New Year, New ERP?

Migrating to a New ERP This New Year?

 Start involving EDI experts earlier in the process and save 1000's of Dollars!

Many companies realize the importance of streamlining their supply chain processes - the myriad of benefits reaped from automating manual processes in order to better manage large volumes of paperwork, reduce hours of administrative duties, and reduce the potential for errors that could be encountered at any step of the supply chain process.

When companies make it a priority to invest in a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, a large investment for any size company. A common mistake companies, regardless of size, seem to make when preparing to move to a new ERP business system is not involving EDI experts earlier in the process.  Most companies tend to place EDI on the bottom of the priority list.

The backbone of your business comes from your ability to fulfill customer orders and, in turn, receive prompt payment for those products.  The most important factor in streamlining your supply chain process is ensuring you can integrate purchase orders received from your customers, as well as issue invoices as simply and efficiently as possible.  A key component of establishing full integration is ensuring your import and export data files have mapping layouts available for your EDI solution provider to utilize when setting you up to trade with your customers.

Commport’s EDI analysts run into issues when brought in too late in the game. Some of these issues arise from third party IT professionals creating import and export files without knowledge of EDI standards and best practices. Companies are then forced to pay additional third party fees to revise layouts once they begin working with their EDI solution provider, resulting in a large amount of back and forth between your EDI provider and ERP system provider, thus causing your implementation fees to skyrocket.  Consulting subject matter experts early in the process allows them to work together with your ERP system support team to create/generate the correct EDI or flat file (.csv, .xml etc.) output and input files in a single effort, resulting in large monetary and time savings.  

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When considering the move to a new ERP system, call your EDI solution provider to provide consultative services to ensure you are following EDI standards and best practices when setting up your supply chain internal processes. Our implementers’ extensive experience assisting with these migrations provides invaluable direction on simplifying and streamlining your processes and creating correct import and export files to best suit your business needs.

To aid you in selecting an ERP business system, or planning your company’s migration to a new ERP software, Commport has created a checklist of items to review. We have also indicated the times at which investing in EDI consulting from your EDI provider is recommended and highlighted any red flags that should alert you to a possible software inadequacy.

9 Step Checklist to Integrate Your New ERP with Existing EDI System

Review

Review the supply chain and logistics components of the new ERP system to ensure you will be able to fully integrate your EDI documents.

EDI Consulting

Secure the consultative services of your EDI provider at this point in the process to help review the EDI components of the business system you are considering and to advise you on the pros and cons of the EDI platform it provides.

Import/Export?

Ensure the EDI component of the business system has the ability to import/export data files containing all the information in your documents.

Mapping Layouts?

Look into whether or not your system has file mapping layouts that identifying all data locations in the data file required for import/export documents.

File Format Sample

Provide the exact output file format (sample) that your EDI Provider will be creating to import/export to and from your ERP system.

Sample Data

Does the ERP system provide sample data files for each transaction required together with the data file map?

Best Practices

If the files are not readily available, involve your EDI provider’s Implementation Analyst to consult with your team and the third party ERP system support in reviewing your supply chain processes, offering recommendations and providing feedback on EDI standards and best practices, as well assisting with mapping your documents.

TP Contacts

Ensure you have EDI contacts for all of your Trading Partners.

Contact US!

When in doubt, contact the subject matter experts, your EDI provider.

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RED FLAGS

No mapping layouts of the required formats for both import and export files.

Cannot provide sample files of import and export formats from their business system.

Staff unable or unqualified to map a file into your ERP.

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Consider Moving to a New ERP System?

Considering Moving to a New ERP System?

Consulting EDI providers early in the process can help save 1000's of Dollars

ERP System - Commport Communications

Many companies realize the importance of streamlining their supply chain processes - the myriad of benefits reaped from automating manual processes in order to better manage large volumes of paperwork, reduce hours of administrative duties, and reduce the potential for errors that could be encountered at any step of the supply chain process.  Companies make it a priority to invest in a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, a large investment for any size company. A common mistake companies, regardless of size, seem to make when preparing to move to a new ERP business system is not involving EDI experts earlier in the process.  Most companies tend to place EDI on the bottom of the priority list.

The backbone of your business comes from your ability to fulfill customer orders and, in turn, receive prompt payment for those products.  The most important factor in streamlining your supply chain process is ensuring you can integrate purchase orders received from your customers, as well as issue invoices as simply and efficiently as possible.  A key component of establishing full integration is ensuring your import and export data files have mapping layouts available for your EDI solution provider to utilize when setting you up to trade with your customers.  Commport’s EDI analysts run into issues when brought in too late in the game. Some of these issues arise from third party IT professionals creating import and export files without knowledge of EDI standards and best practices. Companies are then forced to pay additional third party fees to revise layouts once they begin working with their EDI solution provider, resulting in a large amount of back and forth between your EDI provider and ERP system provider, thus causing your implementation fees to skyrocket.  Consulting subject matter experts early in the process allows them to work together with your ERP system support team to create/generate the correct EDI or flat file (.csv, .xml etc.) output and input files in a single effort, resulting in large monetary and time savings.  

When considering the move to a new ERP system, call your EDI solution provider to provide consultative services to ensure you are following EDI standards and best practices when setting up your supply chain internal processes. Our implementers’ extensive experience assisting with these migrations provides invaluable direction on simplifying and streamlining your processes and creating correct import and export files to best suit your business needs.

To aid you in selecting an ERP business system, or planning your company’s migration to a new ERP software, Commport has created a checklist of items to review. We have also indicated the times at which investing in EDI consulting from your EDI provider is recommended and highlighted any red flags that should alert you to a possible software inadequacy.

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The Security of EDI Data

The Security of EDI Data 

Since 1975, corporations of all sizes have put their trust into Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to exchange commercial transactions with their trading partner community, and since 1984, they have relied and put their trust into Value Added Networks (VANs) to move these transactions in a Store & Forward model for data handling.

Commport entered the EDI Services industry and became a VAN in 1985, and built a reputation for service and customer support based upon adding to and justifying this trust.

A 'Value-Added Network (VAN)' is defined as a private network provider hired by a company to facilitate electronic data interchange (EDI) and/or provide other network services such as message encryption, message translation, and management reporting. 

The Security of EDI Data

When a company hires or contracts with a VAN, that company trusts that their data will be safe from loss and kept confidential between them and the trading partner, and that the VAN will manage this delivery request and any returned transactions.  The ability to maintain the trust of the VAN or VANs involved depends upon the security of these deliveries – they went where they were supposed to go and nowhere else.

For almost one year now (all of 2017), Commport has been receiving misrouted EDI transactions from Global Health Exchange (GHX) who seem incapable of or unwilling to correct this very serious issue. In the retail world, such transgressions would not be tolerated and the perpetrator would suffer financially as confidential information between competitors could be involved. 

That is why all internal processes involved in handling Customer data have been developed to ensure at every step that the data is correctly formatted, correctly routed and correctly delivered to destination.  If an issue is found, the application involved immediately alerts Support and the issue is addressed within minutes.  For over 30 years, Commport has ensured that retailers and their vendors or customers get the correct data.

However, the traffic involved is Healthcare related which means not just money but patient safety is involved, and that is serious business.  In one three month period, traffic from one manufacturer experienced a 60% misroute issue with EDI destined for one hospital misrouted to another.  The costs to find and correct this issue at the hospital, at Commport and at the manufacturer are significant, but just as importantly the trust is beginning to wane for the trading partners involved.  Patient safety becomes the major concern.

In general, it is not nice to hang a competitor’s dirty laundry out for all to see, but we repeat, Patient safety is a major concern. To learn more on how  Commport can protect your EDI, visit here.

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EDI Costs – Hard Vs Soft EDI Costs

EDI Costs - Hard vs Soft Costs

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When problems arise with your EDI, it’s not only the compliance charges from your trading partner that ends up costing you money.

EDI is supposed to streamline your business by enabling documents to flow from your trading partners across the internet or a private network to your system and vice versa, without human intervention.  When this doesn’t happen … there are costs.

Hard EDI Costs

Hard EDI costs, which have an immediate impact to your bottom line, can come in the form of compliance charges if the problem you’re having means your outbound documents aren’t meeting your trading partners’ requirements.  Often charged per document, these can add up quickly if the problem is a systemic one that isn’t caught, and the mapping process that translates data from your ERP, Accounting or other business system into the EDI document that is sent is not corrected.  Seemingly one-off problems can be easily caught by a conformance checking process, if that’s something your EDI system enables.

Other hard costs can arise as a result of either missed orders that get lost in ‘the cloud’, or invoices that are never delivered to your customers.  Missed orders may not only mean that you miss out on that specific revenue, but can also aggressively sour your customer relationship, which in turn can contribute to declining sales.  Invoices that don’t make it to your customers on time can have a serious impact on your cash flow, as payments become delayed.

Soft EDI Costs

Soft EDI costs are those that you don’t see on your monthly expense reports, but chew up your resources, distracting them from contributing to your business growth.  These costs result from problems that take employee time to identify, work around, and/or resolve, such as performing track-and-trace with your provider or VAN, manually matching functional acknowledgments (aka 997s), and manual steps involved in ‘doing EDI’ if your system isn’t fully automated.  These issues are tedious and time-consuming for employees, meaning that energy is misallocated here opposed to being spent on building customer relationships, processing orders and other functions that ultimately helps the business thrive.

These types of EDI problems aren’t just an inconvenience – they also impact your businesses earning potential immensely – and if you are experiencing these issues, it’s likely a sign that your EDI ‘solution’ isn’t doing its job.  An EDI solution should be reliable. Documents should not go missing or be delivered late. Outbound documents should be validated, and you should be confident that you won’t receive rejection notices or compliance charges from your trading partners.  A service provider should be ready and willing to answer questions quickly and clearly, and should understand how ‘EDI problems’ translate into real-world business problems.

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Total Cost of Ownership and Cloud EDI

If you are using a Cloud EDI solution you should consider your total costs of ownership. All the direct and indirect costs might be adding up and it may be time to consider moving to an integrated solution.

Cloud EDI Solution - Total Cost of Ownership

Like many businesses you probably faced the requirement to do EDI with one of your customers at some point.  At the time you were probably looking for a “cheap and cheerful” solution with low-up front setup costs and minimal on-going rates to keep the total costs of doing business with that customer as low as possible.  Makes sense.  If this sounds familiar, you probably went with an on-line or ‘Cloud EDI’ solution.  Using a Cloud EDI system, you login to a web application to retrieve your orders, create shipment notices, key in invoices, print reports and trade any other documents your customer has asked for.

In talking to our customers we have found that businesses often make this choice initially and then never revisit it.  Who’s got the time look into such a small thing and “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”, right? If you look a little closer at it you will probably find that over time your business with that first EDI customer has grown.  You’re receiving many more orders than you originally were, you’re invoicing them regularly, and maybe you’ve even had other customers start up with EDI.  If so, it’s probably time to start thinking about the ‘total cost of ownership’ for the solution you are using.

 

What is “Total Cost of Ownership”?

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It’s an accounting concept that looks at all of the direct and indirect costs of a product or system.  For a Cloud EDI solution, direct costs would include a monthly account or access fee, any transaction charges, support fees, etc.  All of those line items that show up on your monthly bill.  Indirect costs are everything else that costs you time and/or money to use and support the system.  That means all of the time spent logging into a web application, printing out orders, building the shipment document and creating the invoices.  Plus any time your staff spends on the phone or emailing the provider to resolve issues as well as any time spent dealing with rejections from your customer or missing transactions.

When you start accounting for all of those things, the expense and related pain of what was once a “cheap and cheerful” solution can really start adding up.  For most businesses in this situation, ‘doing EDI’ results in a replication of work which further compounds the costs.  You already have an accounting system or an order management system that you have to deal with in order to manage your internal supply chain procedures.  So now you’re not just processing an order once, but twice.  You’re not creating an invoice once, but twice.  More than just a waste of time, this increases the chance of human error, and creates the need to reconcile and manage the two systems.

With one customer on EDI and only a handful of orders, these indirect costs aren’t significant.  As your business grows these costs start to impact your bottom line.  They also distract from business development activities.

Is there a better way to do EDI?

There is.  You see, EDI was designed as a common language between machines.  Its supposed to be automated so that one system can talk directly with another.  For example, your customer's ERP talking to your accounting or order management system (or both), without any human intervention.   That means it’s not supposed to be you, or your staff, logging into a Cloud EDI system to print out your orders or create your invoices.

In a better system, your orders come in and are fed directly into your business system.  No printing it, no keying it in, they are just there!  There is a lower risk of human error, faster processing speeds, and fewer delays.  You are  afforded the convenience of creating the shipment information  and invoices that should be sent out to your customer without needing to separately create the EDI documents.

How would that work?

With an integrated solution.  An integrated solution will feed orders directly into your system, whatever that system may be.   Ensuring you’ve got all of the details you need to fulfill and ship that order.  It will take a copy of your shipment details and convert it into the EDI documents that your customer wants.  It will do the same with your invoices.  The reports you need will be delivered to you automatically via email or in another format, so that you don’t need to go find it.

Going Integrated will give you the tools you need to track your documents in real time and access to reports that will help you reconcile your documents as well without the need to rely on your EDI provider or customers for verification. Simple and easy right?

It will cut out all the duplication of work that a Could EDI solution creates.  This means it will bring down the total cost of ownership and free up time so you can get back to focusing on your business.

 

Why Do You Need an EDI Solution?

Why Do You Need an EDI Solution?

Consider the hundreds of pages you have to create and pile through every day in order to run your business. Consider all of the time it takes to interface all of these documents with other businesses and systems in order to keep moving forward. Are you as efficient as you need to be to succeed?

Manage Data with EDI

Manage Data with EDI

EDI solutions (Electronic Data Interchange) are designed to help you manage this massive amount of paperwork. The considerations for savings in time, potential errors from mistyped or incorrectly logged information, not to mention the impact on the environment—all of these are important considerations when you’re looking into an Edi solution for your business.

If your business model is based on having a series of processes that are labour intensive—yet completely necessary—in regards to a huge amount of work required to keep things running, then you will want to consider an EDI solution.

Manage Hundreds of Pages

Manage Hundreds of Pages With EDI

One of the major benefits to an EDI solution is the automation of otherwise manual process of managing hundreds of pages of paperwork and documentation that would otherwise be done by a human agent. There is a great deal of work that goes into creating the documentation and pushing it through to the next stage, not to mention managing that documentation at the various links throughout the process. At every stage, there is the potential for errors, and these errors all limit your productivity and present potential cost.

If your business relies on paper documentation and needs to process hundreds of similar paper orders daily, an EDI system can save you considerable time and money. The other consideration is the savings in time by being able to take multiple steps out of your process. 

There are various levels of EDI system integration; the system van be customized on the basis of how your company operates. It can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be.

Commport’s Integrated EDI solution can be scaled up or down depending on your needs. We have developed solutions for companies in various industries, including healthcare.

Why Do You Need EDI?

Why Do You Need an EDI Solution

To answer the question of why you need an EDI solution, first you may want to ask yourself how much time and money you are spending on your current manual paper process. If the calculation of time and expense justifies the investment for migrating to an EDI solution, then it’s something you need to strongly consider.

Feel free to contact us to determine whether an EDI solution is right for you. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our process, migrating systems, or EDI solutions in general.

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What do you need to get started with EDI?

What do you need to get started with EDI?

EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. It can make life so much easier for large businesses that need to pile through hundreds of pages of reports, invoices and data. Sounds great—but what does your business need to get started with EDI?

Getting Started With EDI

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First of all, determine the volume of paper transactions your company processes—this will help you determine how you will benefit from implementing an EDI solution.

If you have multiple documents that need attention from several agents throughout your process, and there is a large amount of data entry and document management required, then a streamlined EDI solution is for you.

The Origins of EDI

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EDI got its start in the automotive industry, and was lauded for its security and success. Now it has permeated into other various industries, such as utilities and Health care.

Now that EDI has become more widely adopted, many of the benefits have been built and improved upon.

EDI Integration

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So what do you need to get started? First of all, lay out your process for handling documents from one side of the chain to the next. What is the process? Does it require a great amount of manual intervention? Think of how many places in the process where a human agent is necessary to move the process to the next stage.

Step 1: How much variation exists between documents

Think about how much variation exists between documents. Consider that with an EDI solution, there should be seamless migration from one system to another. The less human intervention required, the better the system will perform.

 

Step2: identify your internal network

Next, identify your internal network. What are you currently using to move your processes forward? How would you benefit from having an EDI solution in place? What would it replace? Have you considered the time and energy considerations for implementing an EDI solution?

Step3: Plan out your workflow

Once your documents have been brought to a certain level, how are they to be passed to the next stage?

Once you have identified these steps, you will be that much more prepared to integrate an EDI solution to manage a lot of the legwork currently going into your document tracking and submitting process.

Step4: Type of infrastructure you need

What type of infrastructure do you need to have in place? The great thing about modern EDI solutions (Commport offers several solutions, including EDI software solutions like CyberLiNK) you do not have to have more than an Internet connection and the proper software installed to make use of the many advantages of EDI.

The nature of Commport’s solutions is to apply optimum security right out of the gate, so you don’t even have to think about it.

Know Your Goals With EDI

Know Your Goals with EDI

The main thing to consider is that you identify the goal and purpose for integrating the EDI solution. Once you have that, integrating the physical system is made easy with Commport’s Integrated EDI solutions.

So really, all you need to ensure you are prepared for EDI is a requirement to save time and money in your document creating, compiling and submitting process.

Consider also that Commport has EDI Outsourcing solutions in place for you, so there’s no hassle involved in making Commport part of your document handling and processing solution. Contact us for more information today!

Who Uses EDI?

Who Uses EDI?

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) refers to the process of exchanging form information electronically. In many cases, it has saves thousands of hours (and countless dollars) for businesses with scores of documents to complete and file.

EDI has been used in the past primarily by automotive and retail businesses, however in the past few years, the format has been more widely adopted. Manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, utility and construction companies are good examples of EDI clients.

The Benefits of Commport's EDI

The Benefits of EDI

Basically, any type of business that deals with large amounts of identical paperwork/form data can directly benefit from adopting an EDI solution. The benefits over using a paper system are clear:

  • immense savings in time
  • significant cost savings
  • reduced drain on resources overall
  • reduced error rates in data transfer (we almost want to say 'eliminate' here!)
  • improved security of data being transferred
  • reliability - you can have confidence that data is reaching its destination

Plus, with electronic transfer of data, the likelihood of typographical errors decreases, as does the increase in time having to verify orders that have been filled out by someone with poor handwriting. It all adds up.

Security of information is critical. The adoption of EDI infrastructure is also largely due to the convenience and the security of EDI. EDI used over a VAN (Value Added Network) is an even more secure way to ensure the data is reaching its destination and is being managed properly.

A retailer attempting to implement a “just-in-time” inventory philosophy (that is, cutting down on overstocked inventory and replacing inventory in demand) would do well to implement an EDI solution.

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Which EDI Solution is Best for You?

Which EDI Solution is Best for You?

10 Step by Step Guide To Find The Best EDI Solution Provider

So, you’re a manufacturer or supplier of goods. It could be tomatoes, it could be tires, it could be school textbooks...let’s just lump it all together as 'widgets'.

As you’ve probably already discovered, producing or sourcing those widgets is just the start. Now you’ve got to get them into an environment where they can be sold to an end user.

Commport Communications Integrated EDI Process

Electronic Data Interchange Explained

To accomplish this, there’s a lot of data and documentation that must be exchanged between you and a retailer. From Orders and Invoices to Remittance Advices and Advance Ship Notices, there are hundreds of business documents that can be exchanged between trading partners. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) has become the preferred method of exchanging this data between B2B buyers and sellers.

 

In simplest terms, EDI is a data pipeline that’s established between a supplier and a retailer, and data needs to flow in both directions. The aforementioned business documents flow from buyer to seller. Other data, such as standing inventory levels, sales reports, purchase orders, invoices and many other pieces of information flow from the seller to the buyer. In today’s Just-In-Time (JIT) retail environment, many retailers will only deal with suppliers who can provide data via EDI, and suppliers with any kind of sales volume generally find transmitting data via EDI solves a lot of internal data management headaches. But how do you choose the EDI solution that’s best for your business?

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Choose The Right EDI Solution

There are currently about 150 different EDI providers doing business in North America. Yes, that’s well over 100 possible solutions to your needs! It is important to choose the right EDI solution provider because they will truly become a partner in your business, acting as a liaison between you and your trading partners, facilitating the daily communication of business documents.

Deciding which one’s best could be a pretty daunting task, but everything starts to become a little clearer if you follow these selection criteria to narrow down the EDI provider field:

10 Step by Step Guide To Find The Best EDI Solution Provider

1) Determine the Specific EDI Needs of Your Business

Where are you now? And where do you want to be in 5-10 years? Do you want to play with the big, big boys on an international mass retail scale or are your goals more niche market and regional? Answering these questions will help to hone in on the extent of your future data management requirements and the levels of EDI transaction volume you’ll likely have. Not every EDI partner will be able to scale up (or down!) to meet your current and future demands.

2) Stability of the EDI Partner

A lot of these are the same questions you’d ask when screening any service provider. How long have you been in business? What sort of environment (office) do you have? Tell me about your data security standards? What is your system uptime record? If you’re not a techie, you may not understand all the jargon but at least you’ll have it to compare and ask those who do know.

3) How Accessible is Your EDI Partner when You Need Them?

The geography of your EDI partner is an interesting point. Yes, EDI operates in the same fashion as the internet. Yes, data can be transferred from one side of the world to the other in a flash. So, technically, the location of an EDI partner’s offices shouldn’t matter. But what if you need tech support or operational help? A partner located three time zones away may not be available when you need them. At a minimum, find out about a provider’s customer support policy and hours of operation.

4) Industry-Specific EDI Partners

Some EDI providers focus on very specific industries, product lines or even individual retail chains. Their entire business is based on servicing that niche and they’ve become very effective at dealing with the nuances involved. They can be a fantastic partner if you’re actually in their target industry but they probably won’t do business with you if you’re not.

5) EDI Scalability

As mentioned in the first point, some EDI providers focus exclusively on SME suppliers who only deal at a regional level, while others will only partner with high volume, international suppliers. Only about 25% have the scalability in their platform to effectively do both. Keep this in mind if you’re starting small but have plans for world domination.

6) References/Testimonials for Your Selected EDI Partner

Just as if you were hiring a builder, accountant or any other specialist, ask for a list of current clients to whom you can actually speak. And don’t accept a “no” on this request. Get their opinion on the platform’s usability, stability and functionality, as well as the partner’s customer service.

7) EDI Suggestions from Retailers

While they’re often hesitant to hand out pure recommendations, the retailers you are, or are aspiring to, deal with often have lists of EDI partners they know of or have worked with in the past. Conversely, while retailers may be able to make some recommendations, they may just be comfortable with their current provider and not realize that there are better options available. As a result, it is probably best to seek out additional recommendations as well.

8) Value Added Network (VAN)

A Value Added Network (VAN) is the system of gateways, switches and routers that connects the EDI data sender with the receiver. While there are about 150 EDI partners in North America, only a few manage their own VANs. Those that do are somewhat akin to suppliers who not only offers the phones (the EDI software) but also control the phone lines (VAN), as well. Providers that do not have their own VAN have to buy capacity on other providers’ networks. EDI partners with their own VAN have total control over transmission routing, system stability, data security and other integrity issues. Aligning with a partner that controls their own VAN goes a long way toward ensure your EDI functionality will always be there when you need it.

9) Does the EDI Partner Offer GDSN Compliant Services?

Compliance with the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is an emerging trend in supply chain management. Basically, the GDSN is a set of worldwide data formatting standards created to ensure there’s a common structure used by the thousands of buyers and sellers sending EDI data around the globe. Most large, international retailers now mandate that their suppliers be GDSN compliant, and it will become the industry standard over the next decade. If you want stay ahead of the curve, partner up with an EDI partner who’s already a GDSN certified data pool provider. There are only two in North America right now and they are on the leading edge of the future.

10) Software as a Service (SaaS) EDI Solutions

Do you want your EDI software and database to be hosted on your own internal computers or stored remotely and accessed anytime you need them via the internet? If you chose the latter, you need to source out an EDI partner who offers a SaaS EDI solution. You may have heard of Software as a Service (SaaS) and its close relative, “cloud” computing. Right now, about 50% of North American EDI providers offer a SaaS-based EDI platform. Because SaaS platforms are hosted remotely, they require no IT support from your end, no additional hardware, and can be accessed from anywhere there’s an internet connection. Plus, if your computers go down for any reason, your data is backed up and available on the partner’s servers. The entire software industry is slowly heading in this direction so, again, if you want to be ahead of curve and ready for the future, a web-based SaaS solution is the way to go.

Find out if Commport Communications is the right EDI partner for you! Contact us today for more information.

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Commport Expands Content Services and Technology Portfolio to Help Healthcare Providers Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiencies

AURORA, ONTARIO FEBRUARY 19, 2015:

Commport Communications International, Inc. announced today that it has reached an agreement with Prodigo Solutions to become the licensed reseller of its Healthcare Marketplace and related technologies in Canada.

Commport and Prodigo Solutions Agreement

Prodigo Solutions is a healthcare transformation company that improves provider financial control and reduces supply chain costs through pay for performance solutions made possible by people, process and technology. Prodigo Solutions’ savings technology has been developed by healthcare supply chain experts to deliver tangible results across a continuum of care.

Commport, already a leader in the Healthcare solutions market by providing digital solutions to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, such as EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and GDSN services, is excited about adding additional content services to its portfolio.  The Prodigo Solutions Marketplace provides a cloud based entry point for Healthcare Providers, large and small, individual and groups to move quickly to the efficient frontier of supply chain management.

“A recent review of Healthcare Providers and their Suppliers across Canada showed that an unsustainable number of purchase orders from the Providers contain errors,” stated Dave Ralph, President of Commport, “errors are a costly issue for any organization to manage and in healthcare they also introduce potential patient safety risks.”

Suppliers across the country suggest that error rates are as high as 60% in some situations and   that the majority of the errors are related to inaccurate or out of date product information.  Errors of this nature in an automated system can inflate the order processing costs of both parties combined by as much as 10,000% due to the manual investigative follow up required.
One provincial Health group estimates overall savings of several hundreds of millions of dollars is possible by implementing a better procurement process, based upon high quality, accurate product data and other content controls such as the Prodigo Healthcare Marketplace.

“The GDSN is the only single true-source of product data and only the GDSN can provide global continuously cleansed data in a timely and accurate manner,” added Mr. Ralph, “with a very high percentage of Healthcare products coming from other countries, a global reach is extremely important.”  As a GDSN certified data pool, Commport is uniquely positioned to tie product information, buying processes and data carriage services into a single package for healthcare supply chain management in Canada.

“Helping healthcare providers identify and drive substantial supply chain cost savings is our sole focus at Prodigo Solutions. By partnering with Commport as a Reseller, we can extend our value proposition to Canadian providers,” said Michael DeLuca, executive vice president of Technology and Client Services at Prodigo Solutions, Inc. “We chose to expand our business with a partner like Commport because the company not only understands the Canadian healthcare system well, but also has deep relationships within the provincial health authorities and at the hospital level.”

Commport plans an aggressive promotional effort to ensure that all Healthcare Providers have an opportunity to investigate this leading edge technology.

About Prodigo
Prodigo Solutions is a healthcare supply chain focused company helping providers gain control of supply chain spend through contract compliance and automation.  Powered by a proven, cloud-based technology, Prodigo’s suite of solutions delivers cost savings to leading U.S. health systems, including 4 of the top 15 US News & World Report Honor Roll hospitals. For more information, visit ProdigoSolutions.com.

 

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