What is edi?Edi is the exchange of electronic business data between companies.
In edi data is exchanged between computers, without human interference.
Examples of edi:
- supplier receives electronic orders from buyer.
- supplier sends invoices back to buyer.
Schematic overview of edi:
So in edi business documents are exchanged between the ERP systems of companies. As the handling of the electronic business documents is computerised, this gives a lot of advantages:
- quick. Eg orders immediately enter your system.
- no manual entering needed.
- no errors in manual entering. Do not underestimate this.
- lower administrative costs.
- better cooperation with your trading partner.
Neither does it know how to exchange edi documents in a safe way with your business partner.
This is where Bots comes into play. Bots is specialised in translating edi documents from and to your ERP system.
Some edi details:
- Edi is often logistics driven.
- Edi uses standards like edifact, x12, tradacoms.
- Often administrative trade procedures are simplified/standardized.
- In edi, only data is exchanged (e.g. an order) - your administration and the administration of your trading partner are independent: it is not possible to 'look' into the administration of your trading partner (nor can they 'look' into your system).
- In edi data is exchanged between computers, without human interference; this is different from 'internet', where a human enters or reads the data.
- More information: edi on wikipedia.