EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is one of the foremost examples of a standardized business processes that serves to keep all parties on the same page and well informed. At each step in the Order Management Process, there are clearly defined documents required to be exchanged by both the buyer (usually the Trading Partner) and the vendor. With EDI, no one is left hanging, wondering what’s going on. It is worth noting, too, that EDI is mandated by all major retailers. Although there is a huge machine behind EDI – infrastructure, complex code, diverse skills – the users get a delightfully simple, predefined system. From Purchase Order to Invoice there is a predictable flow of information and results.
The image below shows a simplified life cycle of an order.
Does it make sense to DIY EDI?
DIY versus Professional Services
The abundance of reality TV and YouTube videos might lead one to believe that Do-It-Yourselfers can do anything, and save huge amounts of money, as long as they have the desire, basic skills and a can-do attitude. With those attributes, so it would go, your results can be every bit as good as those of a professional.
Certainly, you can try to DIY EDI and integration. For some companies that may be a win. For many, however, that ends up wasting precious internal resources. Often the forward-thinking move is to utilize the power of Integral Group and outsource your EDI.
Read more for 8 reasons you might actually benefit from outsourcing your EDI to Integral Group.
If you are ready to make the move, or just interested in exploring options, contact our Director of Sales Lee Mrkonjic to see how we can save you time and money.
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