Electronic Data Interchange only Takes Three Steps

Electronic Data Interchange has come to be among the most important aspects of international business today.  Thanks to the internet, companies are now able to network and partner with other companies all over the world, and this surge in digital connection keeps things moving more efficiently than ever before. And it is easy to see how this efficiency works, since Meade Willis edi services only require three simple steps to send documents.

STEP 1: Prepare Your Document

The first EDI step is to prepare the document you want to send. If, for example, you need to print a purchase order, preparation will include the creation of an electronic file containing all of the pertinent data for the building of the EDI document.  

Here are the some of the sources of all the related data and methods you might employ to generate an electronic document:

  • Live computer screen data
  • PC-based data exported via spreadsheet or database
  • Electronic report reformatting into new data files
  • The enhancement of existing application for the automatic creation of new files that are already set for translation
  • Purchasing application software via built-in EDI file interfaces

STEP 2:  EDI Format Translation of the Document

It is important to note that EDI’s biggest benefit is the assignment of documents into something known as “standard format.” There are many different “standard formats” that you can choose from but the overarching purpose is to unite many applications through compatible forms of communication within a computer network.

Thus, when you translate your documents for EDI you need special mapping knowledge.  Doing this ensures that you are able to define more appropriately what standard formats might be available for your data.  In order to do this you can either use translation software or simply hire an EDI provider.

STEP 3:  EDI Document Transmission

Having prepared the document by uploading it and translating it into a standard format, you are now ready for transmission. You can accomplish this by:

  • Direct connection via secure internet protocol
  • Use a preferred communications protocol from your network provider to connect via EDI Network
  • A combination of both of these, based on the particular variables, obstacles, needs, etc of you and your partners.