I thought it would be great idea to start a Buyer’s guide for Sage Software users. We often get into opportunities with customers with various levels of EDI related knowledge, some know EDI inside and out, can write Maps or some have no idea what EDI is.
Let’s start with the basics what is EDI ?
EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange, which is just a set of standards for Computer-to-Computer exchange of information either within an organization or another group like a major retail chain store. Think of the old way of doing purchasing, someone types out a Purchase Order and drives 3 miles away to drop of the order, that company then manually types the same document into the system and the order gets fulfilled somehow. EDI automates some of that functionality and removes the double entry and more importantly prevents errors to a certain degree. I’ll go into that in more detail later on as with EDI there are Web-Form EDI solutios that have a manual element to them.
How is an EDI document such as a Purchase Order (850) sent electronically? There are a number of ways to do that and the eBridge platform can support these functions easily for you. An EDI document can go via FTP, Modem, eMail, HTTP, AS1, AS2 etc.
An EDI Document usually has just the same amount of information a standard paper version has, the main difference is taking that data and getting it into the right system electronically either with printing out the EDI document received in a Web-Forms solution or integrating the systems together with an eBridge Software solution.
For more information on EDI check out Wikipedia’s link below:
It’s a great resource for finding out about a how the data flows and such.
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