Value Added Network


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Value Added Network

(networking)
(VAN) A privately owned network that provides a specific service, such as legal research or access to a specialised database, for a fee. A Value Added Network usually offers some service or information that is not readily available on public networks.

A Value Added Network's customers typically purchase leased lines that connect them to the network or they use a dial-up number, given by the network owner, to gain access to the network.
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Rommel (1997) loosely defines EDI as "the process of electronically conducting all forms of business between entities in order to achieve the organization's objective." This process involves connecting two or more parties through the means of an electronic network or Value Added Network (VAN) and transferring standard formatted information and messages.
When finished, customers currently using a value added network (VAN) will be able to use the Internet to order direct.
It's more important when choosing a value added network (VAN), a special online service that conducts business traffic between FACNET or a private corporation s network and the trading companies subscribing to the VAN.
This should not only include the entity being audited, but the value added network as well.
Neither EDI translation software nor a value added network are necessary for the process.
A Request For Proposal for Value Added Network Services was released by TGCC in December 1992.
The organization plans to provide technology support by continuing its Value Added Network (VAN) program, which provides association members with discounts on EDI services, as well as through the development of an electronic catalog, which will serve as a business to business reference connecting NHMA members with their customers.
One of its most significant initiatives to date is our Value Added Network (VAN).

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