EDI Standardization: A global solution for successful business operations
EDI Standardization is what set EDI apart from other electronic methods of transferring data. Before getting into details about administration of EDI standards such as ANSI ASC X12 or UN/EDIFACT, it is important to understand why standards are used.
EDI standardization and particularly standards are built on the concept of making electronic business documents uniform, without regard to country or place of origin or industry. Even though a purchase order for a steel manufacturer will be different from a hospital purchase order, the EDI standard ensures the document’s integrity. The EDI standard provides the controls needed to track the exchanged electronic business documents and confirm that all the data that was sent, was, in fact, received and processed by the trading partner.
The use of published EDI standards enhances the overall usefulness of the intercompany business transactions. Millions of lines of codes have been written to produce multiple commercial products that translate EDI data according to standards. Hundreds of leaders from different industries have met for more than 30 years to develop and grow EDI standards worldwide.
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