New To EDI ? The Straight Story.
I am new to EDI and I do not have time to read long, boring articles. Can I ask you some questions?
What does EDI stand for ?
Electronic Data Interchange.
Could you give me a one-sentence definition ?
It is the exchange of common business documents like purchase orders and invoices
using a standard format. The idea is that if one trading partner has already input
data into a computer system then that data can be sent and easily understood by a trading partner.
That is two sentences.
What do I need to do EDI ?
Two software programs.
A communications program to send and receive the data and a translator program to put that data where you want it.
What do you mean by where I want it ?
Simple. If you only exchange a couple of documents then you will just want to print them out.
If you have lots of documents then you will want them to go directly into your internal application system.
Are these programs expensive ?
They can be, if you choose the wrong EDI supplier. Our communications software is free and our
translator is tailored to precisely your needs. If your just getting started with one trading
partner then you are looking at less than $1,000. If you need integration to your main system
then that would be a few thousand more. This is because whether we integrate to ERP systems
like Genius Manufacturing or Visual Manufacturing, or accounting software like Simply Accounting
or Quickbooks, or any other main system, we need to properly implement, test, and train.
We handle the complete range of requirements for all sizes of companies in all industries.
Sorry again, but we have been installing EDI systems since 1991 and we absolutely hate it
when we have to clean up an expensive mess. People are getting ripped off with six-figure
EDI systems that also cost a fortune in maintenance and are very cumbersome to work with.
Calm down. I want to pick your brains some more. How do I get a hold of you ?
Just call us at (514) 262-9591 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org