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Our EDI Integration Solutions provide efficiency to the warehouse process by automatically and bi-directionally exchanging data between EDI documents and the back-office financial system. An EDI Integrated Solution automatically imports business data from an inbound document, such as a purchase order, into your financial system or warehouse system. In turn, this accurate information is then used to automatically create outbound EDI documents, such as ASNís and invoices.
With our EDI Integrated Solution, the manual and error-prone data entry process is eliminated, saving time, freeing up human resources, and reducing costly trading partner charge backs.

While it is true that traditional EDI involves the use of rigid transaction sets with embedded business rules, which makes it difficult to work with, XML relies upon the practice of EDI to make business data exchanges and the benefits derived from them a reality. EDI has afforded companies with the opportunity to exchange information with one another, which helps to reduce inventories, get rid of merchandise faster and create a closer synchronization between manufacturing and distribution. Therefore, it is necessary not to disregard EDI as being outdated, but to learn from its success and integrate it with XML.

XML is a document-tagging language used to define the data fields within a document; XML is well suited for the Internet as well. XML can be used with HTML (hyper-text markup language) to create and manage the format of the information being displayed. While HTML is the standard for formatting documents for the web, XML presents some distinct features and advantages. Using XML. the author of a document can designate fields of information and define the format of that data. The document can then be parsed and translated for display on the web or imported into a database.

Unlike EDI, XML is very flexible and doesn't require the author to adhere to strict formatting and transmission requirements. EDI normally requires the use of a standardized document format and the use of a private, value-added network. On the other hand, XML can be used in an unformatted document to define the same fields of information as EDI.

The information can then be transported between organizations via the value-added network or the Internet, or between applications and databases within or across organizations.

 

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