Integrated Electronic Data Interchange

Commport Integrated EDI enables businesses to transmit documents such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and other transactions electronically, in a standardized format. This includes document mapping, translation, validation, and communication protocols. It integrates with all ERP systems.


What is Commport Integrated EDI?

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

Commport Integrated EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) software facilitates the electronic exchange of business documents between trading partners. Commport Integrated EDI enables businesses to transmit documents such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and other transactional information electronically, in a standardized format, without the need for manual data entry. This includes document mapping, translation, validation, and communication protocols. It integrates with all ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, and 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 Integrated EDI can integrate with other business applications, such as inventory management, order processing, and shipping systems, creating a seamless flow of information between different departments and systems.

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.


Benefits of Integrated EDI

Just some of the many benefits to implementing Integrated EDI within your business operations

Standardized Document Formats

EDI utilizes standardized document formats to ensure consistency and compatibility between trading partners. These formats define the structure and content of business documents, including purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and more. Standardization eliminates the need for custom integrations and enables efficient document exchange across industries and geographies.

Automation and Efficiency

EDI automates the exchange of business documents, eliminating manual processes. It enables real-time, machine-to-machine communication between systems, streamlining supply chain operations and improving overall efficiency. By automating data exchange, businesses can significantly reduce processing time, enhance accuracy, and improve productivity.

Cost Savings with EDI

EDI eliminates the costs associated with paper-based processes, such as printing, postage, and manual document handling. With EDI, businesses can minimize the need for physical storage space, reduce administrative overhead, and improve overall cost efficiency.

Improved Accuracy and Data Integrity

EDI eliminates the risks of manual data entry and the associated errors. By electronically exchanging data in a standardized format, EDI ensures data integrity and accuracy throughout the document exchange process. This reduces the likelihood of misunderstandings, discrepancies, and rework caused by manual data entry errors, leading to improved overall data quality.

Visibility and Tracking

EDI provides real-time visibility into the status and progress of business transactions. Trading partners can easily track the movement of documents, such as purchase orders and shipment notifications, enabling proactive decision-making and timely responses. This enhanced visibility promotes better collaboration, reduces delays, and improves supply chain transparency.

Scalability and Flexibility

EDI accommodates the growth and changing needs of organizations, allowing them to seamlessly onboard new trading partners and adapt to evolving business requirements. EDI also integrates with various internal systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and warehouse management systems (WMS), enhancing interoperability and data flow.

Regulatory Standards

EDI helps businesses meet industry-specific regulatory requirements and standards. For instance, in sectors like healthcare and retail, EDI supports compliance with the GS1 standards. By adhering to these standards, businesses can ensure regulatory compliance and streamline processes related to data security, privacy, and product identification.

Expanded Global Reach

EDI enables seamless communication and document exchange between trading partners across borders. It supports multilingual capabilities and caters to global business requirements. With EDI, businesses can easily engage with international trading partners, ensuring smooth cross-border transactions and fostering global business collaborations.

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EDI Translation Services

EDI translation services play a crucial role in enabling seamless communication between businesses

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) translation services refer to the process of converting electronic business documents from one EDI format to another. EDI is a standardized electronic communication method used by businesses to exchange structured data, such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and other business documents, in a consistent and automated manner. Businesses often use different EDI standards and formats based on industry requirements or partner preferences. These standards include ANSI X12, UN/EDIFACT, Tradacoms, and more. When two businesses with different EDI systems need to exchange information, they may require EDI translation services to ensure seamless communication.

EDI translation services involve several key steps:
1. Parsing:

The incoming EDI message is broken down into its individual data elements, segments, and loops. This process involves identifying the different parts of the message and extracting relevant information.

2. Mapping:

The extracted data from the source EDI format is then mapped to the equivalent data fields in the target EDI format. This step requires a predefined mapping configuration that defines how data should be transformed and aligned between the two formats.

3. Translation:

Once the mapping is established, the actual translation process takes place. Data is transformed from the source format to the target format according to the predefined rules. This ensures that the data retains its meaning and integrity during the conversion.

4. Validation:

The translated EDI document is validated to ensure that it adheres to the standards and requirements of the target format. This involves checking for syntax errors, missing data, and other issues that could hinder successful communication.

5. Enrichment:

In some cases, additional information might need to be added to the translated document to meet specific business rules or regulations. This could involve calculating totals, adding timestamps, or including partner-specific information.

6. Generation:

Once the translation and validation are complete, the EDI translation service generates the final EDI document in the target format. This document is then ready to be sent to the intended recipient.

7. Acknowledgment:

After the translated document is sent, the receiving party may send an acknowledgment (often an EDI acknowledgment document) to confirm the successful receipt of the message. This step helps ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data exchange.

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Find Your EDI Solution

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

Commport VAN

Acts as a single communications link to multiple trading partners, enabling the exchange of business documents

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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

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

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List of EDI X12 Transaction Codes

EDI X12 is a data format based on ASC X12 standards. It is used to exchange specific data between two or more trading partners.

Established more than 40 years ago, X12 is a non-profit, ANSI-accredited, cross-industry standards development organization whose work is used by an overwhelming percentage of business-to-business transactions upholding America’s electronic information exchange.

X12 defines and maintains transaction sets that establish the data content exchanged for specific business purposes. Transaction sets are identified by a numeric identifier and a name. Each transaction set is maintained by a subcommittee operating within X12’s Accredited Standards Committee.

Each EDI X12 transaction type is differentiated by a unique 3-digit number and there are more than 300 different types of X12 EDI standards for various industries from finance, government, healthcare, insurance, banking, transportation, and many more. ASC also contributes to UN/EDIFACT messages that are used widely outside of the United States and develop standards for CICA (Context Inspired Component Architecture) and XML schemas.


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