Electronic Data Interchange is a  transfer of structured data without the need for human interaction, through defined message specifications, from one computer system to another. EDI has become the standard system of exchanging electronic documents with each other for large companies. Let’s address the main features and capabilities when choosing your EDI system.

Types of Electronic Data Interchange

Direct EDI

Direct EDI, also referred to as point-to-point EDI, creates a single connection between two clients. You work individually with each business partner in this approach. This offers leverage for business partners and is most widely used with a lot of regular EDI transactions between more significant consumers and suppliers.

Web EDI

Web EDI uses a standard Internet browser to execute EDI. To exchange information with business partners, companies use different online types. Web EDI makes EDI affordable for small and medium enterprises and corporations that only occasionally need to exchange EDI files with trade partners.

Mobile EDI

Users most commonly use EDI to send and receive business documents relevant to EDI either through a private network such as the Internet. EDI purchases will become increasingly mobile as digital becomes the platform of choice. Software applications for downloading onto digital devices, are a growing industry and soon you will be able download supply chain and EDI related apps from private or corporate app stores.

Features

EDI Document Support

Although EDI technology initially developed to make transfers of EDI invoices and EDI payments more productive, business documents that support other critical business processes were quickly tackled. Types of EDI records include contracts, invoices, purchase orders, notices of delivery, acknowledgments, accounts, catalogs, and more. The best EDI solutions support all primary EDI documents.

EDI Translation and Mapping

EDI software for efficient document visualization and the translation must be included in the EDI program you choose. EDI mapping and translation tools can take EDI data from one format to another to allow an end-to-end automated flow of EDI data from the senders, who are typically buyers and receivers, most likely suppliers, business applications.

EDI Scalability

The size of your EDI commitment may influence the type of EDI program that you choose to introduce. Most Web EDI systems operate on a’ per transaction ‘ basis, which can be economical on a smaller scale, say 500 or fewer transactions per month, but at larger volumes can quickly get out of hand. You’re going to want to look at all-in EDI solutions for a more extensive operation.