EDI Implementation: In-Depth Analysis
EDI Implementation is a successful end-result of definite steps made to develop a special strategy for reaching the highest effectiveness. Today we speak about in-depth analysis as an essential step to successful and effective EDI Implementation.
It is essential to start EDI integration after you have a general view of future benefits. The analysis will show in which part of the organizational structure your company can benefit most, which departments are most ready for EDI integration, which business operations will cost less to shift to EDI and where the savings will prevail.
There are two well-known tools that are the most effective to conduct the above mentioned analysis – CBA (Cost Benefits Analysis) and EDI Survey.
Cost Benefits Analysis helps to eliminate the company applications and business processes that are most ready to EDI deployment. Also this type of analysis helps to set priorities for EDI implementation.
In fact, Cost Benefits Analysis gives a description of the functionality of each present system including strong and weak sides and areas that can be improved by EDI. All business processes are analyzed in order to reduce manual interruption where it is possible. However, as we have already mentioned in the previous post, the main goal of the Cost Benefits Analysis is not to automate business operations but to make them run more effectively.
The EDI survey is conducted not only within the company but across the trading partners’ chain as well as customers. Its results must show whether EDI deployment will be supported by the partnership and in which scope. Also EDI survey helps to eliminate the technical abilities and skills, data types required by all trading partners and readiness to correspond the established EDI standards.
In order to meet understanding and to reach common efficient result there must be justifying arguments like: comparison of strong and weak areas, recommended alternations, capabilities of EDI to strengthen business operation cycle, timing and responsibilities division, funds usage specifications, personnel required and implementation schedule.