The use of EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, is growing rapidly; however it remains a great mystery to those who are suddenly told that they need it. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a set of standards for structuring information that will be electronically exchanged between and within organizations, businesses, government entities and other groups. These standards provide the structure in which the documents should be emulated, for example, invoices submitted from hospitals for insurance companies to pay. EDI would allow the hospitals to completely automate the billing in a safe and accurate manner. Despite being relatively unheralded in this era of technologies, such as the World Wide Web and Internet connectivity, EDI is still the data format used by the vast majority of electronic commerce transactions in the world. EDI standards can be born out of the business and their needs, but often time one of the four original standards is used. These EDI standards first appeared in the early 1980’s and, due to their success, are still in practice today. The most commonly used in the United States, often called the US Standard, is ANSI ASC X12 format. A key developer for DBC wrote the first X12 EDI packaged for use in the auto glass industry in 1993 and it is still in use today.
Here at DBC, we have a strong background with EDI in writing packages following the industry standards and also packages that follow proprietary standards. If you have an EDI need, we can help you with it; thus, giving your business a leg up in this area.
With the world becoming paperless and utilizing all the technology available, EDI will continue to be used predominately by virtually all businesses and organizations. Do not be confused by this science and suffer from not utilizing its powerful tools. Instead, DBC can help you develop an EDI module that allows your users to use EDI effectively saving time, money, and headache.
- Reduced postage costs
- Reduced expenses
- Speed. Because information is passed fast and with greater accuracy, time spent communicating with vendors is decreased
- Elimination of paper documents
- Elimination of labor intensive tasks such as data entry
- Greater accuracy of information