Getting Started With EDI
5 Step Process
An Action Plan for Vendors.
Step 1: Identify Internal Champions
IT Based Solution
EDI is a business process that uses an IT based solution. It is NOT an IT solution. A successful EDI initiative relies on champions from both IT and the business
IT champions will need to ensure any needed IT resources, including hardware, software and people, are ready and available when needed during your EDI project. They will also need to ensure that these resources continue to be available to support the on-going operations.
Business champions will need to understand current business processes, and be able to identify and impact change needed to support the EDI project and on-going operations.
Step 3: Select an EDI Solution
There are 3 main types of EDI solutions:
Internet EDI/ Web EDI
EDI web forms (such as Commport’s Internet EDI) – these solutions are hosted on the internet and are ideal for users that have a low volume of transactions or trading partners.
Integrated EDI Solution
Managed EDI (such as Commport’s Integrated EDI) – these solutions enable transaction integration. They rely on the solution provider to manage the EDI standards which allows the user to focus on their
business and system requirements.
Software and Services
These solutions rely on “edi translation software” which is often purchased and maintained on premise. They rely on the user to be able to perform their own application and data mapping between the EDI translation software and their business system. Users that pursue an on premise EDI translation software approach will also still require an EDI Services provider (Value Added Network or VAN) for the purpose of communications otherwise they will also need to adopt some communications infrastructure to manage their relationships with their trading partners.
Step 5: Implement
Once you have selected a solution and a provider, work with that provider to implement the solution. The actual implementation steps will depend on the nature of the solution and the approach of your
If you are concerned about how the implementation will affect you, ask the provider for details about their implementation approach, timeline and requirements during the selection process.