Electronic Data Interchange

EDI is a structured electronic communication method that enables the exchange of business documents and information Trading partners without the need for human intervention. EDI replaces the traditional paper-based processes involved in business transactions, such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and more.



What is Commport EDI?

EDI facilitates efficient data exchange, enabling businesses to effectively collaborate with partners and automate critical business processes.

Commport offers both Integrated EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and Internet EDI services. Our EDI software facilitates the electronic exchange of business documents between trading partners. Commport Integrated and Internet EDI services enable businesses to transmit documents such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and other transactional information electronically, in a standardized format. The solutions include document mapping, translation, validation, and communication protocols.

Commport’s Integrated EDI integrates with all ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, and other business applications, such as inventory management, order processing, and shipping systems, creating a seamless flow of information between different departments and systems. Commport supports EDI standards such as ANSI X12, EDIFACT, EANCOM, RosettaNet, ODETTE and TRADACOMS, providing businesses with a secure and efficient means of exchanging information with their trading partners.

Commport’s Internet EDI solution leverages the power of the Internet, empowering small businesses to exchange ANSI X12 documents with their trading partners using a web-browser.

Commport’s EDI solutions enable businesses to establish secure and direct connections with their trading partners eliminating the need to run on premise EDI translation software and reduces communication costs.


Integrated vs Cloud EDI

What are the differences between Commport Integrated and Cloud EDI Solutions, and which one is right for you?

Integrated EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and cloud-based EDI are two different approaches to implementing electronic data exchange between business partners.

Here are some key differences:

1. Infrastructure:
  • Integrated EDI: This approach typically involves on-premises software and hardware installations. Companies set up their own EDI infrastructure, including servers, software, and communication protocols. They have full control over their EDI environment and may need dedicated IT resources to manage and maintain it.
  • Cloud-based EDI: In this model, the EDI solution is hosted and managed by a third-party provider in the cloud. Companies access the EDI system via the internet, eliminating the need for on-premises infrastructure. The cloud provider handles infrastructure maintenance, upgrades, and scalability.
2. Implementation and Setup:
  • Integrated EDI: Implementing integrated EDI can be complex and time-consuming. It often requires substantial upfront investments in hardware and software, as well as customization to integrate with existing business systems.
  • Cloud-based EDI: Cloud-based EDI solutions are typically quicker to implement. Users can often set up their accounts and start exchanging data within days or weeks, depending on their specific needs. There is usually no need for extensive customization or infrastructure setup.
3. Cost:
  • Integrated EDI: While integrated EDI may have lower ongoing costs once the infrastructure is in place, the initial investment in hardware, software licenses, and maintenance can be substantial. Costs can vary depending on the size and complexity of the implementation.
  • Cloud-based EDI: Cloud-based EDI solutions are often subscription-based, with costs based on usage or the number of transactions. This can be more cost-effective for smaller businesses or those looking to avoid significant upfront expenses.
4. Scalability:
  • Integrated EDI: Scaling an integrated EDI solution can be challenging and may require additional hardware and software investments. Expansion may involve longer lead times and increased complexity.
  • Cloud-based EDI: Cloud-based solutions are inherently scalable. Companies can easily adjust their subscription levels to accommodate changes in transaction volume or business growth without the need for significant infrastructure changes.
5. Maintenance and Upgrades:
  • Integrated EDI: Companies are responsible for maintaining and upgrading their integrated EDI systems, which can be resource-intensive and may require downtime for updates.
  • Cloud-based EDI: Cloud providers handle maintenance and upgrades, ensuring that the system remains up to date and secure without requiring user intervention.
6. Accessibility and Collaboration:
  • Integrated EDI: Access to an integrated EDI system may be limited to on-premises locations or require complex remote access configurations.
  • Cloud-based EDI: Cloud-based solutions are accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, facilitating collaboration and data exchange with partners worldwide
Discuss what solutions is right for your organization:


Find Your EDI Solution

Commport offers a number of EDI solutions to help you increase your business efficiencies

Integrated EDI
Integrated EDI

Integrate with your internal management system such as ERP, automating the processing of your EDI messages.

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Cloud EDI

Empowers you to begin exchanging EDI with your trading partners today… all you need is an internet connection!

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EDI Outsourcing - Service Bureau
EDI Outsourcing

Let Commport manage ALL aspects of your EDI relationships for you (trading partners/retail partners, etc.)

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