EDI Workforce

EDI Workforce: Personnel And Training Needs Personnel from various company functional areas will one way or another be involved with EDI. For example, the accounts payable manager or clerk should be familiar with EDI operations if EDI invoicing is in place. The procurement manager or the buyer should be well aware of EDI operations if the purchase orders are Read More →

EDI Networking

EDI Networking & Telecommunications, Fail over, Backup & Disaster Recovery In the not-too-distant past, most EDI transmissions were sent via modems and telephone lines. While some EDI is still done this way, for the most part fiber optic cables and high speed internet have replaced the telephone modem as a means of data transmission. Typically an Read More →

EDI Hardware

EDI Hardware And Infrastructure: Operating System & Servers EDI hardware and infrastructure setup can range from a personal computer with internet access to a mainframe supercomputer depending on the processing requirements. It is important that all EDI software components (e.g. not just the translator) follow the same standards of appropriately selecting hardware and infrastructure environments. In extremely sophisticated EDI Read More →

EDI Additional Components

EDI Additional Components:  Communications Tool, Database, Business application,  Integration bridge EDI Additional components like database, business application or integration bridge will typically be sold separately from full packaged software bundles. Below you’ll find a brief description of additional tools used for EDI integration. Communications Tool Most EDI software packages will contain a communications management tool used for sending and receiving Read More →

EDI Software Environment: Translator & Mapper Millions of lines of code have been written for over 30 years to produce EDI related software. It would not be cost effective or efficient to build a home grown EDI translator, mapper or a communications adapter. There are many EDI software vendors available. If a company does not outsource Read More →

XML

XML and EDI Standards Development Process XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. The roots of XML development date back to 1977. It is a subset of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). XML was developed for the use on the internet by the governing body of the Web known as W3C. XML is similar to HTML, Read More →

EDI Standards

EDI Standards Bodies – Brief History EDI Standards are 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 standards are built on the concept of making electronic business Read More →

What is Not EDI

What is Not EDI: No Sending Via EMAIL or the WEB What is Not EDI? In order to understand what EDI is, it’s important to understand what EDI isn’t. EDI is not just a regular method of sending documents electronically via EMAIL or the WEB. EDI documents are standardized (according to a standards development body) in a Read More →

Electronic Data Interchange

Electronic Data Interchange Definition And Introduction To EDI Electronic data interchange (EDI) is a business-to-business, computer-tocomputer exchange of transaction information, such as purchase orders, invoices, and advance shipping notices. Each of these transaction types has a specifically defined, computer-readable format assigned to it. This is referred to as a transaction set, and more than 300 such Read More →

EDI Enrollment

Making electronic business documents uniform Standards are 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. Organizations such as BlueCross and Aetna deal with thousands of health care Read More →