- October 11, 2017
- Posted by: administrator
- Category: EDI solutions
EDI capability has become a default requirement when doing business with your trading partners. If optimizing the supply chain is your priority, you should know that being EDI capable is an absolute requirement – there is no other way to do this. This applies regardless if your company has five vendors or hundreds of them – with EDI you simply streamline all your operations.
So what do we talk about when we talk about EDI?
EDI basically enables you to exchange documents electronically and manage the data contained in them. Until now, there are only two options regarding the implementation of EDI: you can either buy your own software and take care of everything or outsource the entire process to a team of specialists.
Compared to the manual processing of data that usually takes a lot of time and is prone to errors, EDI makes sure everything is automated and runs smoothly without any errors. Apart from that, it gives you tremendous visibility in the supply chain.
An added benefit, if there was any need for one, is that the effects are felt not only in your company, but also in your trading partners’ companies – a consequence that can be appreciated by everyone in the game.
What are your implementation options?
When it comes to deciding which way you want to go with the implementation, you need to weigh in all the factors that at the end of the day make a difference. For example, if you decide to buy and maintain your own EDI software, you need to prepare for the resources it needs and the financial obstacles you will find along the way. First of all, you need to get the software and install it. Then you will need to configure your mailbox so that it can receive EDI transactions. The next step involves getting the appropriate EDI hardware and ultimately meeting the compliance requirements of your trading partners.
And your work is still not done. At this point, building maps for each partner needs to begin and it can only be done if you buy and configure another type of software, the EDI mapping and translation software. This software cannot be maintained and upgraded by itself – you will require an EDI team or an already existing IT team for that.
All this is topped off by the need for the data to be backed up and protected from all sorts of digital fallouts: outages, cyber attacks etc.
If all that sounds like a hassle more than anything else, outsourcing these processes is probably your safest best. On top of that, it will be cost-effective in the long run and will steer you away from headaches.
What are the benefits of outsourcing?
When you outsource EDI, you will start noticing many benefits unfold both short-term and long-term.
It all begins with the installation process. If you outsource this to us, we make sure you get the right software and hardware, and we can make it functional in as little as one day.
We can provide you with a cloud-based solution, that is so accessible that it only requires you to have a decent internet connection. You needn’t worry about migration and compliance – we’ll take care of that for you. The VAN we provide has great uptime and is highly secure.
Outsourcing your EDI needs will reap great financial benefits straight away by not requiring you to hire extra staff, and in the long run by streamlining your business operations.
Choosing us as your EDI service provider can quickly turn things around for your business, allowing you to automate your business documents in no time, so that you can improve your trading partner relationships and increase your company’s profits.
If you are ready to take this new step for your business, don’t hesitate to contact us.