EDI integration is the electronic communication of business messages, such as orders and invoices, credit notes and ASN’s, internally between your own EDI system and your own back office accounts, warehouse or ERP systems, removing the need for manual re-keying of information.
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.
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