EDI basics

The 4 + 1 Ways Software Maintenance Protects Your Business

I am asked by companies using our software what their annual maintenance plan really buys them. This question often comes up during the maintenance renewal process as they look at their system running smoothly, with no major projects or migrations planned, and no sweat on the IT director’s brow. Wikipedia…
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Do You Know Your Customer’s EDI Guidelines?

Photo appears courtesy of Brianna Lehman. As a person who has worked in the EDI area for many years, I have learned that it is not an easy task to always stay current and on top of all of your customer requirements. Not only are your customers always enhancing their…
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Why EDI is Like Community Theater

You might think this blog is a stretch – how can EDI, a very technical concept, be anything like Community Theatre, a very arts-based activity?  I’m going to tell you how. First you hear about an audition for a play/musical that a theatre group is going to produce.  In EDI, you…
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How EDI Helped Santa Deliver Presents this Christmas

This past year, for the first time ever, online sales in the U.S. surpassed in-store purchases. An annual survey byanalytics firm comScore and UPS found that U.S. consumers are buying more things online than in stores. The survey, now in its fifth year, polled more than 5,000 consumers who made at…
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Documenting Your EDI Processes

Photo appears courtesy of Nikki Tysoe. EDI Documentation – the one thing we love to hate but MUST do.  How do you run the inbound 850 process once the data is mapped?  What are common issues that prevent 850s from automatically creating orders?  What do you do if an 810 fails? …
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Integrate Your EDI

Picture appears courtesy of Martin Pettitt. At some point, as you continue to sell your product and add trading partners to your existing EDI solution, you may start thinking about integration. There are several reasons why you SHOULD be thinking about this, the first being the amount of data entry…
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What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About EDI

Picture appears courtesy of Giulia Forsythe.  This week’s blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI Services for Aurora Technologies.  Lots of people search for information on Wikipedia, don’t they?  What Wikipedia doesn’t tell you about EDI, could hurt you!  Or hurt your business.  Read on to get the 411. First…
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EDI 856 Demystified

Most people know that the Advance Ship Notice (ASN), known in EDI language as ANSI X12 856 and in EDIFACT circles as DESADV, is used to communicate details about a shipment to your trading partner.  The ASN typically contains information about the shipment and order details – products shipped with…
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Top 7 EDI Solution Considerations

All too often, organizations choose an EDI solution quickly and based solely on a mandate handed down from their customer.  They may choose whatever solution their customer recommends or find one by doing a quick Google search.  This is not always prudent and can lead to headaches down the road.…
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