Leveraging EDI in More Areas of Your Business
Technology has improved business at every level, from accounting to marketing. In addition to EDI, there’s a good chance that your company is using several other products or services to make your business more efficient and to gain an advantage over the competition.
You may be surprised to learn that many of the modern business services available also integrate with EDI, allowing you to potentially get even more value from EDI and the other services you’re using.
However, before we get into all of the benefits EDI integrations offer, we’re going to go over what EDI integrations are and how they work.
What Are EDI Integrations?
EDI integrations create a seamless connection between your EDI management software and other business software you use, eliminating the need for manual data entry and other tasks that would normally be required to transfer data from one system to the other.
EDI integrations are created using the API from a software or service, or through custom-designed solutions that result from companies that partner together.
EDI integrations typically require minimal effort to configure and work automatically from that point on. As EDI technology continues to improve, we expect to see more integrations from the most traditional business services to meet the growing demand for increased efficiency.
How EDI Integrations Enhance Your Business
Since EDI integrations increase the speed of data exchange, your business becomes more efficient, which is something we all strive for. Plus, as with EDI, these integrations protect the accuracy of your data by eliminating manual data entry between services.
Your business can be enhanced in a variety of ways from EDI integrations, depending on what you integrate. One of the most common integrations with EDI is through ERP software, allowing businesses to consolidate their order fulfillment processes, shorten their order-to-cash cycle, and maintain full visibility in transactions with all customers.
Essentially, you are combining the power and effectiveness of your business services with the convenience and efficiency of EDI.
The Types of Services That Integrate With EDI
Most business services follow the SaaS (service as a subscription) model that allows you to pay a monthly rate for access to a cloud-based solution. This model has made enterprise-caliber services cost-effective for small businesses, as well as large companies.
Ideally, we want all of our various solutions to work together, instead of separately, because it makes life much easier. However, this usually isn’t the case, and that’s why software that integrates with EDI is especially valuable.
The most common types of software that integrate with EDI include:
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions
- Accounting solutions
- E-commerce solutions
Our most popular integration is our EDI solution for Infor VISUAL ERP. Using this EDI integration, you can send and receive EDI data from your Infor VISUAL dashboard without having to complete any separate EDI processes.
This creates a real end-to-end ERP solution that allows you to seamlessly manage the entire manufacturing process from one platform. Having full visibility of your manufacturing processes, you can quickly identify bottlenecks and optimize your processes for faster delivery times. As you can imagine, our EDI integration for Infor VISUAL ERP is a valuable tool for manufacturing companies and adds to the capabilities gained from their ERP.
An additional benefit that our EDI integrations provide is unlimited EDI exchange for a flat monthly rate determined by the number of active trading partners in your network. Integrating EDI with other services can raise the amount of EDI data you exchange each month, but it doesn’t have any impact on how many trading partners you have – we don’t believe you should pay more to get the most from the services you’re already paying for.
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!
Our team of EDI specialists is happy to answer any of your questions. We can help with outsourcing your EDI service, questions on EDI mapping and data translation, and any other EDI related questions and concerns.