EDI integration refers to the connection between an EDI system and a back office accounts, warehouse or ERP system. It allows the automated exchange of data thereby removing the need for the manual re-keying of messages, such as orders, invoices, credit notes and ASN’s.
EDI integration is key to maximising the benefits of EDI as it eliminates the manual data entry otherwise required to move data back and forth between your EDI and back office system.
Benefits of EDI integration
- Improve visibility across your organisation
By managing all your trading partner transactions from your ERP system you can gain real time visibility over your trading partner messages, rather than having to log into individual web portals
- Remove manual processes from your supply chain
Automate the flow of messages between your ERP and EDI solution, enabling you to redeploy valuable resource into more strategic areas of the business, whilst removing erroneous data caused by human error.
- Improve customer service
Underpin your message automation with stringent business rules and advanced error checking to improve message accuracy and ensure you never miss a trading deadline.
There are generally three different types of integration:
- Direct integration
This allows the user to transfer EDI information to and from the accounting, warehouse or ERP system automatically at the click of a button or at timed intervals. A direct link to the various databases used by your own systems is often provided by your chosen EDI provider and those links are part of the overall EDI system.
- Text-based CSV flat file
Flat file integration is more basic and does the same as direct integration but uses an intermediate file such as a CSV (Comma Separated) or defined text-based file, again processed by the click of a button or at timed intervals. The back office accounts, warehouse or ERP systems and the EDI provider will use an agreed format.
Similar to a flat file integration, but using a more complex structure to store the data, such as an Excel spreadsheet or Microsoft access database table. This often applies to older back office systems or ones with limited or predefined options.
TrueCommerce provides powerful, feature rich EDI integrations with all of the top accounting and ERP packages, to meet the requirements of small, emerging, mid-market and enterprise businesses. To see how other businesses are making the most of their EDI integration, read our recent blog post. Or to view our information pack click here.
A selection of our most common EDI integrations can be found below, or a list of our wider integrations can be found here.
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