You have trading partners that want you to send their documents via electronic data interchange (EDI). Can you do it? Convert documents to EDI data and route them to their destinations?
Of course, the answer is yes. If you’re new to EDI, you’ll find a way so you may capture the business. Moreover, if you have already implemented EDI either in-house or through a VAN, then mapping EDI is just part of your normal day-to-day.
In both scenarios, whether an EDI rookie or veteran, a Pack from Alpha EDI offers a host of benefits.
Packs contain three products: a mapping template, database tables, and insert scripts for your ERP. Let's look at how the three components of an inbound Pack work together.
The mapping template enables EDI data to get from point A to point B. It formats a document in a standard that follows a protocol, such as an X12 850 purchase order. 850 is the standard for purchase orders, and X12 is the protocol the standard must adhere to so computers may read the data.
A Pack mapping template routes the data and follows the relevant protocol. The process ends here for many companies, even for ones that outsource their EDI service.
Rather than leaving you with EDI data, the Pack then converts the EDI data to database tables. This conversion is automated and requires no human intervention. Having the data segmented is user-friendly allowing more people access to information in the transmission. You can diagnose problems (e.g. missing information) easier and faster when the data is readable.
This is where the Pack excels. The insert script integrates the data from the database tables with your ERP. EDI data integration means the EDI data sent from your trading partner is accessible right from your ERP, in the format you use daily. Thus, if you're receiving an X12 850 purchase order from Amazon.com, it automatically transfers to your ERP and is formatted in the purchase order form you use for all purchase orders.
You can reverse the process with an outbound Pack. For example, you need to send an invoice to Amazon.com. The invoice in your ERP segments to data in database tables. The mapping template takes the data from the database tables and formats it into an X12 810 standard and routes it to Amazon. All hands-free.
A Pack can facilitate the whole EDI transmission. Alternatively, if hosted, a Pack converts the EDI data delivered by your provider.
Pack is a revolutionary product. It doesn’t just map data. It enables your whole company to access and manage EDI data effectively and efficiently in the processes already in place. Business as usual.