EDI has been used across many industries for decades and remains the most commonly used technology in B2B process automation.
Electronic data interchange (EDI) is a computer-to-computer exchange of business documents in a standard digital format.
EDI is intended to replace the manual input of data into web forms and emails. While email is also an electronic method, documents exchanged via email must still be handled by people rather than computers, while the main goal of EDI is to fully automate business exchange.
As EDI documents are processed by computers, a standard format must be used so that computers could explicitly “understand” the documents.
The most common documents exchanged via EDI are purchase orders and invoices. But there are many others, such as shipping status documents and payment documents.
With a fully integrated EDI system, the exchange process involves no paper, no people, and almost no time. The benefits that businesses across all industries derive from using EDI are the following:
Erply partner Docura (https://docura.net) offers different EDI solutions that are formed on the determination of which processes needs to be automated:
Ask Docura specialists (firstname.lastname@example.org) how to make your business soft EDI-enabled.