EDI Translation and Mapping Services

Commport's Hosted EDI Translation Services

EDI Translation and Mapping Services

Most business and ERP systems don’t inherently read or create business documents using the international EDI data standards such as ANSI X12 and UN EDIFACT. As a result, there is some sort of translation or transformation needed to convert documents to and from business systems for use.

Commport’s allows customers to create business documents from an in-house system and have them converted to an EDI standard format that meets trading partner requirements. The document in EDI format is then sent using the VAN and communicated to the business partner who will convert the EDI standard document into their own system for processing.

Inbound documents flow through a similar path where they are received from partners into Commport’s and then converted to the specific format required for integration into the customer’s business system.

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Commport EDI translation, mapping, and new trading partner setup

EDI Translation Services

EDI Translation Services

Commport allows customers to create business documents from an in-house system and have them converted to an EDI standard format that meets trading partner requirements.

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EDI Mapping

EDI Mapping Services

Commport’s EDI mapping service can map data on an EDI-to-EDI basis or on an EDI to another format. EDI mapping automatically sends external data to internal systems, creating a repeatable process

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New Trading Partner Setup

New Trading Partner Setup

A trading partner refers to a business partner with whom you trade goods, and in the context of EDI, support the trade activities using electronic communications. Let’s take a look at new trading partner setup process

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How does Commport’s EDI translation service work for buyers and suppliers?

Outsourced EDI

Standard Example of the Step by Step Process of Outsourcing your EDI to Commport 

Step 1  Buyer sends their business document (e.g.: Purchase order) to the Supplier, via the Commport VAN to Commport’s translation service.

Step 2  Commport translation service translates the received document (purchase order) to supplier’s preferred format and delivers the converted document to the receiver’s mailbox.

Step 3 Supplier generates the invoice and sends the document to Commport’s Hosted EDI translation cloud for conversion to the Buyer’s invoice requirements

Step 4 Commport translates the invoice from the supplier into the buyers preferred document format and sends the translated document to buyer’s order management system via the Commport VAN and the buyer’s preferred communication method.

Benefits of Using Commport’s Hosted EDI Translation Service

security

Security – In today’s digital world it is highly important that all data transferred between businesses is done securely. Built on the foundation of Commport's Tier 1 Value Added Network, Commport’s EDI translation service leverages a modern security framework to protect data integrity while ensuring compliance with trading partner EDI requirements.

Speed

Speed – For a business to grow fast, automation and scalability are very important. By increasing the speed that business can be conducted, organizations can achieve greater productivity as they grow. Commport’s EDI translation service, built directly into the Commport VAN, can help reduce the processing time by eliminating data entry, integrating business transactions, and automating document exchange between partners.

Low Costs

Low Costs – Manually processing documents can create errors that can potentially result in chargebacks. Integrating documents right into business systems eliminates this risk while also reducing the effort associated with processing the document.

Simplicity

Simplicity – Many trading partners understand that it’s important to transfer accurate and timely information between them to improve business operations and cash flow. By leveraging a translation service, businesses can focus on their core competency, their business, and leave the technical requirements to the experts.

EDI Mapping Services

Commport’s EDI mapping service can map data on an EDI-to-EDI basis or on an EDI to another format.

EDI Mapping - Commport Communications

EDI mapping is a process of establishing the translation of EDI documents to or from a format that is used for integration.

During this mapping process, data structures are defined so that documents can be translated to or from an EDI standard format (EDIFACT, ANSIX12) to a proprietary file that can be easily integrated into a backend business system (ERP).

Here is a sample of some of the most common file format mapping supported by Commport’s Hosted EDI Translation service.

  • EDI to/from CSV format
  • EDI to/from TXT
  • EDI to/from SAP IDoc
  • EDI to/from Flat file
  • EDI to/from Excel
  • EDI to/from XML
  • EDI to/from Delimited
  • Flat file to/from Flat File (any to any translation)
  • UN / EDIFACT
  • ANSI X12
  • SAP IDoc
  • TRADACOMS
  • Flat files
  • XML

Benefits of EDI Mapping as a Managed Service

Automation

EDI mapping automatically sends external data to internal systems, creating a repeatable process

Simple

Reduce the number of unique EDI maps to the minimumal data to internal systems, creating a repeatable process

External Scalability 

Can connect to multiple trading partners quickly

Internal Scalability 

Can connect to multiple business systems internally; ERP systems, accounting systems, and many more

Flexible 

It’s easy to implement changes to the mapping for both external and internal data

Affordable 

Eliminate the manual process of printing and manual data entry, thus saving both time and money          

Accuracy

By eliminating the manual data entry process, it can eliminate human errors and the data is accurately imported into backend systems

Because making your business more efficient is our business