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EDI Software

EDI. It’s all about standardization, right? That’s true, it is. EDI is a mature technology that’s delivered major efficiencies to tens of thousands of enterprises through standardization of business document exchange. But, while the core advantages of EDI relate to standardization, there is an amazing variety of offerings in terms of EDI software and services. Whether you are new to EDI or a long-term user, this article will help you better understand your choices, so you can select the EDI system best-suited to deliver a strategic advantage to your business.

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Unlocking growth potential with EDI

Change can be difficult. As your business expands, so too does the need to communicate efficiently with trading partners. For a small business, mailing, faxing, or even emailing paper-based documents is the standard. As transaction volumes increase though, these manual processes become an obstacle to efficiency and growth. Manually passing orders and other documents to trading partners is time-intensive. It’s also error prone. Another drawback is the introduction of delivery delays and slower payment. These limitations can even apply to businesses already using EDI, without proper optimization. A well planned and implemented EDI (electronic data interchange) system offers a solution.

Efficient operations and other EDI benefits

An EDI-based approach to business communication will reduce operating costs and improve revenue potential. Because EDI uses standardized message formats, it requires less processing time. It also promotes accuracy, limiting costly errors. On a per order/transaction basis, EDI is simply a less expensive, much more lightweight approach. There is a tangible, calculable cost to every order or business document you process. EDI cuts these costs to a fraction of what they are with more manual processes.

Businesses using EDI solutions report a number of business gains beyond more timely and cost effective order processing. Electronic data exchange is nearly instantaneous. Cutting the slack out of the standard order flow means customers receive deliveries sooner. Quicker delivery yields improved customer satisfaction and retention. EDI also offers cash-flow advantages stemming from quicker payment. EDI processing of orders increases the number of data points in the supply chain and their visibility. With transparency and better supply chain management, your company can reduce inventory on hand. Reduced inventory can be a major source of cost savings. Carrying less inventory allows your business to improve the use of warehouse space and avoid stock shortages.

Opening the marketplace with EDI

More and more, EDI means access. Many suppliers, and some very lucrative customers, demand their trading partners utilize EDI. For instance, if you want to do business with Walmart, you’ll need to communicate with EDI. Because EDI is such an effective way to cut costs, suppliers who require EDI communication are often the ones offering the most favorable pricing. Beyond simply helping you lower operating costs, EDI can help you tap new markets and form beneficial business partnerships.

Getting to the bottom of EDI

EDI is built-on a simple concept. By standardizing document message formats, it’s easier and quicker to process documents than it would be if each document was in a unique format. The fact that it is an “electronic” standard introduces the expediency of communicating digitally.

The most common documents standardized by EDI include invoices and purchase orders. But, there is a huge variety of documents standardized by EDI. Advanced shipping notices, bills of materials, payment confirmations are but a few examples.

EDI also specifies standards for communication protocols. EDI incorporates AS1, AS2, and AS3 protocols, allowing EDI documents to be reliably transmitted using SMTP (mail), HTTP (web), and FTP (file transfer) standards.

Choosing EDI services and software

Understanding EDI document flow is key to considering the different service and software offerings available to you on the market:

  1. A business document is created in your accounting or ERP system.
  2. The business document is translated from its native, accounting system format into an EDI document file.
  3. The new EDI document is sent to the EDI VAN (value-added network) provider.
  4. The EDI VAN provider electronically delivers the document to the intended recipient’s EDI mailbox
  5. The document recipient translates the EDI document back into a readable business document and processes it.

Given the number of steps in the EDI document flow, it’s not surprising that there are providers who focus on each step. There are also end-to-end solutions providers. In fact, some ERP systems include EDI as an integrated module that is part of the underlying system.

The first step of the EDI document flow is converting a business document into an EDI file. Many software solutions on the market provide EDI translation. An important consideration when reviewing EDI translation software is compatibility with your accounting/ERP software. Interoperability is the key concern when evaluating EDI translation offerings.

EDI VAN providers handle the delivery of the EDI document. The VAN provider will map the document to the recipient’s standards, provide testing services, and ensure proper file delivery.

One of the most important considerations when purchasing an EDI solution is the breadth of the service. Whether you are looking for translation software, a VAN provider to partner with, or a full ERP solution which incorporates EDI capabilities, there are a large number of options available to your company to consider. If you are looking to uncover the ones that are appropriate for your business, consider utilizing our free software search service.

Popular EDI Software Products

Looking for great EDI software options? Below you can check out a list of the products most commonly considered by others searching for EDI software. The list on this page is based on many years of real software matches. But everyone’s needs are different. Browse for fits with your specific requirements or let us help you identify your top options.

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Thanks! Having a service like this to help navigate the ocean of accounting software and help identify potential good-fits without having to delve through numerous bad-fits is of tremendous value! — Mark Carpenter
  • EDI Link by EDI Consulting Group

    EDI Link provides a link between your EDI data and your accounting system. This system will automatically generate both sales orders from the received purchase orders. At which point EDI Link converts your invoice into an electronic document for...

  • TrueCommerce by TrueCommerce

    TrueCommerce EDI platform is uniquely designed to make it simple and easy to implement EDI, and even easier to afford. That's why only TrueCommerce can provide all of the following benefits: Single-source, end-to-end solution - Everything...

  • Base2 EDI by DiCentral

    DiCentral's Base2 provides fast, efficient communication for your shipping, purchasing, and planning needs. It is the culmination of years of EDI experience. Our software is highly reliable and was one of the first EDI packages to be approved by...

  • BSI EDI by Business Systems Integrators

    BSI EDI gives you support for a rich gamut of document/EDI formats. cXML Format (Ariba) - Exchange Transactions via this Popular Portal XML Format - You can exchange orders and other transactions with many sources or destinations --...

  • B2BGateway by Shannon Systems LLC/B2BGateway

    B2BGateway is a fully managed and very inexpensive EDI solution. B2BGateway connects directly to your customers, picks up the orders and converts them into a format that can be imported into your system, with no input required by you. The same...

  • SPS Commerce Cloud EDI by zedSuite

    SPS Commerce Cloud EDI is designed and built exclusively to connect SAP Business One to the SPS Universal Network - connecting you to over 55,000 retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, 3PLs and more. The integrated EDI solution, powered by zedSuite,...

  • vSync EDI by vSync

    vSync EDI provides the ability to send and receive a variety of EDI documents within Dynamics GP, resulting in trading partner compliance and dramatic increases in accuracy and speed of the order-to-cash process. This software was developed...

  • TrustedLink by GXS

    OpenText TrustedLink™ is an Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled B2B translator that provides you with everything you need for EDI integration. TrustedLink™ is available in three different versions to support a wide variety of operating systems and...

  • MAPADOC ‑ Integrated EDI for Sage 100 by SWK Technologies

    MAPADOC is a fully integrated electronic data interchange (EDI) solution that allows Sage 100 ERP users a feature-rich product that is easy to use. Top 10 Features The ability for end users to create their own maps for all integrated...

  • Lingo EDI by eZCom

    At eZCom, we know today’s trade moves at lightning speed. And our innovative, cloud-based supply chain solutions ensure our customers come in first. That’s why we created Lingo–a smart and time-saving EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)...

  • HighJump WMS by Accellos

    HighJump WMS delivers a powerful, scalable and flexible real-time Warehousing Management System (WMS) for distributors. HighJump WMS has the power to help you: Increase supply chain visibility - HighJump WMS integrates seamlessly with many...

  • eBRIDGE for EDI by e Bridge Software

    The eBridge EDI Integration Solution automatically moves and integrates critical business data between an organization's EDI system and its back-end accounting application, eliminating manual and duplicate data entry and allowing for the accurate...

  • Epicor Financial Management by Epicor Software

    Delivering manufacturers the tools necessary to monitor financial conditions and improve decision making. Epicor financial management software is designed to automate and streamline your financial processes and create value through timely financial...

  • Credit Card Encryption by Nodus Technologies

    Credit Card Encryption (CCE) features advanced 128-bit encryption for all credit card information stored in the Microsoft Dynamics GP database including the customer card. All credit card numbers are masked down to the last 4 digits, meeting the...

  • ACCTivate! Advanced Inventory and Distribution Management by Alterity

    ACCTivate! is a complete business management system designed for inventory intensive businesses with one major goal ... to help them control and manage their operations efficiently and more profitably. It can help you take control of your...

  • Vantage Point EDI by Data Masons Software, LLC

    Vantage Point is a complete EDI and XML processing platform that enables users to achieve EDI intgration. Vantage Point is compliant with virtually any trading partner and has all EDI components integrated into one solution. Perform...

  • PRONTO‑Xi by Pronto Software

    PRONTO-Xi is Pronto Software's flagship ERP product. PRONTO-Xi offers flexible, scalable performance and a strong base from which to achieve an accelerated return on investment. It is a solution designed specially for small to medium organizations....

  • RedTail Transaction Manager by RedTail Solutions

    The RedTail Transaction manager will provide you with a comprehensive electronic data interchange (EDI) solution. This hosted service will allow you to receive and review electronic purchase orders. The system will then send POs to your accounting...

  • AbacusLaw by AbacusNext

    Unlike competing software that forces you to work within the constraints of the program, AbacusLaw is designed to let you choose how you want to practice, then configures to your unique needs. So whether you practice in one area of law or many,...

  • Fax 2 EDI by EDI Consulting Group

    Fax2EDI gives you just that a fax-to-EDI capability; thus providing you with a cost-effective way to trade electronically with your business partners, with just a fax machine. This allows you to trade with the large pool of smaller business who do...

  • MyB2B EDI by CovalentWorks

    ## EDI Services Perfect for Small Companies. EDI as easy as email. CovalentWorks provides EDI services for small companies that need to do business with their large-company customers. With the MyB2B small business EDI solution, your company can...

  • bcEDI by Beck Consulting

    bcEDI is built on nearly two decades of experience in the EDI solution space. It has been built specifically to make the EDI process in Microsoft Dynamics™ NAV easy to manage and cost efficient to deploy. bcEDI utilizes the latest technology and...

  • Apogee ERP by Vision/R4

    The apogee enterprise solution is a truly integrated cross-industry world class ma-nagement software. Designed with a modular concept, each application software fulfills a specialized role in the support of the client’s mission. Organized...

  • Pro_EDI by Encomium Data International, Inc.

    Our electronic data interchange software seamlessly integrates these transactions with your current business software. This helps to eliminate re-keying errors and increases data accuracy, which in turn makes your business run more efficiently....

  • Remote Desk by Bravo Software Group

    Remote Desk is a full-featured sales automation product and electronic commerce interface for ordering and quoting. It allows you to electronically connect customers, sales staff, distributors or branches to your central ordering system. With...

  • EDI/HQ by 1 Edi Source

    *Control your entire EDI operation with one powerful solution* We know that your EDI operation is unique and requires customizable features to help manage day-to-day business within your organization and trading partners. Unlike most EDI software...

  • Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition by Microsoft

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the next generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud. Dynamics 365 unifies CRM and ERP capabilities by delivering new purpose-built applications to help manage specific business functions, including...

  • Qualedi EDI Software by Qualedi

    MAPADOC EDI has the flexibility to integrate with many different translator software solutions including Qualedi™ for Windows. Since 1983, Qualedi™ has built its reputation in the EDI industry, based on it's innovative software development and...

  • EDI Integrator by /n software

    EDI Integrator includes software components for e-business communications, though all leading Internet standards for secure EDI transmissions. The components facilitate the integration of secure and reliable messaging and provide significant cost...

  • EXTOL EDI Integrator for IBM i (EEI) by EXTOL International Inc.

    The EXTOL EDI Integrator for i (EEI) is a high-performance, native System i software application for integrating external partner transactions with internal applications and data. EEI is used by companies in the supply chain to process...

  • NCR CounterPoint by NCR

    CounterPoint real-time software is a graphical point of sale and inventory management system that gives retailers complete data access and control over their business operations. CounterPoint includes a robust inventory management system,...

  • EDI Engine by 123 EDI

    EDI Engine™ was developed after many years of experience implementing EDI solutions in the field. It was carefully designed with the specific purposes of making EDI easy with a full featured and scalable engine. The software is versatile enough to...

  • PassportXChange by Embassy Software

    Embassy Software offers affordable, easy-to-use EDI software which includes all the EDI tools and EDI services you need to send and receive EDI data with your trading partners. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), defined as the exchange of data...

  • J‑Forms Web EDI by J-Com International, Inc

    *J-Forms Web EDI is the complete, user-friendly Internet based EDI solution with no EDI experience required.* J-Forms allows a buyer to quickly and efficiently bring their suppliers to EDI compliance. As a Web-based, hosted solution, j-Forms...

  • doc‑link by Altec

    Doc-link™ software is an integrated document management system (IDMS) that is interfaced with your business system to effectively eliminate paper from your office. Doc-link enables you to archive, process through workflow, retrieve and...

  • Kewill EasyTrade by Kewill ERP

    If you are looking for a way to electronically communicate information, but you aren't a large volume supplier, Kewill EasyTrade is the solution for you. This product is a robust EDI solution that eliminates the difficulties associated with...

  • PointForce EDI by TECSYS

    PointForce EDI allows you to electronically exchange information and conduct core business transactions between your company and your trading partners. Offering automated assistance for retail trading partner compliance, PointForce EDI is completely...

  • ORMED X B2B portal by Ormed Information Systems

    Ormed X is a secure B2B Internet portal that allows your buyers to come together with your merchants in real time. This product interacts with other Ormed and third-party software to eliminate data re-entry and errors. ORMED X allows you to...

  • Infor SyteLine by Infor

    Infor SyteLine is the solution of choice for over 5,000 manufacturers around the world. From repetitive to engineer-to-order, Infor SyteLine enables the processes you need to accelerate production and meet customer demand more quickly. Infor...

  • Inovis EDI by SL Advanced Systems Consulting

    Inovis EDI – Thinking about Electronic Data Interchange? Well, we have a solution for you. Whether you need to implement a solution for 1 trading partner or 50, we have the right tools for you. Inovis EDI will allow you to interchange...

  • EC GearBox by EDI Options

    EC GearBox is a complete EDI processing tool that helps companies satisfy all EDI partner requirements while providing a smooth, easy to use, non-technical interface. Using the EC GearBox, EDI data is exchanged directly with ACCPAC eliminating...

  • Electronic Data Interchange by AFS Technologies

    AFS Data Exchange is a fully managed, electronic trading and EDI solution that leverages the breadth of the AFS customer base and our extensive EDI infrastructure to electronically connect industry trading partners. AFS Data Exchange offers...

  • SYSPRO 7 by SYSPRO

    SYSPRO - Software You Can Count On Every day thousands of people on six continents rely on SYSPRO for information, functionality and technology. Formed in 1978, SYSPRO has stood the test of time as a company and as a business solution for...

  • EASYCONNECT by EDI Support

    EASYCONNECT software modules “bridge the gap” from the supplier's application software to its Trading Partners. Processes purchases orders, invoices an advance ship notices. Converts critical order information into internal codes....

  • Liaison EDI Notepad by Liaison

    The ultimate EDI editor, EDI Notepad Professional provides the features you’ve always wanted when viewing, validating, and editing your EDI transactions. Enjoyed by tens of thousands of EDI professionals around the world, and supporting ANSI...

  • Trakker ABC/ABM by Dekker Management Technologies Institute

    Dekker TRAKKER™ is the ABC/ABM software solution that provides companies with the ability to track accounting information and orients it into a full-up ABC accounting discipline. Actuals are tracked against models to see if goals and...

  • Aquilon ERP by Aquilon Software

    Aquilon ERP is a comprehensive, fully integrated business management solution with powerful financial and operations management functionality. Designed for small and midsized businesses, Aquilon ERP provides a single, affordable solution for...

  • Fax 2 XML by EDI Consulting Group

    Fax2XML allows you to expand your trading network by giving you a cost-effective way to trade with your fax-ready business partners. If you are not currently XML-Capable (as many small businesses aren't), this solution will give you the resources...

  • Trading Partner by EMANIO

    Trading Partner is an EDI translation software that allows small business to receive, translate and manually create and send EDI transactions from a number of trading partners. EMANIO has recently launched a new Version 7 of Trading Partner, with...

  • AIM Vision EDI by AIM Computer Solutions

    The base EDI product handles all the translation necessary for transmitting X.12 and EDIFACT transaction sets to and from trading partners. We offer EDI software for more than 150 different trading partners. Each are priced individually, so that...

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