EDI was innovative back in the 1970s, but most EDI systems haven’t caught up with the technological times. Suppliers are required to conform EDI transmissions to customers’ unique parameters, involving multiple point-to-point integrations. Onboarding, which includes integrations, custom mappings and manual validations, typically takes 12 weeks.
The future of EDI involves migrating toward cloud-based integrated networks. The cloud enables a single integration for multiple EDI partners by digitizing trading-partner requirements on the platform so they can be maintained centrally and reused.
The manual process of validating EDI transmissions is also eliminated, allowing connections to go live within days. Cloud-based EDI tools automatically stop invalid transactions, preventing chargebacks and damage to trading relationships. They do not require dedicated infrastructure, but communicate data over a reusable network with the use of modern APIs.
By streamlining onboarding and testing, cloud-based EDI eliminates errors and chargebacks and provides better returns on investment, increased revenues and improved bottom lines.
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