact Us today to start saving 40% – 80% off your current EDI VAN bill today!

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